FCC Finalizes Hearing Aid Compatibility
Jun 9, 2005, 1:48 PM by (staff)
The FCC today approved a deal between CTIA members and proponents for the hearing impaired for hearing aid compatibility. The deal requires the five Tier 1 carriers (nation-wide carriers) to have 4 compatible phones or at least 25% of the total available handsets available to the hearing impaired by September 16 of this year. By September of next year, the carriers need to add at least one more digital handset to their lineup, for a total of 5 (or 25%) available hearing aid compatible models.
Sprint Marketing the Alcatel Retro to Seniors
Sprint today announced the availability of the Alcatel OneTouch Retro, a simple flip phone with accessibility features on board. The device, which is also sold as the Speakeasy and Fling, is being marketed to senior users as well as those who are hard of hearing or visually impaired.
Consumer Cellular Launches Doro 824 Smartphone
Consumer Cellular today announced the Doro 824 SmartEasy handset, an Android phone that features a user interface simplified for senior users. The 824 is based on Android 5.1, but trades in the typical home screen experience for an action-based menu for sending messages, making calls, browsing the web, and so on.
FCC Wants All Cell Phones Hearing Aid Compatible
The FCC today expanded the scale of hearing aid compatibility in cell phones to include IP-based communications, such as WiFi and VoLTE. AT&T and Verizon Wireless recently sought and received waivers to offer WiFi calling along with an alternate to the legacy technology called RTT (real-time text).
Apple Complains About FCC's Hearing Aid Push
Apple has filed comments with the FCC requesting the agency refrain from adopting new hearing aid rules. In November, the agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require all phones to be accessible to people who use hearing aids or have cochlear implants.
Cochlear Debuts iPhone-Compatible Cochlear Implant Processor
A new product from Cochlear Limited will allow iPhone owners to stream sound from their device directly to their cochlear implant. This is made possible by the Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, a behind-the-ear sound processor that bridges the iPhone and the implant.