Hearing Aid Compatibility 

The Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988 (HAC Act) required the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure that telephones made in or imported for use in the United States are hearing aid compatible. However, wireless phones were exempted. As demand in the market shifted, the FCC determined that the exemption was creating adverse effects for individuals with hearing disabilities, and on August 14, 2003, the FCC established rules for hearing aid compatibility of wireless (or mobile) phones. 

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.

HAC FAQs

Why do I get interference on my hearing aid from mobile phone?

Digital cell phone signals and hearing aids may unintentionally create interference (often in form of a buzzing sound) when used together. Advances in technology have allowed mobile phone manufacturers to create Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) mobile phones that reduce or eliminate the interference.  

What are Hearing Aid Compatible mobile phones?

The wireless industry uses an “M” and “T” rating to show how the mobile phone will work with a hearing aid in microphone mode (“M”) and in telecoil mode (“T”). Access Wireless mobile phones rated with M3, M4, T3, or T4 meet the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements and are likely to generate less interference with hearing aids than those that do not have a rating. The higher the number, the higher the rating. 

For more information about HAC for mobile phones, please click here.

How do I know what the M Rating and T Rating is for my Access Wireless device?  

You can refer to the Access Wireless Hearing Aid Compatibility Chart listed below.

 

Access Wireless Hearing Aid Compatibility Chart

Manufacturer

Model

M Rating

T Rating

Alcatel

Revolve

M4

T4

Coolpad

Arise 5560s

M4

T3

Coolpad

Avail3300a

M4

T4

Coolpad

Quattro II 675

M4

T3

HiSense

Infinity v777



HTC

EVO 4G

M3

T3

HTC

EVO LTE

M4

T3

HTC

EVO Shift

M4

T3

HTC

Hero

M3

T3

HTC

One

M4

T4

HTC

One M8

M4

T3

Huawei

Ascend II

M4

T3

Huawei

Express from Sprint

M4

T4

Kyocera

Brio

M4

T4

Kyocera

Domino

M4

T4

Kyocera

DuraCore

M4

T4

Kyocera

DuraMax

M4

T4

Kyocera

DuraPlus

M4

T4

Kyocera

DuraXT

M4

T4

Kyocera

Forte S1360

M4

T4

Kyocera

Kona

M4

T4

Kyocera

Milano

M4

T4

Kyocera

Rise

M4

T4

Kyocera

Taho

M4

T4

LG

LG 160

M4

-

LG

LX 101/LX 102

M4

T4

LG

LX 125

M3

-

LG

LX 145

M4

-

LG

LX 150

M3

-

LG

LX 260/Rumor

M3

T3

LG

Lotus

M3

T3

LG

Lotus Elite

M4

T4

LG

Optimus Elite

M4

T3

LG

Optimus S

M4

T4

LG

Remarq

M4

T4

LG

Rumor 2

M3

T4

LG

Rumor Reflex

M4

T4

LG

Rumor Touch

M4

T4

LG

Slider

M4

T4

LG

Viper

M4

T4

Motorola

MOTO E XT1023

M3

T3

Motorola

Photon Q

M3

T3

Motorola

W385

M4

T4

Samsung

A740

M3

T3

Samsung

Epic 4G D700

M4

T4

Samsung

Galaxy Note II

M4

-

Samsung

Galaxy S2

M4

T3

Samsung

Galaxy S3

M4

-

Samsung

Galaxy S4

M3

-

Samsung

Galaxy S4 Mini

M4

T3

Samsung

Galaxy S5

M3

T3

Samsung

Galaxy Victory

M4

-

Samsung

M240

M4

T4

Samsung

M260 Factor

M4

T4

Samsung

M300

M4

T4

Samsung

M330

M4

T4

Samsung

M350 Seek

M4

-

Samsung

M360

M4

T4

Samsung

M370

M4

T4

Samsung

M380 Trender

M4

T3

Samsung

M390

M3

T4

Samsung

M400

M4

T4

Samsung

M520

M4

-

Samsung

M540 Rant

M4

T4

Samsung

M550 Exclaim

M3

T3

Samsung

M560 Reclaim

M4

T4

Samsung

M810 Instinct S30

M4

T3

Samsung

Replenish

M4

T3

Samsung

Transform Ultra M390

M4

-

Sanyo

2700

M4

T4

Sanyo

3100

M4

T4

Sanyo

3810 Mirro

M4

T4

Sanyo

3820 Vero

M4

T4

Sanyo

6760 Incognito

M4

T4

Sanyo

Katana LX

M4

T4

Sanyo

MM-8300

-

-

Sanyo

Pro-200

M4

T4

Sanyo

Zio

M4

T4

Unimax

Bravo

M3

T3

Unimax

Ruby

M4

T3

UT

7025

M3

-

ZTE

Flash

M4

T4

ZTE

Force

M4

T3

ZTE

Warp N860

M4

T3

ZTE

Wellington

M3

T4

 

Access Wireless is a service provider for the government-funded Lifeline Assistance program. Lifeline service is provided by i-wireless LLC, d/b/a Access Wireless, an eligible telecommunications carrier. Lifeline service is non-transferable. Only one Lifeline discount, consisting of either wireline or wireless service, can be received per household. A household is defined, for the purposes of the Lifeline program, as any individual or group of individuals who live together at the same address and share income and expenses. Violation of the one-per-household rule constitutes a violation of FCC rules and will result in the customer’s de-enrollment from the Lifeline program. Consumers who willfully make false statements in order to obtain a Lifeline benefit can be punished by fine or imprisonment or can be barred from the program. Customers must present proper documentation confirming their eligibility for the Lifeline program. Customer information will be validated against public records and any discrepancies could result in your approval or rejection of service.