Hearing Aid Compatibility Act (HAC)

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Hearing Aid Compatibility Act (HAC)

The Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988 (HAC Act) generally requires that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ensure that telephones manufactured or imported for use in the United States after August 1989, and all “essential” telephones, are hearing aid-compatible. When Congress passed the Act in 1988, it specifically exempted “telephones used with public mobile services” (wireless telephones) from these requirements. To ensure that the HAC Act kept pace with the evolution of telecommunications, however, Congress granted the FCC a means to revoke or limit the exemption for wireless telephones. On August 14, 2003, the FCC determined that continuation of a complete exemption for wireless telephones would have an adverse effect on individuals with hearing disabilities, and that limiting the exemption was technologically feasible and in the public interest. Based upon these findings, the FCC established rules for the hearing aid compatibility of digital wireless phones.

For more information about the HAC Act visit http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/hac_wireless.html .

HLAA Files Comments with FCC on HAC Cell Phones

Feb 17 2011

HLAA filed comments with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding their 2010 Review of Hearing Aid Compatibility Regulations. We based our comments largely on the results of a recent survey on hearing aid compatible (HAC) cell phones.

HLAA, Consumer Groups, File Comments with FCC on Mobile Phones

Nov 1 2010

Hearing Loss Association of America ("HLAA"), Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. ("TDI"), Association of Late-Deafened Adults, Inc. ("ALDA"), and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network ("DHHCAN"), National Association of the Deaf ("NAD"), and Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing ("AG Bell") filed comments in response to the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("FNPRM") released by the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or "Commission") on October 25, 2010.

Choosing and Using a Cell Phone with Your Hearing Aid or Cochlear Implant

Aug 6 2010

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations require hearing aid-compatible digital wireless telephones. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about cell phones and the FCC regulations.

More cell phones are being manufactured with reduced radio frequency (RF) emissions to minimize interference and make them more hearing aid user friendly as a result of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations.

Telecommunications and Hearing Aid Compatibility

Jul 12 2007

Hearing Aid Immunity Levels: Useful information to have when shopping for a mobile phone. The hearing aid industry will now rate the immunity level of their hearing aids and put the information in the product manual that is included with each hearing aid purchase. Hearing Industries Association, the trade association for hearing aid manufacturers, said that all of their members have agreed to include the language in their manuals. HIA membership produces approximately 90% of hearing aid purchased in the US.