“This was the year that Apple put a lot of energy into developing technology to advance hearing aids in connection to the iPhone,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple’s first patent application surfaced at the US Patent Office in February and their most recent application came to light last month. Their work was obviously more aggressive than first thought,” Purcher reports. “Apple approached all hearing aid companies to introduce their ideas and technology and a next generation product from Denmark’s GN Store Nord is now only months away from being the first to tap into technology that will work with Apple’s iPhone.”

Purcher reports, “According to a new Reuters report, ‘The world’s fourth-largest maker has collaborated with Apple to develop a device packed with Bluetooth-like technology that installed in the ear allows users to stream voice and music from their iPhones without the need for an intermediary device.'”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Jax44” for the heads up.]