The FCC issued two Public Notices regarding HAC-related issues. The first Notice seeks comment on a final report issued by the HAC Task Force, which includes several specific recommendations for achieving 100% HAC compliance. The Task Force’s recommendations include:
- Adopting a more flexible definition of hearing aid compatibility;
- Adjusting current HAC technical standards;
- Exploring the impact of changes in alternative coupling technologies (e.g., Bluetooth) on HAC; and
- Establishing a 90-day window for the resolution of HAC waiver petitions.
The second Public Notice seeks comments on a petition filed by the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), asking the agency to allow wireless handsets to satisfy a reduced volume control testing methodology to demonstrate compliance with HAC certification requirements instead of the methodology stipulated in existing standards.