The Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) Task Force will explore the ICT industry landscape and make recommendations to the FCC on the achievability of requiring all wireless phones to be hearing aid compatible.
ATIS convenes this effort on behalf of the six Consensus Signatories in the HAC Task Force: the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), CTIA, the Wireless Industry Association, the Hearing Loss Association of American (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 100% HAC compliance. Task Force contributions could serve as the basis for future FCC rules in this area.
ATIS is seeking wireless OEMs, wireless service providers, hearing aid manfuacturers/representative associations, research and academic Institutions and other stakeholders to join this collaborative effort.