Amazon wants you to be able to respond when your name is called even when you have headphones on.
The company is working on a set of noise-cancelling cans which cut the filter when triggered by safety words or phrases, such as someone yelling out for you.
This was revealed through a recently awarded a patent for its innovative design.
According to the patent, ambient audio hitting the headphones would be filtered out, as most high end noise-cancelling products do already, though they would also listen out for keywords and phrases in the ambient noise.
When the headphones pick up on a trigger, they suspend the noise cancelling feature, so the ambient noise cuts through.
Predetermined words or phrase can be specific to an end-user that utilizes the noise-cancelling device and/or a person that interacts with that user.
Information on when a viable product might hit the shelves is not yet available.