FCC Establishes Hearing Aid Compatibility Certification and Compliance Deadlines

On August 8, 2019, the FCC announced two deadlines for hearing aid compatibility (HAC) compliance. 

  • No later than September 3, 2019:  Wireless service providers must post on their websites expanded information about their handsets’ HAC capabilities and retain records on the HAC capabilities of handsets that they no longer offer.
  • No later than October 3, 2019:  Wireless service providers must file their annual certifications of compliance with the FCC’s HAC requirements.

Links to Public Notice

URL:      https://www.fcc.gov/document/hac-certification-filing-window-opens-september-3-2019-and-new-rules

Word:   https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-19-759A1.doc

PDF:      https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-19-759A1.pdf

Text:     https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-19-759A1.txt

For general information about HAC, please visit the FCC’s webpage: https://www.fcc.gov/hearing-aid-compatibility-and-volume-control.  For more information about this specific proceeding, please contact Susannah Larson at Susannah.Larson@fcc.gov or 202.418.1883.   Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) can call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at 844.432.2275 (videophone). Individuals using a TTY can call the FCC’s TTY number at 888.835.5322.