Hearing Aid Compatibility Videos: Choosing a Cell Phone That Works for YouBy AccessWireless.org,
Publication Date: 2009
Video series developed to help consumers choose hearing aid compatible cell phones. Produced by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) and CTIA – The Wireless Association, the 5-part series helps wireless consumers who use hearing aids to identify and choose a hearing-aid compatible (HAC) wireless device that meets their needs. Each video features subtitles. Part 1 through 3 present information regarding HAC and wireless devices as told by a certified audiologist. Part 1 (40 min, 30 sec) explains hearing-aid compatibility and the compatibility ratings scale; it also offers informational web resources. Part 2 (3 min 40 sec) discusses how to use HAC ratings to choose a wireless device, identifies cochlear-implant compatibility issues and describes activating the T-coil mode, and discusses different carrier/service provider technologies. Part 3 (3 min, 45 sec) demonstrates clamshell and candybar cell-phone styles as well as ringtones, vibration mode, texting and e-mail, and accessories such as neck loops and Bluetooth technology. Part 4 and 5 demonstrate a “try and buy” process between a sales associate and a consumer at an actual wireless carrier’s retail store, with Part 4 (3 min, 40 sec) determining the carrier or sevice provider’s return policy and identifying HAC ratings on display cards; and Part 5 (5 min, 30 sec) showing the testing of various phones and accessories in the store and choosing the most suitable model.
Published by: CTIA - The Wireless Association (Website:http://www.ctia.org/)
Link to text: http://accesswireless.org/hearingaid/hac_video.cfm
Link to video: http://accesswireless.org/hearingaid/hac_video.cfm#vid1