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HEARING AID COMPATIBLE

Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) Devices

Information for Customers That Are Deaf or Hard Of Hearing

Hearing Aid Compatible Phones

Some people who use hearing aid devices may have trouble when using a wireless phone. The wireless industry and consumer groups representing the hard of hearing have been working for years to study this matter and develop standards and solutions to reduce the likelihood of such difficulties. In addition, the Federal Communications Commission has set forth requirements for wireless carriers and the wireless device manufacturers. Much progress has been made and there are now a large number of hearing aid compatible (HAC) devices available to customers.
There are two different ratings to consider when picking a hearing aid compatible device:

M-Ratings – Reduced Hearing Aid Device Interference
Some people with a hearing aid device experience a buzzing or whining noise when using a wireless phone. This noise is caused when the electronics within the hearing aid device pick up and demodulate radio frequency (RF) and/or electromagnetic interference (EMI) emitted by the phone.

Phones with an M-Rating of M3 or M4 meet FCC requirements and are less likely to generate interference to hearing devices than phones that are not labeled. M4 is the better/higher of the two ratings.
Hearing devices may also be measured for immunity to this type of interference. Your hearing device manufacturer or hearing health professional can help you find results for your hearing device. The more immune your hearing aid is, the less likely you are to experience interference noise from mobile phones and other sources of RF/EMI such as computer monitors and florescent lighting.

T-Ratings – Compatible with Hearing Aids with Telecoils

A 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.

Phones with a T-Rating of T3 or T4 meet FCC requirements and are more likely to work well for people who use hearing aids with telecoils. T4 is the better/higher of the two ratings.

This table lists the hearing aid compatibility ratings for Cbeyond BeyondMobile phones.*

Handset Manufacture Model
Wi-Fi Enabled
M Rating
T Rating
Apple iPhone 4s
Yes
M4
T4
Apple iPhone 5c
Yes
M3
T4
Apple iPhone 5s
Yes
M3
T4
Blackberry Curve 9350
Yes
M4
T4
Blackberry Bold 9650
Yes
M3
T3
Blackberry Curve 9330
Yes
M4
T3
HTC EVO 4G LTE
Yes
M4
T3
HTC Shift
Yes
M4
T3
HTC EVO
Yes
M3
T3
HTC One
Yes
M4
T4
Kyocera Kona
No
M4
T4
LG Optimus
Yes
M4
T4
LG Rumor Reflex
Yes
M4
T4
LG Viper
Yes
M4
T4
LG Rumor Touch
No
M4
T4
LG Remarq
No
M4
T4
LG G2
Yes
M4
T3
Motorola XPRT
Yes
M3
T3
Samsung M370
No
M4
T3
Samsung Galaxy S II
Yes
M4
T3
Samsung Galaxy S III LTE
Yes
M3
T3
Samsung Galaxy S4
Yes
M4
Samsung M400
No
M3
T3
Samsung Galaxy S5
Yes
M3
T3
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Yes
M4
T3
Sanyo Taho
No
M4
T4

*This list is subject to change. Look for The (HAC) rating for a phone on its box and it is usually listed in the user manual.