Though Cochlear—which, according to its senior VP for research and development Jan Janssen, has about half of the implant market—is the first to use the system, Apple will offer the technology free to qualified manufacturers. Right now it’s the only alternative, as Google, whose Android system is Apple’s chief mobile operating system competitor, says that its accessibility team’s hearing efforts have so far focused on captioning. Hearing aid support, the company says, is on the roadmap, but there’s no public timeline for now.
Surprised and glad to know. Apple’s website in Spanish has a lot of interesting info on accessibility, here you have the link to hearing features on the iPhone (link in Spanish).