Landline and Cell Phones
There are landline and cell phones that are compatible with hearing aids and cochlear implants. Find out about hearing-aid-compatible (HAC) phones before you shop. Learn about how to look for and test a phone that is right for you.
Find the right accessible wireless products and services at www.AccessWireless.org. Consumers can “Find a Phone” by searching and comparing the accessibility features of a variety of wireless handsets through the Mobile Manufacturer Forum’s (MMF) Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI).
View Hearing Aid Compatibility with Cell Phones for more information.
Did you know there is a captioned telephone, just like captioned TV, so you can read along as you listen to the other party on the phone? See if this service is available in your state.
Would you prefer to use captioned telephone on your computer and with the phones you already have at home? Then go to the following websites and follow the easy directions:
- AT&T Relay Services - AT&T is suspending its IP CapTel service on March 1, 2013. [See notice]
- CapTel® Captioned Telephone
- Hamilton CapTel®
- Sprint CapTel®
Equipment Distribution Program
Depending on which state you live in you may be eligible for free or reduced-cost telecommunications equipment such as phones with volume control and phones to use with captioned telephone service. See if your state has an Equipment Distribution Program.
For more on telecommunications requirements and laws, go to Telephones and Mobile Devices page under the Advocacy section.