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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.

• VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/user/EssencyHeadphoneApps

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

• Comments, Support? Get in touch at http://www.essency.co.uk/

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

Version 2.9.2

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

Ratings and Reviews

2.7 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

i got this too!!! ,

Why doesn’t it work with wireless???

It doesn’t make sense to me why this app shouldn’t work with Bluetooth headphones. The phone as a whole is connected to the headset whereas the audio output is already redirected to the headset and the audio input is already redirected to the headset mic. If the phone is already fully connected to the headset, it shouldn’t be very difficult to access the same pathways and apply those instead of the phone mic. I realize that it may be a bit more complicated than I make it seem but either way, this app would get way more satisfied customers with Bluetooth compatibility no matter the resources put into the acquiring of this technology. Also the audio output is, for whatever reason, choppy, staticky, and muffled. Please add an audio output equalizer to compensate.

Nanderthol ,

Affects music sound quality

Does what it’s supposed to but not well enough to use all the time. Once turned on my music gets incredibly trebly. The sound quality is really really bad. Happens whether the mic sound gate is open or closed. If there’s a settings related fix I haven’t found it yet. I can see this happening once ambient sounds are allowed through but really unacceptable for it to happen all the time. It should not be doing any sound processing when not activated. It’s bad enough that if I didn't think it would be a hassle I would ask for a refund. Renders the app completely unusable. I used earlier versions years ago when I bought Etymotic earphones and don’t recall this issue. Unfortunate.

OklaKen ,

Works well after adjusting to your hearing.

I got this to use with Smule for singing. I can hear my voice with the music and other singer. With learning and using the adjustments of the app, it works perfectly.
I haven’t used this out yet. I’m sure it will take some minor adjustments of controls.
I look forward to future upgrades such as Bluetooth. I know this app is new and will continue to improve.

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7 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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