Headphone notifications on your iPhone, iPod touch, or Apple Watch

Receive notifications when you’ve reached the recommended 7-day audio exposure limit.

About headphone notifications and volume

Listening to audio on your headphones too loud for too long can damage your hearing. Headphone Notifications let you know if your audio exposure has been loud enough for long enough to affect your hearing—for example, over 80 decibels (dB) for 40 hours total within the last 7 days.

Your iPhone, iPod touch, or Apple Watch can now alert you when you’ve exceeded 100% of the 7-day exposure limit while wearing headphones.* These notifications give you more awareness around your listening habits to help you protect your hearing. When you receive a notification, you’ll hear a chime, and your volume will turn down automatically. You can dismiss the notification and turn your volume back up if you choose.

*The 7-day exposure limit applies only to media audio. Phone calls do not count towards your headphone audio exposure.

Turn headphone notifications on or off

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPod touch.
  2. Tap Sounds & Haptics, then tap Headphone Safety.
  3. Turn Headphone Notifications on or off.*

You can also turn on Reduce Loud Sounds to automatically lower your headphone volume when it exceeds your set decibel level.

*Due to regulations and safety standards, headphone notifications can’t be turned off in certain countries or regions.

Review your notifications

  1. On your iPhone or iPod touch, open the Health app.
  2. Tap the Browse tab, then tap Hearing.
  3. Tap Headphone Notifications.

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