Protect Your Hearing By Enabling Headphone Notifications On iPhone

High audio levels can cause hearing damage and iPhone ‘Headset Notifications’ remind users to turn down the volume when appropriate.

Whether it’s to unwind and focus on a task or to unplug from a distracting environment, it can be quite tempting to put on a pair of headphones and play audio on a iPhone. However, regularly blasting loud sounds into the ear ⁠, especially at maximum volume ⁠, can negatively affect a person’s hearing in the long run. iOS users who regularly use their devices for audio should explore Apple’s many features that help enhance the listening experience.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 700 million people are likely to suffer from profound hearing loss by 2050, an estimate that appears to corroborate Apple’s own research. The Cupertino-based company has packed its new wireless Bluetooth headphones, namely AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, with active noise cancellation features that can help improve and control listening. However, the iPhone itself has a few settings that can help users control the use of their headphones and make sure the volume stays at a healthy level.


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iPhones can send users a notification when they need to lower the volume on their connected listening device. To enable headphone notifications and ensure music volume levels are set correctly, go to ‘Settings‘, tap on ‘Sounds and haptics‘, and then in ‘headset security‘. Finally, change the ‘Headset notifications‘ Activate. It’s worth noting that in some countries and regions, this setting may be on by default, while in others, turning it off may not be allowed. Users can also find headphone notifications on the Summary screen of the Apple Health app.

Reduce loud sounds and analyze headphone audio measurements

iPhone headphone notifications

There is also an additional ‘reduce loud sounds‘ feature below ‘headset security‘ menu that iPhone users can enable. Once the toggle is turned on, they can drag the slider and filter out any sound that exceeds their chosen decibel level threshold. According to Apple, the louder the sound, the lower the user exposure. For example, listening at a level of 80 decibels (dB) for more than 40 hours over a 7-day period can increase a person’s potential for hearing damage. With that in mind, set the ‘reduce loud sounds‘ volume limit to a lower level may be healthier for a user’s ears.

Headset notifications are triggered when a user exceeds the 7-day limit recommended by the World Health Organization. Audio is watched over a seven-day period and limits are calculated using a combination of volume and time. The louder the audio, the less time a user can listen safely and the faster the limit will be reached. The headset notification details can be reviewed by launching the Health app. Play ‘Surf‘ at the bottom right corner of the screen, then choose ‘Audience.’ Select ‘Headset notifications‘ to review any data associated with a headphone notification that may have been triggered.

Audio measurements are most accurate for Apple or Beats headphones. However, the audio played through other brands of headphones can be estimated using the iPhone’s volume level. If an iPhone user regularly chooses non-Apple Bluetooth headphones for their listening activities, classifying the device correctly can improve your accuracy when measuring audio levels. To do this, go to ‘Settings‘ followed by ‘Bluetooth‘ and then touch ‘Information‘ (i icon) next to the name of the third-party headset. Paste ‘Type of device‘ then choose ‘Handset‘ so that it is recognized as such each time you connect to the iPhone.

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Source: Apple Support

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