On April 14, 2023, the FCC released an Order to ensure that handset manufacturers can continue to release the newest handset models capable of achieving hearing aid compatibility by extending the technical standard transition period by six months from June 5, 2023 to December 5, 2023.

During this extended transition period, handset manufacturers may continue to use either one of the two approved technical standards to certify new handset models as hearing aid compatible.  Continuing to allow new handset models to be certified as hearing aid-compatible is essential as the FCC moves towards the goal of requiring all handset models to be hearing aid-compatible in the near future.

Link to the Order:

URL: https://www.fcc.gov/document/order-extending-transition-period-hac-technical-standard

For general information about hearing aid compatibility, visit https://www.fcc.gov/hearing-aid-compatibility-and-volume-control.  For specific questions about the Order, contact Eli Johnson at eli.johnson@fcc.gov, Attorney Advisor, Competition and Infrastructure Policy Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.  Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).

Friday, April 14, 2023