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Practical Information for Audiologists on Access to Wireless Telephones
Analog cellular telephone service is being phased out in favor of digital wireless services, which are less accessible to people with hearing loss. As a result, audiologists can expect to receive an increasing number of inquiries from clients about using wireless telephones with hearing aids and other assistive technologies. In this article, the underlying transmission technology, telephone handset, roaming, and current solutions to accessibility problems are described. Public policy affecting the accessibility of wireless telephones to people with hearing loss is explained. Alternatives to wireless voice services are explored, and resources for information in a quickly changing industry are provided.
Abbreviations: CDMA = code division multiple access, FCC = Federal Communications Commission, GSM = Global System Mobile Communications, HAC = hearing aid compatible, TDMA = time division multiple access, TTY = text telephone
Article published online:
02 March 2022
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