FCC Form 655. Under the FCC's rules, manufacturers of wireless handsets must file annual reports using electronic FCC Form 655. These reports contain information about the hearing aid compatibility status of each handset offered, functionalities of hearing aid-compatible handsets, labeling of hearing aid-compatible handsets, and the filing company's consumer outreach efforts.
Device manufacturer reports are due by July 31 and cover the reporting period from the previous year’s July 1 through June 30. FCC Form 655 will be available for completion and submission during a July 1 to midnight EDT July 31 filing window. When July 31 falls on a weekend or holiday, the window will be extended and the report is due on the next business day.
FCC Form 855. In November 2018, the Commission eliminated the requirement that service providers file electronic FCC Form 655 and replaced it with a requirement that service providers file a certification of compliance using electronic FCC Form 855.
The filing window for the first service provider certifications opened on September 3, 2019 and closed on October 3, 2019 at midnight EDT. This initial certification covered the 2018 reporting period (January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018).
After the initial certification window closed, subsequent service provider certifications are due by January 31 and cover the reporting period for the previous calendar year-- January 1 through December 31. FCC Form 855 will be available for completion and submission starting the first business day after January 1 to midnight EDT January 31. When January 31 falls on a weekend or holiday, the window will be extended and the certification is due on the next business day.
Please see this page for additional information regarding wireless hearing aid compatibility and recent releases.
View Form 655 Instructions (pdf)
View Form 855 Instructions (pdf)
Viewing Hearing Aid Compatibility Reports and Certifications
The links below provide access to companies’ annual filings as well as access to summary reports of key information prepared by the FCC.
- Device Manufacturer Reports (FCC Form 655)
Find information regarding hearing aid-compatible handsets offered to service providers by device manufacturers.
- Service Provider Reports (FCC Form 655—through 2017)
Find information regarding hearing aid-compatible handsets offered to consumers by service providers. The Commission eliminated the service providers’ Form 655 filing obligation in 2017. Service providers’ final report was due by January 15, 2018 covering the 2017 calendar year.
- Service Provider Certifications (FCC Form 855-beginning in 2019)
Find whether a service provider is in compliance with the Commission’s hearing aid compatibility provisions. Service providers’ certifications cover 2018 and subsequent calendar years.