Accessibility features on Apple products are not only standard but recognized as “trailblazing” by the accessibility community. Last May, the company released a campaign to highlight the way its features, like VoiceOver, were being used by the differently abled.

An estimated 15% of the American adult population has hearing loss but less than one-third of those who could benefit from hearing aids, actually use them, in part because of cost. Smartphones, more specifically listening to audio at too high levels, are estimated to put over 1 billion young people at risk for hearing loss, according to the World Health Organization. As the US population ages, it’s likely that the Live Listen will become a more affordable and accessible solution to a growing problem.

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