Using Cell Phones With Your Hearing Aid

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“People who wear hearing aids or have cochlear implants used to have trouble using cell phones. But not anymore. Now there are many options for cell phones and hearing aids that make it easier than ever to hear.

Arizona (I-Newswire) February 14, 2014 – Many people who use hearing aids used to have trouble with cell phones. Speech coming through the phone wasn’t loud enough, or the phone caused interference with the hearing aids, leading to feedback and making cell phones difficult to use. But that simply isn’t the case anymore.

The Government Is On BoardThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently updated the Hearing Aid Compatibility Act (HAC Act) and passed regulations to increase the number of hearing aid-compatible wireless devices. The New RulesThe new FCC rules require less static, less interference and better telecoil connections for between hearing aids and cell phones. Given the number of people in the United States who use hearing devices, cell phone makers and service providers have worked hard to ensure their new digital phones meet these standards.

It’s On The LabelThe label of your cell phone will tell you whether it is hearing aid compatible. It will either say so on the package of the phone, in the manual that comes with your phone or on the card next to the phone in the store’s display. Make sure you find the “Hearing Aid Compatible” label before you buy a cell phone, to make sure the phone will work for you.”

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