Google is planning to prevent hearing loss with its new accessibility feature – Times of India

It is easy to get carried away in your favourite music just to crank up the volume to maximum to enjoy the favourite music. Apparently, listening to music beyond the permitted loudness level for too long can impact the hearing capabilities. Google with Android 14 is planning to prevent that happening.

Android already has a volume safety warning feature that warns users while increasing the volume after a certain limit. However, it is easy to ignore and increase it to maximum. However, AndroidPolice has reported that the ‘headphone loud sound alert’ feature that will debut in Android 14 will be more functional and effective than the current safety feature.
Android’s headphone loud sound alert will warn users about loud listening volume levels

This is not the first time that the feature has surfaced, Google has already mentioned this at Google I/O 2023 during What’s new in Android Accessibility section. Based on that, if the notification option for loud volume is enabled, users will receive a notification if the volume is louder than the permissible limit and you’ve been listening for a prolonged period.
Devices that will get this feature
Well, it’s a feature that’s set to debut with Android 14. So, phones and tablets running Android 14 will get this feature. However, Google is adding it just to comply with the requirements set by the EU. This means, it is likely that it won’t be enabled by default in regions other than the EU and you may have to enable it manually.
It’s not completely new for Android ecosystem
While it is true that Android natively never had any such feature, except the high volume warning that appears while increasing the volume. However, Samsung already has a feature called Volume Limiter. This feature is almost similar to what Google is trying to implement.
It is always good to have these features built natively in the operating system. Apple already has this feature in iOS, it’s time that Android users, across the OEMs get this feature by default.