How to Automatically Reduce Loud Headphone Audio in iOS 14

Introduced in iOS 13, Hearing Health is designed to help users avoid exposure to high sound levels, especially when using headphones for an extended period of time. With detailed information on the headset’s audio levels over the past hour, day and week, the health feature makes the process of tracking loud sound exposure a breeze. With iOS 14, Apple has improved it even further, including the ability to measure the volume level of headphones in real-time. Even better, it now lets you automatically mute the headphone audio on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.

Automatically Reduce Loud Headphone Audio in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

So what is considered good and high?

While long-term exposure to sound below 80 decibels is considered “OK”, repeated exposure to sound at/above 80 is considered “High”, which can lead to hearing loss. To be more precise, the louder the sound, the less time your ears should be exposed to it.

  • 80 decibels, exposure limit: about 5 hours/day
  • 85 decibels, exposure limit: about 2 hours/day
  • 90 decibels, exposure limit: about 30 minutes/day
  • 95 decibels, exposure limit: about 10 minutes/day
  • 100 decibels, exposure limit: about 3 minutes/day

iOS 14 lets you set the minimum decibel level over which you want iOS to automatically turn the sound down. Once activated, it keeps track of the audio level and reduces it the moment it exceeds the set threshold.

Which headphones support Apple’s real-time “Reduce Loud Sounds” feature?

This health feature is said to work with AirPods, AirPods Pro and some other headphones. Apple will support more and more headphones in the future. However, I expect it to work with Apple’s wireless headphones more efficiently given the deep integration.

Automatically Dim Headphone Audio on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open settings app on your iPhone and iPad.

2. Now tap Sounds and haptics.

sounds and haptics

3. Then tap Reduce loud sounds.

Reduce loud sounds

4. Then turn on the toggle for Reduce Loud Sounds. After that, use the slider to perfectly adjust the decibel level over which you want the iOS device to automatically mute the sound.

Enable auto mute headphone loud audio

You can choose set it between 75 to 100 decibels. After adjusting the slider, exit settings. As mentioned above, be sure to keep the decibel level below 80 to protect your ears.

Automatically Reduce Loud Headphone Audio on iPhone and iPad

So this is how you can protect your ears when listening with headphones. It can play a good role in preserving your hearing. In recent years, Apple has introduced a number of health-defining features into its ecosystem. Whether it’s innovative ECG, heart rate variability monitoring, or cycle tracking, Apple’s ecosystem is proving to be extremely useful for health-conscious people.

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