AirPods Pro Making A High Pitched Noise? Try These Quick Fixes

The AirPods Pro come with innovative features like Noise Cancellation and Automatic Ear Detection, along with super high-quality audio. However, sometimes your AirPods might make an irritating high-pitched noise. What causes this problem, and how can you fix it? 

If your AirPods Pro are making a high-pitched sound, it’s usually because of the Noise Cancellation feature or Bluetooth connectivity problems. To fix, first try toggling features like Noise Cancellation and Automatic Ear Detection. Then consider resetting the AirPods. 

Unfortunately, the high-pitched sound problem is quite common and may be attributed to a design flaw in the AirPods. Let’s look at what causes this issue and some possible fixes. If the problem isn’t resolved after trying out these fixes, your only option may be to send it in for repairs or get new AirPods. 

Why Your AirPods Pro Make a High-Pitched Noise

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Your AirPods Pro (on Amazon) may make a high-pitched noise because of a low-quality seal or a design flaw. However, the high-pitched sound in AirPods is usually caused by the Noise Cancellation or Transparency Mode features. 

These are the most common reasons for the high-pitched sounds on AirPods: 

Noise Cancellation

The Noise Cancellation feature on AirPods is designed to provide an optimal audio experience. However, if your AirPods’ seal isn’t high-quality, the noise-canceling loop will increase the volume, causing an unusual high-pitched sound.

Transparency Mode

AirPods Pro have a transparency mode that’s an advanced version of noise cancellation. However, the transparency mode doesn’t block out all external sound; instead, it channels sound in a way that’s not disturbing.

In some cases, this feature will work the same way to produce high-pitched sounds if your AirPods don’t have a quality seal. 

Multiple Bluetooth Devices Connected

Sometimes, your AirPods will emit a high-pitched sound if the AirPods are connected to multiple Bluetooth devices. This problem may also be caused because of multiple devices that are trying to pair with the AirPods. 

Your Device’s Sound System or Bluetooth Isn’t Working

In some cases, the high-pitched sound problem isn’t caused by the AirPods but rather the connected device. Try playing audio with a different sound system or a different pair of AirPods to see whether the problem is with the device or your AirPods. 

You may also face this problem if the Bluetooth isn’t working on your device, or if the device’s software isn’t updated. 

How to Disable Automatic Ear Detection and Noise Control

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In most cases, Noise Cancellation and Automatic Ear Detection are causing your AirPods to make high-pitched sounds. Fortunately, it’s quite easy to turn these features off. Follow these steps to disable Noise Cancellation and Automatic Ear Detection: 

  1. Go onto General Settings and select ‘Bluetooth.’
     
  2. Click on the ‘i‘ icon next to your AirPods Pro. This should bring up the options menu for your AirPods. 
  3. Turn off Noise Cancellation in the list of Noise Control options. You can also set it to ‘Transparency‘ to turn it off. 
  4. Scroll down and turn off the ‘Automatic Ear Detection‘ feature. This should resolve most high-pitched sound problems. Make sure to remove the AirPods from your ears before turning off Automatic Ear Detection. 

How to Reset Your AirPods

If the High-pitched sounds are caused by problems with the Bluetooth or other issues, you’ll have to reset them. Resetting the AirPods will resolve any glitches that may be causing your AirPods to play annoying sounds. 

Follow these steps to reset your AirPods: 

  1. Make sure the AirPods are charged. You won’t be able to reset them on low-battery. 
  2. Go onto your device’s settings and select ‘Bluetooth.’ 
  3. Select your AirPods and click on ‘Forget This Device.’ This will unpair the AirPods from your device.
  4. Place the AirPods in the charging case, close the lid and wait 30 seconds. 
  5. Open the lid and hold the status button on your AirPods’ case for 15 seconds. The status light will flash amber and then white. 
  6. When the light flashes white, pair the AirPods with your device again. 
  7. Test the sound quality. If the problem was with the Bluetooth pairing or a minor glitch, resetting the AirPods should solve the sound issue. 

When to Call a Professional

If you’ve tried resetting the AirPods and switching off the noise-canceling feature, but the high-pitched sound issue persists, you’ll need to take them to a professional.

However, before taking your AirPods to the nearest repair professional, make sure you’ve checked these basics: 

  • Your AirPods should be charged. 
  • Check that the problem isn’t with the specific device you’re using with the AirPods. 
  • Make sure your AirPods weren’t submerged in water or otherwise damaged. 
  • If you’re using an Apple device, make sure the device’s firmware is updated to the latest version. 

If you’ve checked all the basics and the problem persists, the only option is to get professional help.

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