Some of the hearing aids that have come to market since over-the-counter sales became possible in the U.S. have echoed the designs of earbuds and involved consumer technology companies such as Bose and Sony. The iScience paper takes the similarities between earbuds and hearing aids a step further by asking if Apple AirPods can help people with mild to moderate hearing loss. According to the paper, AirPods Pro met 4/5 standards for personal sound amplification products. The study found that while the device exceeded the decibel threshold of the equivalent internal noise standard, it performed comparably to a hearing aid in factors such as the smoothness and bandwidth of frequency response. To read more, click here.