July 11, 2003

FCC: Phones must meet hearing aid needs

Half of all cell phones offered in the United States will have to be compatible with hearing aids by early 2008, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously ruled Thursday.

About one in 10 people in the United States are hearing-impaired, and 6 million use hearing aids or cochlear implants--devices that restore some hearing to deaf people. Hearing-impaired users often experience interference and lost phone connections when using wireless phones, according to News.com.

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