Apple Tells FCC To Pass On Cellphone Hearing Aid Rules

By Jacob Fischler (February 1, 2016, 8:39 PM EST) -- Apple Inc. has asked the Federal Communication Commission not to adopt changes to its approach for ensuring cellphones are compatible with hearing aids, saying in a filing published Friday that the proposed criteria do not reflect improvements in technology engineered specifically for the iPhone.

The way the FCC seeks to enforce the Hearing Aid Compatibility Act — which obligates the agency to mandate a certain percentage of wireless devices to be compatible with hearing aids — impairs innovation in wireless technology and works against the legislation's purpose, Apple said in comments filed with the commission Thursday and made public Friday. Rather...

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