Choosing and Using a Cell Phone with Your Hearing Aid or Cochlear Implant

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Choosing and Using a Cell Phone with Your Hearing Aid or Cochlear Implant

Aug 6 2010

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations require hearing aid-compatible digital wireless telephones. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about cell phones and the FCC regulations.

More cell phones are being manufactured with reduced radio frequency (RF) emissions to minimize interference and make them more hearing aid user friendly as a result of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations.

If you are a hearing aid or cochlear implant user, the likelihood of finding a relatively interference free cell phone that will work with your hearing devices has increased because of improvements in cell phones and hearing instruments. We expect to see more phones in the 3G network that are compatible with hearing aids and cochlear implants.

However, because hearing loss and hearing instruments are highly individualized, it is still advisable to try out cell phones in the store before making a purchase and again at home and work within the provider’s return period. Read the QA on HAC cellphones [View PDF]