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Passed Senate amended (07/11/1988)

(Measure passed Senate, amended, in lieu of S. 314)

Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988 - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to require all essential telephones (coin-operated telephones, telephones provided for emergency use, and other telephones frequently needed by persons using hearing aids) and all telephones manufactured in the United States or imported for use in the United States to be hearing aid compatible. Exempts telephones used with public mobile services or private radio services, certain cordless telephones, and secure telephones.

Requires the Federal Communications Commission to assess periodically the exemptions provided for telephones used with public mobile services or private radio services and to revoke or limit these exemptions under specified circumstances.

Permits waivers (except for essential telephones) in connection with terminal equipment associated with a new technology or service in the public interest if compliance would be technologically infeasible or would entail costs preventing successful marketing of the technology or service.