Section 68.5, Waivers (Application for Waiver of Hearing Aid Compatibility Requirements)

ICR 202105-3060-009

OMB: 3060-0422

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3060-0422 202105-3060-009
Received in OIRA 201902-3060-005
Section 68.5, Waivers (Application for Waiver of Hearing Aid Compatibility Requirements)
Revision of a currently approved collection   No
Regular 05/17/2021
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved 04/30/2022
3,030 2
7,242 6
487,500 0

The Commission submits this revised information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to merge OMB Control Number 3060-0687 into OMB Control Number 3060-0422 and to extend the information collection requirements relating to the Commission’s hearing aid compatibility (HAC) requirements. Section 710 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act), requires that almost all telephones manufactured in, or imported into, this country must be hearing aid compatible. The HAC requirements ensure that people with hearing loss (regardless of whether they use hearing aids or not) can effectively use wireline telephone handsets with the legacy telephone network and with advanced communications services (ACS), which include Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). The HAC requirements are structured for handsets to provide sufficient magnetic fields to be used by people with hearing aids and to provide volume control. Congress recognized that there may be technological or economic reasons why some new telephones may not meet the hearing aid compatibility (HAC) requirement. Therefore, Congress provided a waiver request procedure. Section 68.5 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR § 68.5, provides the criteria to be used to assess waiver requests.

US Code: 47 USC 610 Name of Law: Communications Act of 1934, as amended

Not associated with rulemaking

  86 FR 13544 03/09/2021
86 FR 26722 05/17/2021

IC Title Form No. Form Name
Section 68.5, Waivers (Application for Waiver of Hearing Aid Compatibility Requirements)

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 3,030 2 0 0 3,028 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 7,242 6 0 0 7,236 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 487,500 0 0 0 487,500 0
Due to the merger of information collection 3060-0687 into information collection 3060-0422 and the elimination of one-time start-up costs for the Labeling and Notices for ACS Telephonic CPE and ACTA Database for ACS Telephonic CPE requirements that were put in place three years ago, the Commission reports the following adjustments to this collection: the annual number of respondents has increased by +329, from 2 to 331 annual number of respondents; the annual number of responses has increased by +3,028,, from 2 to 3,030 annual number of responses; the annual burden hours have increased by +7,236, from 6 to 7,242 annual burden hours; and the total annual cost has increased by +$487,500, from $0 to $487,500 annual cost.

Eliot Greenwald 202 418-2235


On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.

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