Thread Subject: Re: Bluetooth
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From: Gregg Vanderheiden
Date: Thu, Jan 04 2007 7:40 AM
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There are several parts to this
1) Bluetooth supported in ADDITION to HAC (t-coil) as an OPTION by the
- this is fine- though few hearing aids support it -- and Bluetooth is such
a power drain that you can't do it in small hearing aids.
2) Bluetooth INSTEAD of HAC (t-coil) support
- this is not good. (Very few hearing aids support it and high power draw
etc. means that most can't (or can't for long).
3) Bluetooth REQUIRED IN ADDITION to HAC (t-coil)
- this would be a burden on mfgrs. Only reason to require two is if you
want to eventually phase into the second. Bluetooth is to power hungry to
be something to transition to.
Gregg C Vanderheiden Ph.D.
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> Subject: [teitac-telecom] Bluetooth
> I had a question today about bluetooth and hearing aid compatibility.
> This inquiry pertained to telecom products, such as wireless
> earpeices that interface with cell phones. However, I am
> aware that other products (non telecom) can utilize bluetooth
> technology as well.
> If bluetooth is known to not pose a problem to hearing aid
> and cochlear implant users, is this something the TEITAC
> would like to recommend that the Access Board explicitly
> mention in an advisory note? Maybe the wireless industry can
> help inform this discussion.
> However, instead of getting technology-specific, this topic
> could be part of a more general discussion about the
> parameters of magnetic and radio emissions that may be cause
> for concern. Then companies can consider those parameters in
> the design of new product types.
> David Baquis
> Accessibility Specialist
> U.S. Access Board
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