There’s a petition on Change.org asking the FCC to maintain the telecoil requirement for mobile phones that earn the “hearing-aid-compatible” (HAC) rating. I just signed the petition, and everyone who has ever worn hearing aids, who has thought about wearing hearing aids, or who knows someone who wears hearing aids should plan on signing it, too.
The petition is sponsored by two prominent audiologists, Abram Bailey of HearingTracker.com and Juliette Sterkens, the National Hearing Loop Advocate for the Hearing Loss Association of America. It’s a response to Apple’s recent request that the Federal Communications Commission eliminate the requirement that any “HAC”-rated phone include telecoil functionality. A telecoil, or “t-coil,” is an inexpensive component that picks the signal off the phone line and transmits it directly into the hearing aid. For me, it was a lifesaver for many years. [Read more…]