Use Live Listen with Made for iPhone hearing aids

With Live Listen, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch becomes a remote microphone that sends sound to your Made for iPhone hearing aid. Live Listen can help you hear a conversation in a noisy room or hear someone speaking across the room.

You can use Live Listen with an iOS device that works with Made for iPhone hearing aids.

Turn on Live Listen

Hearing Aids setting screen

  1. Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > MFi Hearing Devices.
  2. Tap your hearing aid under Devices.
  3. Tap Start Live Listen.
  4. Place the device in front of the person you want to hear.


Turn off Live Listen

Live Listen settings screen

  1. Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > MFi Hearing Devices.
  2. Tap the name of your hearing aid under Devices.
  3. Tap End Live Listen.


 screen showing Accessibility Shortcut on iPhone          

Use the Accessibility Shortcut

You can also use the Accessibility Shortcut to turn Live Listen on and off or control other features of your hearing aid. Set up the Accessibility Shortcut to include Live Listen. To use the Accessibility Shortcut, quickly press the Home button three times. On iPhone X and later, triple-click the side button.

The Accessibility Shortcut lets you do these things:

  • Start or end Live Listen
  • View battery life
  • Adjust the volume for either or both hearing aids
  • Choose an audio preset

To use the Accessibility Shortcut from the Lock screen, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > MFi Hearing Devices and turn on Control on Lock Screen.

screen showing playback controls on iPhone

Get help if you don't see Live Listen

  1. Make sure that your hearing aid is connected to your device. You might need to pair or reconnect your hearing aid.
  2. Make sure that your hearing aid appears in the device selection area of the playback controls in Control Center. 
  3. If you see a different accessory there, tap it and then select your hearing aid in the list that appears.


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