Academy Submits Comments to FCC on IP CTS Authorization
On September 7, the Academy submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on an open proceeding related to eligibility of providers to authorize captioned telephones to consumers with hearing loss. The proceeding specifically seeks input the growth of the IP Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) and whether there is an over-authorization of the devices to individuals who truly will not benefit from the service. The Academy strongly disagrees with some conclusions reached by the FCC on this matter specifically noting, “As the authority in identification, management and treatment of hearing and balance disorders, we stand with our patients to ensure that access to available services is not unnecessarily restricted.”
The Academy has been engaged on this proceeding since before it was first introduced and Academy staff attended an FCC Open Commission Meeting and a Disability Advisory Committee meeting in June where this issue was discussed in more detail. The Academy looks forward to working with the FCC on this important issue to ensure that the FCC does not interfere with what services and devices that audiologists are able to provide their patients when seeking treatment for hearing loss.