For Seniors: How to Manage Hearing Settings on Your iPhone 6

You will want to know how to manage the hearing settings on your iPhone. They are simple to use and make using your new phone much easier. Several hearing accessibility settings are simple On/Off settings, including:

  • Use Mono Audio: Using the stereo effect in headphones or a headset breaks up sounds so that you hear a portion in one ear and a portion in the other ear. The purpose is to simulate the way your ears process sounds. If there is only one channel of sound, that sound is sent to both ears.

    However, if you’re hard of hearing or deaf in one ear, you’re hearing only a portion of the sound in your hearing ear, which can be frustrating. If you have such hearing challenges and want to use iPhone with a headset connected, you should turn on Mono Audio. When it’s turned on, all sound is combined and distributed to both ears.

  • Have iPhone Speak Auto-text: The Speak Auto-text feature, which you access through the Speech selection under Accessibility, speaks autocorrections and autocapitalizations. (You can turn on both these features using Keyboard settings.) When you enter text in an app such as Notes or Mail, the app then makes either type of change, while Speak Auto-text lets you know what change was made.

    Why would you want iPhone to tell you whenever an autocorrection has been made? If you have vision challenges and you know that you typed ain’t when writing dialogue for a character in your novel, but iPhone corrected it to isn’t, you want to know. Similarly, if you type the poet’s name e.e. cummings and autocapitalization corrects it, you need to know so that you can change it back again!

  • Turn on LED Flash for Alerts: If you need a visual clue when an alert is spoken, turn this setting on.

  • UsePhone Noise Cancellation: If you’re annoyed at ambient noise when you make a call in public (or noisy private) settings, with an iPhone 5 or later, turn on the Phone Noise Cancellation feature. When you hold the phone to your ear during a call, this feature reduces background noise to some extent.