Hearing Aid Compatibility

These handsets have been tested and rated for use with hearing aids for some of the wireless technologies that they use. However, there may be some newer wireless technologies used in these phones that have not been tested yet for use with hearing aids. It is important to try the different features of these phones thoroughly and in different locations, using your hearing aid or cochlear implant, to determine if you hear any interfering noise. Consult your service provider or the manufacturer of the handset for information on hearing aid compatibility. If you have questions about return or exchange policies, consult your service provider or phone retailer.

Explanation of HAC and Rating System

Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) for Wireless Devices

Hearing aids do not always function well with wireless handsets.  Hearing aids operate by using a microphone to pick up sound waves, converting the sound waves into electrical signals to be amplified.  Distortion or amplification of unwanted sound (noise) often occurs.

The FCC’s hearing aid compatibility requirements address hearing aids that operate in either of two modes – acoustic coupling (“M” rating) or inductive coupling (“T” rating).  Hearing aids operating in acoustic coupling mode receive through a microphone and then amplify all sounds surrounding the user, including both desired sounds, such as a telephone’s audio signal, and unwanted ambient noise.  Hearing aids operating in inductive coupling mode turn off the microphone to avoid amplifying unwanted ambient noise, instead using a telecoil to receive only audio signal-based magnetic fields generated by inductive coupling-capable telephones.  The FCC’s “M” and “T” ratings indicate whether a handset can be expected to function well with a hearing aid and are generally marked clearly on the handset packaging.  The “M” or “T” rating does not guarantee that the handset will function without distortion or noise, so PTCI recommends that you test the handset before purchasing.

Levels of Functionality

PTCI offers HAC-compatible handsets and devices in all major price categories, including low-cost (“C” level) (<$100), moderate-cost (“B” level”) ($100-$250), and high-end/feature-rich (“A” level) (>$250).  Costs generally correlate with the number of features, but, if though experience, PTCI finds that a certain handset contains features that work well with hearing aids, such as volume control, it will be labeled accordingly with an “A” level for functionality.  PTCI’s sales staff is trained to assist all existing and prospective customers looking for a HAC-compliant device/handset.  HAC-compatible handsets and devices vary in their inherent “levels of functionality,” but typically at least one (1) HAC-compliant handset/device with features and services typical of its price category can be found that meets each customer’s price range.

 

MakeModelHAC RatingFCC IDAI / FBWIFIFunctionality
BullittCAT B100M3/T3ZL5B100850/900/1800/1900 GSMNoLow - Cost
BullittCAT S40M3/T3ZL5S40700/850/1700/1900/2600 LTE 850/900/1800/1900 GSMYesModerate - Cost
BullittCAT S50M3/T3ZL5S50850/900/1800/1900 GSMYesModerate - Cost
Life's GoodG4M3/T3ZNFH815 / ZNFH818P700/850/1700/1800/1900/2600 LTE 850/900/1800/1900 GSMYesHigh End - Features
Life's GoodG5M3/T3ZNFVS987 / ZNFLS992 / ZNFH820 / ZNFH830700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2600 LTE 850/900/1800/1900 GSMYesHigh End - Features
MotorolaMoto GM3/T4IDHT56PG1700/850/1700/1900 LTE 850/900/1800/1900 GSMYesModerate - Cost
SamsungRugby IIM3/T4ABLSGHA847800/850/900/1800/2100/2600 LTE 850/900/1800/1900 GSMYesLow - Cost
SamsungGalaxy Note 4M4/T3ABLSMN910T700/850/1700/1900 LTE 850/900/1800/1900/2100 GSMYesHigh End - Features
SamsungGalaxy S7 M4/T3ABLSMG930F700/800/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600 LTE 850/900/1800/1900 GSMYesHigh End - Features
Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeM4/T3ABLSMG935F700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600 LTE 850/900/1800/1900 GSMYesHigh End - Features
Apple iPhone 6sM3/T4BCG-E2946A700/750/800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600 LTE 850/900/1800/1900 GSMYesHigh End - Features
AppleiPhone 6s PlusM3/T4BCG-E2944A700/750/800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600 LTE 850/900/1800/1900 GSMYesHigh End - Features
Apple iPhone SEM3/T4BCG-E2945A / BCG-E3042A700/750/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 LTE 850/900/1800/1900 GSMYesHigh End - Features
AppleiPhone 7M3/T3BCG-E3085A / BCG-E3091A700/750/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600 LTE 850/900/1800/1900 GSMYesHigh End - Features
AppleiPhone 7 PlusM3/T3BCG-E3087A / BCG-E3092A700/750/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600 LTE 850/900/1800/1900 GSMYesHigh End - Features
HTCOne M8M3/T3NM80P6B120700/850/1700/1900/2600 LTE 850/900/1800/1900 GSMYesHigh End - Features
AppleiPhone 8, 8+, XM3/T4
SamsungGalaxy S8, S8+M4/T3