Can these popular earbuds be used to spy on you? Tech expert Jessica Nazari says that iPhones can be used with wireless AirPods to eavesdrop on conversations. Apple said the feature, called Live Listen, was made for people who are hard of hearing and amplifies the voice of someone a user wants to hear. But this very useful feature can also be abused. Users can set the phone down next to a person, put the AirPods on, and listen from the next room.