Can you wear AirPods mowing?
Experts recommend you wear lawn mowing headphones when working on your lawn as they provide outstanding noise protection, but what if you don’t have the headphones or don’t want to spend more money on headphones? Can you wear AirPods mowing?
Yes, you can wear your AirPods Pro when mowing. AirPods Pro have an active noise cancellation feature that blocks most outside noise. And according to apple, the noise cancelation technology cuts down city center traffic noise to a bare murmur. It also cuts high-pitch noises to soft, low, pitched sounds.
This means that the AirPods can cut the high lawnmower noise to a comfortable level.
How to use AirPods for maximum lawnmower noise protection
1. Ensure that the AirPods fit well
The first thing you should do is ensure that the AirPods fit well. After all, there is no way to protect your ears if lawnmower noise leaks into your ears.
How do you ensure that your AirPods fit well? By choosing the right silicone tip.
AirPods come with three silicone ear tips: small, medium, and large when you buy them. The ear tip you choose depends on the size of your ears.
If you have already inserted the ear tips and aren’t sure you are getting the best possible sound quality and noise cancellation, you can use the ear tip fit test.
- With your AirPods in your ears, go to settings, then Bluetooth on your iOS device.
- Tap on the info button next to your AirPods, then tap Ear Tip Fit Test.
- If you don’t see the Ear Tip Fit Test, you need to update your iOS to version 13.2.
- Tap on continue, then tap the play button.
- If the test suggests you adjust or try a different ear tip, do it and test again.
You should note that it’s normal to need different ear tips on your ears. For example, it’s normal to wear a small ear tip on the left ear and a medium ear tip on the right ear.
Pull it firmly with your fingers at the base to remove the ear tip, where the ear tip is attached to the AirPod.
To attach the tip, align the ear tip with the oval-shaped connector on your AirPod. With your fingers at the base of the ear tip, push the tip onto the connector until you hear it click into place.
2. Choose the right noise control mode
AirPods Pro and Max have three noise control modes: Active noise cancellation, Transparency mode, and Off.
In active noise cancellation, an outward-facing microphone or microphones detect external sounds, which the AirPods counter with anti-noise, canceling the external sounds before you hear them.
There is also an inward-facing microphone that listens inside your ear for unwanted internal sounds, which the AirPods also counter with anti-noise.
Transparency mode lets the outside noise in to hear what is going on around you.
You can always switch between the noise control modes depending on the experience you want to have.
For example, if you want to block as much lawnmower noise as possible, choose the active noise cancellation, but if you want to hear the noise, switch to transparency mode.
You can switch between the modes from your AirPods or use your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac. For a more detailed guide on how to switch the modes on different devices, read this and this.
If your lawnmower isn’t too loud, you can get away with wearing AirPods only, but if you have a large or old noisy lawnmower, it would be better to put a pair of cheap ear defenders on top of the AirPods to add another layer of noise protection.
How do you get the most from your AirPods?
Besides ensuring that you choose the suitable noise protection mode and the headphones give you a good seal, there are several other things, you need to do to get the most from your AirPods. These things include:
Store the AirPods properly
Like any other thing, if you remove the AirPods and then store them haphazardly, they will get lost and increase the chances of damaging them.
For the AirPods to last for long and give you an excellent service, store them in their case as soon as you remove them.
Improve sound quality with headphone accommodation
AirPods Pro have a new feature known as headphone accommodations that enhance the audio from your AirPods by boosting softer sounds and specific frequencies.
For this feature to work, you should be running iOS14.
To access the feature, you need to go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Headphone Accommodations, then turn on the switch.
Tap on play sample to start listening to music. While doing it, tune the audio until you achieve a balanced tone. It also doesn’t hurt to boost the softer sounds.
Should you replace lawn mowing headphones with AirPods?
While some people prefer AirPods, others prefer lawn-mowing headphones. Which ones are better?
Lawn mowing headphones are better as they provide better noise blocking features, meaning that you are much safer with headphones. AirPods will cancel up to 30 decibels of noise, while lawnmower headphones will go as high as 90 decibels.
For the headphones to give you high noise protection, you need to buy the right ones. Besides fitting your ears perfectly, they also should be of high quality.