About Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC)

1)

Levels of Functionality

Basic phone  -  entry-level devices that are offered at a low cost. Basic wireless telephone features, may not have camera, Bluetooth, or internet access capability and generally does not have features such as, MP3 player, and expandable memory.

Advanced phone  -  devices with more advanced capabilities and features at an affordable price. Camera, Bluetooth, Restricted Internet Access, larger on-board RAM storage, enhanced color display, Video capture and playback.

Smartphone  -  devices that run complete operating system software as a platform for application developers. Generally offer advanced features for corporate users, Enhanced Camera with picture/video capture, Stereo Radio and MP3 player, Advanced Support for Bluetooth Application, Full internet access capability with Web Browser, Expandable Memory, Touch Screen interface, Email support, Windows Mobile platform, Faster processor.

 

2)

 

Hearing Aid Compatibility Rating

 

Microphone Standard:

Handsets that receive a hearing aid compatibility rating of M3 or M4 have met or surpassed the ANSI hearing aid compatibility standard as adopted by the Federal Communications Commission. The higher the M-rating the handset has the lower the Radio Frequency emissions level and higher signal quality the handset will have. If there is no M-rating then the handset does not meet the ANSI standard. The handset's M-rating along with a hearing aid's M-rating will assist customers in finding a handset that will work best for them. The hearing aid must be in microphone mode in order to replicate the mode that was used with the handset when the rating was achieved.

M3-rating indicates the handset has satisfied the ANSI standard.

M4-rating indicates the handset has exceeded the ANSI standard.

 

Telecoil Standard:

Handsets that receive a telecoil rating of a T3 or T4 have met or surpassed the required standard as adopted by the Federal Communications Commission. The telecoil rating is in reference to telecoils in some hearing aids, the telecoil is a small device that is built into some hearing aids for use with the telephone as well as assistive listening devices. Not all hearing aids have telecoils. To use the telecoil, generally, either the hearing aid is switched to the "T" position or a button on the hearing aid is pushed to select the telecoil setting. The telecoil picks up magnetic fields generated by telephones and converts these fields into sound. Telecoils are particularly useful for telephone communication because they permit the volume control of a hearing aid to be turned up without creating feedback and background noise can be reduced, especially when using cell phones in noisy places.

T3-rating indicates the handset has satisfied the ANSI standard.

T4-rating indicates the handset has exceeded the ANSI standard.

 

3)

Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative web site link:

Http://gari.info/

Https://www.fcc.gov/hearing-aid-compatibility-wireless-telephones

Handset ID

HAC Rating

Level of Functionality

Apple iPhone XR

M3/T4

Smartphone

Apple iPhone XS

M3/T4

Smartphone

Apple iPhone XS Max

M3/T4

Smartphone

Apple iPhone SE

M3/T4

Smartphone

Apple iPhone 7

M3/T4

Smartphone

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

M3/T4

Smartphone

Apple iPhone 8

M3/T4

Smartphone

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

M3/T4

Smartphone

Apple iPhone X

M3/T4

Smartphone

Apple iPhone 6S

M3/T4

Smartphone

Alcatel A405 MyFlip

M4/T4

Basic

AT&T Axia

M4/T4

Smartphone

LG B470

M3/T4

Basic

LG Rebel 3

M4/T3

Smartphone

LG Fiesta 2

M4/T4

Smartphone

LG Stylo 3

M4/T4

Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro

M4/T4

Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro

M4/T3

Smartphone

ZTE Z233VL

M4/T4

Basic

ZTE Maven 3

M3/T3

Smartphone

 
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