How to Use Headphone Security on Apple Watch

Along with ECG and Cycle Tracking, Hearing Health is probably the most talked about watchOS feature to hit the scene lately. In watchOS 6, users can set a decibel level to avoid exposure to loud or harmful noise. With the release of watchOS 7, Apple has further enhanced noise detection by including real-time sound measurement. Apple Watch keeps a tab on the headphone volume and automatically reduces sounds above a certain decibel tag. Follow along to learn how you can use Headphone Security on Apple Watch to keep harmful sounds at bay.

Enable or Disable Headphone Security on Apple Watch

The World Health Organization states that exposure to 85 dBA for more than 8 hours at a time can cause hearing loss. And at 100 dB, hearing can soon be damaged after just 3 minutes of exposure per day.

According to the WHO, 40 hours of weekly exposure to volume levels no higher than 80 dB is considered safe for adults. Exposure to sound levels of 75 dB or less for up to 40 hours per week is considered safe for children.

  1. Start watch app on your iPhone.

2. Now, tap on My Watch tab in the lower left corner of the screen.

Tap the My Watch tab

3. Next, tap on it. Headphone Security.

Choose Headphone Security

4. Next, turn on toggles for both Reduce Loud Sounds and Headphone Notifications.

Use headphone audio on Apple Watch

5th place, use the slider to set a decibel level. To help you easily understand the noise level at a given decibel level, watchOS also provides a useful example. For example, if you select 75 decibels, it states: “As loud as a vacuum cleaner.” When you choose 80 decibels, it will determine that. “As noisy as a noisy restaurant.”

Use real-time headphone audio metering on Apple Watch

And if you go all the way down to 100 decibels, watchOS will explain it. “As loud as an ambulance siren.”

If you want to avoid harmful sounds completely, I recommend choosing 75 or 80 decibels. Select the preferred decibel level and exit the setting. Apple Watch will kick the changes immediately so you can stay away from the loud noise.


  • If the Headset Notifications toggle is enabled, Apple Watch will send you an alert and automatically mute if you exceed the recommended 7-day limit.

Later, if you’ve changed your mind or don’t want to use this feature anymore, go back to the same Sounds/Haptics setting and then turn off the toggle. Reduce Loud Sounds and Headphone Notifications To disable Headphone Security on your Apple Watch

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Make the Most of Headphone Security on Apple Watch to Block Loud Sound

This is how you can turn Headphone Security on or off in watchOS to protect your ears from hearing loss. Whether you’re a health-conscious person or just want to get away from loud noises, you should make the most of this health feature.

By offering a host of health and fitness features such as Hand Wash Detection, detailed exercise tracking, and the ability to control heart rate recovery, Apple has made its smartwatch a great asset for people who are always looking for ways to improve their health. What do you say about this?

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