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Hearing Aid Compatibility

The Federal Communications Commission has adopted specific hearing-aid compatibility rules for digital wireless telephones. Digital wireless telephones sometimes cause interference with hearing-aids because the electromagnetic energy emitted by the telephone's antenna, backlight, or other components and may make using a phone difficult.

The standard for compatibility of digital wireless phones with hearing aids is set forth in American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standard C63.19. ANSI C63.19 contains two sets of standards:

- An "M" rating from one to four for reduced radio frequency (RF) interference, enables acoustic coupling with hearing aids that operate in microphone mode and do not operate in telecoil mode. The higher the "M" rating on the device, the more likely you will be able to use the device with your hearing aid on the microphone setting.

- A "T" rating from one to four to enable inductive coupling with hearing aids operating in telecoil mode. The higher the "T" rating number on the device, the more likely the device can be used with a hearing aid operating on the telecoil setting.

A digital wireless handset is considered hearing aid-compatible for acoustic coupling if it meets an "M3" rating under the ANSI standard. A digital wireless handset is considered hearing-aid compatible for inductive coupling if it meets a "T3" rating under the ANSI standard.

Levels of Functionality

Low-end handsets are offered at low cost prices and are very affordable to prepay customers. These handsets have basic call functionality and text messaging capabilities.

Mid-level handsets come with features for personalization such as ringtones, picture messaging, and mobile web.

High-level handsets offer faster data speeds such as HSPA, video capture capabilities and music, among other features.

Smart-level devices provide access to email, full QWERTY keyboard, along with an advanced operating system with the ability to install applications.

Hearing Aid Compatible Handsets

Model: FCC ID: HAC Rating: Functionality Level:
Alcatel 1 2ACCJH089 Not rated Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth
Alcatel 1X 2ACCJB101 M3 Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth
Alcatel Go Flip 2ACCFJN013 M4 4G LTE, Camera, Speakerphone, WiFi, Bluetooth
Apple iPhone 7 BCG-E3085A M3/T4 Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth
Apple iPhone 8 BCG-E3159A M4/T4 Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth
Apple iPhone SE BCG-E3042A M3/T4 Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth
LG K8 ZNFX210ULM M3/T3 Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth
Motorola Moto E4 Plus IHDT56WD1 M3/T3 Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth
Motorola Moto E5 Play IHDT56XC4 M3/T4 Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth
Motorola Moto X4 IHDT56WK1 M4/T3 Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth
Mototorla G6 Play IHDT56XB1 M3/T3 Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth
Nokia 3.1 2AJOTTA-1049 M4/T3 Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth
Samsung Galaxy J3 2018 A3LSMJ737T M3/T3 Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth
Samsung Galaxy J7 2018 A3LSMJ337T M3/T3 Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth
Samsung Galaxy S8 A3LSMG950U M4/T3 Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus A3LSMG955U M3/T3 Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth
Samsung Galaxy S9 A3LSMG960U M4/T3 Smartphone, WiFi, Camera, Touchscreen, Bluetooth