FCC adopts latest version of HAC standard

Manufacturers of digital wireless phones seeking certification of their devices for compliance with U.S. hearing aid compatibility (HAC) requirements can now use the measurement and rating procedures contained in the latest version of ANSI C63.19.

In a recently-issued Report and Order, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized the use of ANSI C63.19-2011 American National Standard for Methods and Measurement of Compatibility between Wireless Communication Devices and Hearing Aids in applications for certification of equipment.

Manufacturers can also continue to use the 2007 version of the standard for compatibility testing and for equipment rating. However, they must rely on only one version of the standard, and must identify in their application the version being used. Grants of certification issued before January 1, 2010 under previous versions of ANSI C63.19 remain valid for HAC purposes.

Read the complete text of the Commission’s Third Report and Order on HAC mobile handsets.