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Apple updates Research app with new hearing test and COVID-19 survey

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Apple Research app (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple has released an update to the Apple Research app.
  • The update includes a new hearing test for the Apple Hearing Study.
  • It also adds a new survey for the Apple Heart and Movement Study.

Apple has released an update to the Apple Research app today that brings two new additions to the user experience: a new test and a new survey.

Version 1.3 of the app brings a new test to the Apple Hearing Study called the "Speech in Noise" test. The test is designed to help researchers understand your ability to hear in various conditions.

The update also brings a new survey to the app. The survey, which is located under the Apple Heart & Movement Study, was built to help researchers understand the impact of COVID-19 on daily life.

The update also brings some bug fixes and performance improvements, but Apple did not provide any detail for those updates.

This update includes bug fixes and improvements, including:• New 'Speech in Noise' test in the Apple Hearing Study to help understand participants' hearing ability under various circumstances, including the presence of background noise• New survey in the Apple Heart & Movement Study to help understand the impact of COVID-19 on daily life

The Apple Research app currently has three different studies you can participate in: the Apple Women's Health Study, the Apple Heart and Movement Study, and the Apple Hearing Study.

The future of health research is you! Now you can contribute to groundbreaking health research in women's health, hearing health or heart health simply by using your Apple Watch and iPhone, and the Research app. Your data and participation will help advance researchers' understanding of these areas in health that have not been well understood until now and could lead to the development of new products that will help millions lead longer and healthier lives.

  1. Join the Apple Women's Health Study, conducted in partnership with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and National Institue of Health Sciences to help advance the understanding of menstrual cycles and health conditions such as infertility, osteoporosis, and menopause.
  2. Join the Apple Heart and Movement Study, conducted in partnership with the American Heart Association and Bringham and Women's Hospital to help advance discovery in heart science and to help us learn how activity and your habits can contribute to a healthier heart.
  3. Join the Apple Hearing Study, conducted in partnership with the University of Michigan to help advance the understanding of how sound exposure levels over time can impact your hearing, stress levels, and cardiac health.

You can download the Apple Research app for free on the App Store (opens in new tab).

Joe Wituschek
Contributor

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.