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According to Engadget, the idea is that a person's hearing aid could store a profile, or list of audio settings, which could then be "shared" when the user meets someone else wearing hearing aids. The hearing aids would then adjust dynamically to provide both wearers a good listening experience. This would all work with a computing device, maybe a tablet or smartphone, and the profile could be adjusted based on the user's preferences.
You can read Apple's actual filing here. What do you think? I think this is a neat idea - I would be really interested to see a demonstration and get an idea of how well something like this would actually work. This could be another example of how Apple is looking towards accessibility, in addition to its "Made for iPhone" hearing aids teased earlier.