Hearing Aid Compatibility Task Force

Advancing Hearing Aid Compatibility for Wireless Handsets

The Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) Task Force is bringing together key stakeholders to make recommendations to the FCC on the achievability of requiring 100 percent HAC compliance for all wireless handsets.

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) convenes this effort on behalf of the six Consensus Proposal Participants in the HAC Task Force: the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), CTIA – The Wireless Industry Association, the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TDI) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).

The Task Force will specifically collect data relating to current technical and market conditions involving wireless handsets and recent innovations in hearing improvement technology.  The goal of this work is to deliver recommendations to the FCC by December 31, 2022 on the viability of mandating a 100 percent HAC compliance. Task Force contributions could serve as the basis for future FCC rules in this area.

ATIS seeks wireless OEMs, wireless service providers, hearing aid manfacturers/representative associations, research and academic Institutions and other stakeholders to join this collaborative effort.