AWARENESS!® for Etymotic

AWARENESS!® for Etymotic
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Everyday uses of Awareness!

Listen to your music AND the outside world
with AWARENESS!® for Etymotic mobile APP

AWARENESS!® for Etymotic is a mobile app that takes the in-ear listening experience to the next level. Listeners can change sound level settings to hear not only their music, but the world around them. Perfect for exercising at the gym, jogging outside, awaiting a boarding call at the airport, or even listening to a podcast while watching kids at the playground.

You control how much outside sound is heard and when. No need to remove or re-adjust your earphones.

To use AWARENESS! for Etymotic follow the easy instructions to get you started.

  1. 1. Download AWARENESS! for Etymotic from the iTunes App Store℠*.
  2. 2. The Awareness App requires a username (email address) and a password to activate the noise isolation features. Start activation process here.
  3. 3. An email verification will be sent to you. Please click on the link provided to activate your account.
  4. 4. Open the App on your mobile device and enter your username (email address) and password you provided to unlock all the noise isolation features.

Why Programmable Noise Isolation?

Etymotic earphones offer the highest noise isolation available blocking up to 98% of ambient noise. There will be times when you want or need to be aware of your surroundings.

  • Maximizes awareness for any situation (commuting, outdoor sports, work/office communication)
  • Never miss an important announcement or communication—Stay aware.
  • Get the most of your ETYMOTIC noise-isolating headset + earphones.

Informative, easy-to-use mobile interface so users get the most out of their ETYMOTIC noise-isolating earphones.

Available from the Apple iTunes App Store

App Store

Download the AWARENESS! for ETYMOTIC App from the Apple App Store*

Then Register your Account to
access the following features:

Apple Lite
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Apple Pro
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Apple Pro*


$14.99 or $4.99 in-app upgrade

Programmable Noise-Isolation Controls

  • Microphone level control
  • Microphone threshold control
  • Microphone delay control
  • Microphone instant on/off
  • dB Meter

    Measures environmental noise levels.


    Makes all speech picked up by the microphone clearer and easier to hear.

    Vibrate/Noise Alarm

    Makes your device vibrate when the mic threshold is exceeded. This turns AWARENESS! for Etymotic into a useful noise alarm to warn users when they are exposed to dangerous noise levels. Can be used in conjunction with the dB Noise Meter.

    VoiceOver UI

    AWARENESS! for Etymotic is built with an optional simplified UI, optimized for VoiceOver for partially-sighted users.

    Mic Pad/Boost

    Etymotic earphones isolate so well that microphone gain is reduced by 6 dB. A Mic Boost button adds additional volume.


    Pauses and resumes music when the outside noise exceeds the set mic threshold, so you never miss a thing! Works only in iPod player mode.


    AutoSet monitors the sounds around you and automatically sets a microphone switching threshold to make sure you hear anything above normal background noise. AutoSet is active every time AWARENESS! for Etymotic is launched or when the button on the main screen is tapped.

    AutoSet Plus

    Advanced version of AutoSet that checks and adjusts the mic threshold at a set interval of your choice ranging from every 30 secs to every 5 minutes. Great for when you are on the move.


    Lowers the music when the mic is triggered and turns it back up when outside noise drops to normal levels.

    About Essency

    Formed in 2009 by experienced sound engineers and programmers, UK developer Essency builds innovative apps for mobile devices that make headphone, earphone and headset use, safer & more convenient.
    AWARENESS!® The Headphone App and the 'for Etymotic' Apps are the first in a series of advanced audio Apps for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Please visit

    If you are running AWARENESS! for Etymotic with a compatible device and the program does not work,
    contact the AWARENESS! for Etymotic support team.

    AWARENESS!® for Etymotic cannot be used during a phone call.

    AWARENESS!® for Etymotic is installed and the earphones do not work

    • Check to make sure you have not set the mic trigger level too high or the mic volume too low.
    • If you are using Etymotic earphones with no mic attached, make sure that the mic
      on the iPhone or iPod touch is not obstructed or covered.
    • Also make sure that the earphone plug is plugged all the way into the jack on your device.

    If you have to turn the mic level to maximum in your headset to hear,
    it usually means that your music is turned up too loud. Protect your ears!

    • Try the ducking feature by clicking on the tools icon then switching on ducking.
    • This will lower your music when the mic is switched on; however, there is an iOS glitch
      that may affect ducking on your device.
    • A future Apple update to iOS 4 will fix this problem.

    Acoustic feedback when App is active

    Mic volume may be turned up too high or the mic is too close to the earphones.

    Try the following:

    • Turn the mic volume to zero by using the slider on the far right of the screen.
      Then set your music or audio at a comfortable listening level.
    • Set the mic threshold to 0% by sliding your finger across the blue scale on AWARENESS! for Etymotic.
      This will turn on the mic.
    • Slide the mic volume up until you can hear the mic in your earphones at a comfortable listening level.
    • Tap 'Auto' or set the mic threshold manually (by sliding your finger over the blue scale) so the mic isn't triggered
      by the natural background noise. You can control the sensitivity by setting a higher or lower threshold.

    AWARENESS! for Etymotic does not work with Bluetooth® headsets

    Bluetooth® headset technology causes a noticeable delay in real-time applications. This is also why
    Bluetooth® headsets cannot be used to watch videos without the audio going out of sync.
    A Bluetooth® version may be introduced in the future.

    Flashing red bar on the top of iPhone 4 when AWARENESS! for Etymotic is running

    The flashing red bar is iOS telling you that the mic is in use. There is no way to turn this off because
    this feature is also used for phone calls.

    iPod shortcut buttons are inaccessible when AWARENESS! for Etymotic is running

    AWARENESS! for Etymotic involves advanced programming and iOS has not quite caught up.
    Example: When using the iPhone's built-in mic, iOS automatically disables the iPod's shortcut controls.

    If AWARENESS! for Etymotic does not appear to be using the mic in the headset

    Check to make sure the earphones are fully plugged into the jack on your device.
    Try reconnecting the earphones and restarting AWARENESS! for Etymotic.

    How to configure AWARENESS! for Etymotic

    AWARENESS! for Etymotic automatically sets mic trigger at launch. Adjust by sliding your finger over the blue scale
    to fine tune the mic trigger.


    The mic volume on your headset can be turned up or down by moving the slider located to the right the screen.
    You can use AutoSet anytime by tapping 'Auto'.

    Note: AutoSet measures the average noise of your surroundings and sets a mic threshold just above the noise level.
    This works well in most situations; however, in more dynamic environments where background noise is continually
    changing, e.g., a noisy street or train station, it may be necessary to fine tune the mic threshold.

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