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Awareness!® For Etymotic

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(works fine on iOS9 and earlier)

To go forward with iOS10, iPhone 7 range etc, please buy Awareness The Headphone App, which offers all the features, higher performance and more.


AWARENESS!® FOR ETYMOTIC was included with the purchase of Etymotic headsets, but Etymotic have discontinued the program.

This app controls how much outside sound is heard while you listen to music, without the inconvenience of removing your headset.

It also features a useful dB Noise Meter to monitor how loud your environment is.

DOWNLOAD NOW to try it out.

- DOES NOT WORK with Bluetooth/Wireless
- WILL NOT WORK on iPhone 3G

AWARENESS!® FOR ETYMOTIC is an innovative mobile app for anyone who uses an hf3, mc3 or ETY•Kids headset and chooses to hear sounds around them.

 This multi-tasking app works in the background while you are running other apps.

Features include:

AutoSet - On start up, the app measures the noise around you. It then sets the level at which your headset microphone switches on, so you hear anything that is louder than the usual background noise.

Bypass / Mic - 
Switches your headset microphone on instantly.
Perfect if you want to hear what’s going on around you without having to remove your headset.

Microphone Boost – A high-power amplifier that boosts sounds picked up by your headset microphone. Use with caution, as this can cause loud feedback!

Microphone Delay – Adds a small adjustable time delay before the microphone switches on, to prevent the accidental triggering of the microphone caused by cable rub or wind.

Vibrate / Noise Alarm - Makes your iOS device vibrate when the set audio level is exceeded. Works with all audio apps except iOS music players.

VoiceOver UI - A special portrait accessibility mode, optimized for Apple's VoiceOver system interface for the visually impaired



If you want more features such as:

AutoPause - Pauses and resumes music when the outside noise exceeds the set microphone threshold, so you never miss a thing! Great for audio books. (For iOS music player only)

AutoSet Plus - 
Same as AutoSet except it automatically adjusts the microphone threshold at a set interval of your choice. Great on the move.

ClearVoice - 
Makes any speech picked up by the microphone clearer and easier to hear.

Ducking - Smoothly lowers your music when the microphone is triggered and turns it back up when outside noise drops to normal levels.

What's New in Version 2.9.1

- See below for more information

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Customer Reviews

Complete BS!!!

This is complete bull$#|t!!! They discontinued the app just to charge you $15. It's one thing to add features and charge for them, but to not fix an incompatibility with iOS 10 and charge for the fix is shameful!

The app wasn't that great to begin with. Your expensive headphones go from superb quality to crap with this app. Sure, you sometimes could hear ambient noise around you, but it jumped in and out was very distracting.

If I could give this app, negative stars, I would.

Can't register

I can't actually rate the app, because Etymotic's registration page has been "coming soon" since I bought my headset two weeks ago. They also did not respond to the message I left them.

Edited Jan 4: still no response from Etymotic about activating the app, and the registration page is now not found. Did you skip town, Etymotic? Haven't been able to take full advantage of what they promised, and I feel cheated.

iOS update has broken this

Used to love this app- especially when working very early or late and wanting to hear my surroundings on the streets. Since the newest iOS update (iPhone 4s) the app doesn't transmit mic audio to headphones. It shows up on the meter but no pass through.

Awareness!® For Etymotic
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  • Free
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.9.1
  • Size: 2.8 MB
  • Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).

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