New iOS 13 function protects your hearing
Among the main new features brought by watchOS 6, we can mention a new Noise app on the Apple Watch Series 4 and 5, which allows to monitor and measure the ambient sound level. This alerts the user, if the noise level reaches a level dangerous for the human ear, in the event of prolonged exposure.
iOS 13 also includes a new health feature that protects your hearing, by monitoring the sound level from another source much closer to the ears, your headphones or earphones.
In fact, in the health app in iOS 13, there is a new health category called ” Hearing “. This section collects noise data from the Apple Watch, but also monitors the noise level of your headphones.
This function works with all headsets and earphones, however the most precise measurements are obtained using Apple (AirPods and AirPods Pro) or Beats equipped with the W1 or H1 chip.
The Apple chip makes it possible to monitor and record the exact decibel levels that come from the audio drivers of the headphones. While for all other headsets, Apple has no choice but to estimate the sound intensity based on the volume of the iPhone.
Where to find the sound levels of your headphones
If you are using AirPods or Beats wireless headphones, you do not have to do anything to configure this feature, it is enabled by default for all users, provided you have iOS 13.
To do this, go to the Health app, then press the Browse tab , then in the different health categories, select Hearing .
n this new page, you will see the noise levels of your headphones for the day, as well as for the past 12 months. The sound levels have two indicators, OK , if your hearing is not afraid of anything, and Noisy if the user is exposed to a prolonged and repeated exposure to a certain sound level.
Based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization, Apple explains that a noise level of 74 dB can be considered high in the event of prolonged exposure.
You can also consult the data on several time ranges, hour, day, week, month and even year.
Enable noise level monitoring for third-party headsets
If you use a headset or headphones from a brand other than Apple or Beats, you must manually activate the sound level monitoring, which in passing will also be less precise than with AirPods or Beats headphones.
To do this, launch the Settings app , then go to Confidentiality > Health , at the top of this page, press Sound levels of headphones , and finally activate the option Include other headphones .