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Awareness! The Headphone App

By Essency

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Awareness! Variable Noise Isolation for all headphones and earphones. Awareness, with its iconic interface, has become the mainstay app for hundreds of thousands of headphone users since its release in 2010.

A must have for noise isolating and in-ear monitors.

Choose how much, if any of your environment you hear, listen to your music, listen to the world, or listen to both, the choice is yours!

Listen to music AND the outside world without having to remove an earpiece. Walking, running, jogging, cycling, at home, at work, or on your way, Awareness!® helps you hear what's happening around you while listening to music.

AutoPause – automatically pauses your music when someone talks to you, un-pauses when your conversation is over

AutoSet – one button setup, analyse background noise and turns the mic on for any sound louder than background noise

AutoSet Plus – continuously monitors background noise and only turns the mic on for louder ambient sounds, great for when you are on the move

ClearVoice – makes speech clearer and easier to hear

Microphone Boost – gives you super hearing. Caution can make the microphone very loud

3 Band EQ – NEW for iOS 10! - boost or reduce, high, mid, or low frequencies on the mic.

dB Noise Meter – display ambient noise as SPL (for entertainment purposes only)


"Awareness!™ listens for danger when you can't"


- The best Street Safety app, stay aware whatever you are listening to
- An aid for the blind and partially sighted – retain awareness using headphones
- A powerful hearing aid – louder than all hearing aid apps we’ve tried
- A Spy device for covert listening – can pick up conversations in rooms next door

Enjoy your music – but still hear danger
Awareness!® will interrupt your music for sudden loud noises like cars, screams or announcements. A must-have for joggers, cyclists and travellers. Perfect for exercising, jogging, awaiting a boarding call at the airport, or even listening to a podcast while watching kids in the playground.

You control how much outside sound is heard and when. No need to remove or re-adjust your earphones, even with noise cancelling or noise isolating headsets.

- Awareness!® could save your life, stop you missing a flight, or just let you listen & talk 

- Joggers & cyclists - hear that truck before it flattens you
- Travelers - watch a movie without missing your announcements
- Workers - listen to music but hear the phone ringing
- Multitaskers – talk to friends AND listen to music at the same time!

AWARENESS!® V2.9.2 is heavily refined, optimised for iOS10 and with new EQ on the mic channel and some nice performance tweaks.

- MUST HAVE a headset with a good quality inline mic or Awareness automatically uses your device's internal mic

- DOES NOT WORK with Bluetooth/Wireless


5 Star "One of the most useful apps we’ve seen” - WHAT MOBILE


"One of The Best Sound Aware Apps" SUNDAY TIMES

"The app automatically set a level to allow us to hear the loud noises around us, including when someone asked us to borrow a chair from our table. At home it blissfully kept neighborhood sounds from interrupting our music listening but piped through dog barks warning us of a visitor." APPSHOPPER

"Without doubt the most important app around" User Review.

- iOS10 or above
- iPhone 5 or above

• EAR CARE: If you need to turn the microphone volume up high, you are listening too loud.


• SAFETY: NEVER wear headphones where there is any risk of personal danger!

• Comments, Support? Get in touch at

Awareness!® is a registered trade mark belonging to Essency Ltd. © 2010/2016 Essency. All rights reserved. UK Patented. US Patents Pending.

Photos courtesy of Pressfoto

What's New in Version 2.9.2

Optimised for iOS10. Addition of new EQ on mic channel and some nice performance tweaks.

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Customer Reviews

Doesn't really work

Great idea but it doesn't really work. It just makes it so that when you talk you can hear yourself over your music. I know what I'm saying. I don't need to hear myself through my headphones. Anything quieter than speaking directly into headphone mic (even with it turned all the way up) doesn't register enough to do any good.

Save your money. I'd ask for a refund if I could.

Keep Your Money

Paid 6.99 for an app that didn't work, contacted support, finally got a reply after 45 days. App now works but won't leave the settings screen. I want my money back!

Seems to do exactly what I want it to do.

Seems to do exactly what I want it to do.

Awareness! The Headphone App
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  • $6.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.9.2
  • Size: 7.0 MB
  • Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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