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Awareness! The Headphone App

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*USING HEADPHONES JUST GOT SAFER AND MORE CONVENIENT* Listen to music AND the outside world - Walking, running, jogging, cycling, or even lounging, Awareness!® helps you hear what's happening around you - Want to talk without removing your headphones? just tap the mic icon on the Awareness!® screen.

NO IN-APP purchases - Every feature is INCLUDED in the price.

TESTED on iOS9 and up to iOS9.1 Beta3 all working well. Tested on iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s and new iPhone 6s


"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!® V2.9.1 is heavily refined, has full iPhone5 graphics, a new help system and includes all the features that were previously paid options.

- MUST HAVE a headset with an inline mic for best results
- iPADS can use internal mic for static use
- DOES NOT WORK with Bluetooth/Wireless
- WILL NOT WORK on iPhone 3G



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.

- iOS4.3 or above inc iOS9
- iPhone 6s/6/5/4s/4
- iPod Touch 5/4 (3 with headset)
- all iPads to date

Awareness!® listens to the outside world using the inline mic in your headset. If a sound passes a threshold you set, Awareness! feeds the sound into your headphones

- Auto or Manual Level Setting
.. choose the level at which sounds interrupt your music
.. or let the app monitor background levels at an interval of your choice.
- AutoPause - Pauses music when the mic is triggered (works on iOS Music Player only)
- ClearVoice - Makes speech picked up by the microphone clearer and easier to hear
- dB Noise Meter - A dB Meter which measures environmental noise
- Microphone - Manual override to listen to what’s going on around you
- Vibrate Alarm - Vibrates when mic is triggered - warns of dangerous local noise levels.
(Note: Works with all audio apps except Music Player)

• EAR CARE: If you need to turn the microphone volume up high, you may be listening to music too loudly


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

• Comments, Support? Get in touch at

© Essency 2010/3. All rights reserved. Global Patents Pending

What's New in Version 2.9.1

UPDATE OCT 2015: SUCCESSFULLY TESTED and working on iOS9 and up to iOS9.2 Beta4. Tested on iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s and new iPhone 6s

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Customer Reviews

Life saver!

Came down with a double ear infection and couldn't hear out of either ear unless it was really loud. Got this app, now I just wear my headphones all day and can actually hear everything (almost everything) going on around me. I'd have spent the last 5 days completely deaf without this app.

PS: not sure if someone submitted a bug ticket for this but text message alerts don't come through when using the app.

Not really very useful for running

I have purchased this app and find it is not very helpful while running. Traffic approaching is audible to the naked ear before the mic picks it up.
Additionally, when the mic does pick up the sounds of approaching vehicles it is played in mono in the headphones so there is no directionality to the sound.
I am using the original iPhone 5s headphones..


Beautifully implemented, and beautifully functional. Does exactly what it claims to, which is exactly what I wanted. Nothing else like it in the App Store. Thanks for making such a clever and useful app!

Awareness! The Headphone App
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  • $6.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.9.1
  • Size: 5.6 MB
  • Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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