The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is calling…for survey responders. The organization is asking those who use any type of Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) cell phone to take the "Can You Hear Me Now? HLAA HAC Cell Phone Survey."
Not every cell phone is right for every hearing aid or cochlear implant enduser. Some HAC cell phones cause interference with hearing aids, while others do not. The HLAA has been working with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and with the wireless industry to get more cell phones compatible with various hearing aids and cochlear implant systems.
The HLAA says that both the FCC and the cell phone industry are being responsive to rewriting the rules for HAC in cell phones, but that more information is needed from end users.
The HLAA survey should take 8 to 10 minutes, according to the HLAA. In addition to the survey, the organization is collecting personal experiences with HAC devices. Participants can send their experiences to [email protected], who will pass along a summary of responses to the FCC.
The survey is currently available at this Web site. All survey responses and comments must be received by February 7, 2011. The results of the survey will be posted online at the HLAA Web site.