Bluetooth Hearing Aides

Medical necessity for an electronic device is determined by a licensed physician or health care practitioner operating within the scope of their practice. Devices that are considered optional (e.g., peripheral devices that pair with the medically necessary device, but are not themselves medically necessary) or recreational (e.g., heart monitors used for fitness purposes) do not meet the criteria.

Medically necessary devices which do not have controlled article technologies (audio/video recording and/or transmitting capabilities) may be brought into Sandia-controlled Limited Areas without notification or registration. Articles that do possess these technologies should be registered with the controlled and prohibited articles program (CARP) (e.g., Bluetooth hearing aids).

Report to the Vault-Type Room (VTR) Manager, or the Security Representative, or the Point of Contact (POC) for a facility before bringing medically necessary electronic devices that are capable of transmitting or storing data electronically into any VTRs, Special Access Program Facilities (SAPFs), or Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs). A device only needs to be reported before the first time it is brought into a new location. Devices approved under the previously required Controlled Articles Registration Process do not need to be reported under the new requirement.

You should turn off and/or disable transmitting capabilities if the use of this technology is not necessary for the normal operation of the device. Data storage capabilities do not need to be disabled on a medically necessary device while on Sandia-controlled premises.

Do not connect medically necessary devices to Sandia-issued computing devices or information technology (IT) resources.