iOS 14's Sound Recognition Benefits Those Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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Apple released iOS 14 this week, and while there are several cool new features, one of them will be a huge help for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.


The new feature is called Sound Recognition, and it can be found within Accessibility. The feature provides visual cues for a variety of sounds happening in the user's environment. When a certain sound is detected, a notification will pop up letting the user know what was detected.

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The list of sounds include: cat, dog, household appliances, car horn, door bell, door knock, water running, baby crying, shouting, fire, siren, and smoke.


How to turn on Sound Recognition

Sound Recognition needs to be turned on before it can be used.


  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap Accessibility
  3. Tap Sound Recognition
  4. Tap the Sound Recognition On/Off Switch

How to choose sounds

  1. Tap Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Tap Sound Recognition.
  4. Tap Sounds.
  5. Tap the On/Off Switch next to the sound you want. You can choose as many as you want.


A safety note from Apple: "Don't rely on your iPhone to recognize sounds in circumstances where you may be harmed or injured, in high-risk or emergency situations, or for navigation."