There are a number of telephone access solutions for individuals using cochlear implant and t-coil technology. Landline, portable, and cellular telephones can be accessed using a cochlear implant. The level of success one will have in communicating over the telephone will take practice and finding the right equipment. Technology is not a one-size-fits-all solution so when shopping for a phone, landline or celluar, try the equipment before you buy or make sure the product can be returned before you purchase it.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated that phone manufacturers make a certain percentage of their cellular phones compatible with hearing devices. There a number of implant-compatible cellular phones and a variety of compatible accessories for hands-free cell phone use. Visit your local wireless provider to learn more about available products. The following resources sell products (cochlear cables, neckloops, headsets, adaptors, etc.) that can be used to access a telephone with a cochlear implant. Contact the resources to learn more about their products and services.