Apple wants the FCC to recognize Made for iPhone hearing aids

An Apple filling with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) shows that the company is urging the FCC should “recognize solutions such as the MFi hearing aid platform as alternatives for hearing aid compatibility compliance,” according to macReports

Apple’s MFi (“Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad”) is a is a licensing program for developers of hardware and software peripherals that work with these iDevices. Companies joining the MFi program and passing certification tests are able to display certain MFi-related logos on their product packaging,

macReports says that Apple argues that:

° The FCC should recognize Made For iPhone Hearing Aids as an alternative for hearing aid compatibility compliance because (a) there are many MFI hearing aid devices available to customers (b) technologies like MFi Hearing Aid Platform Compliant may further the goal of alternative compliance approaches.

° The FCC should adopt qualitative assessments rather than current interference-based assessment approach to create meaningful solutions.