Excerpt from Nov. 2, 2016, Hearing Loss Association of America
In the weeks following Apple’s announcement that new iPhones will not have a headset jack, HLAA received more than one call from people outraged by the company’s decision. Apple did not consider the impact removing the jack would have on people with hearing loss who use and depend on a neckloop or other wired solution to hear audio on the phone. When we brought this issue to Apple they responded.
Apparently, the “lightning jack” that has been the iPhone’s connection for recharging the battery will now double as a connector to a headset or, yes, a neckloop. Apple provides an adapter and the people in charge of accessibility at Apple tell us it’s been tested with neckloops and that it works.