FCC Rules Improve Phone Accessibility for People With Hearing Loss Updates to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules set new standards for hearing aid compatibility and volume control on wireline and wireless telephones. The FCC establishes rules ensuring that people with hearing loss can access telephones manufactured or imported for use in the United States. The new rules: The FCC has ... News in Brief
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FCC Rules Improve Phone Accessibility for People With Hearing Loss
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News in Brief   |   January 01, 2018
FCC Rules Improve Phone Accessibility for People With Hearing Loss
The ASHA Leader, January 2018, Vol. 23, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.23012018.11
The ASHA Leader, January 2018, Vol. 23, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.23012018.11
The FCC establishes rules ensuring that people with hearing loss can access telephones manufactured or imported for use in the United States. The new rules:
  • Revise the volume control standard for wireline handsets to provide a more accurate measurement of voice amplification. Previous methods resulted in discrepancies between claimed and actual amplification. Under the new standard, maximum volumes on different telephones should be comparable.

  • Apply all FCC hearing aid compatibility requirements to wireline telephones used with advanced communication services, including broadband internet connection.

  • Require all wireless handsets newly certified as hearing aid compatible to include amplification that meets the needs of people with hearing loss.

The FCC has two years to implement the first two provisions and three years to implement the third provision.
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