Cell Phones and Hearing-Aid Compatibility

Background

Millions of people who use hearing aids or cochlear implants rely on cell phones that are compatible with their hearing aids to ensure clear communication. Cell phones that are not compatible can create audible interference. The resulting static or buzzing makes understanding speech difficult.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued regulations requiring mobile wireless carriers and manufacturers to increase the number of hearing aid-compatible digital phones they offer to consumers. Carriers are required to post information about their hearing aid-compatible handset models on their websites. The FCC will use the websites to evaluate compliance with the rules.

CELL PHONES AND HEARING-AID COMPATIBILITY: Policy

Hearing-aid compatible phones

In this policy: Federal

The Federal Communications Commission should monitor and enforce compliance with its rules to increase the number of wireless phones that can be used effectively with auditory aids.