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Enforcement

Compliance with Hearing Aid Compatibility Rules

July 2013 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Enforcement Bureau released a Public Notice reminding all wireless handset manufacturers that they have until July 15, 2013 to file reports regarding compliance with hearing aid compatibility rules.  The rules require manufacturers to “offer a minimum number of hearing-aid compatible handsets,” while providing information to consumers on their availability.  Failure to comply with reporting and hearing aid compatibility rules may result in fines.

Settlement on Hearing Aid Compatibility Rules for Wireless Phones

June 2013 — The Federal Communications Commission has settled with Airadigm Communications and TeleGuam Holdings following investigations into lack of compliance with hearing aid compatibility rules.

HAC Enforcement Advisory

January 7, 2013—The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Enforcement Bureau released an Enforcement Advisory to remind all wireless service providers to review and report on compliance with the hearing aid compatibility (HAC) rules. HAC rules require that wireless service providers offer a minimum number of hearing aid-compatible handsets and provide information about such handsets in periodic reports and on their websites.

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