Affinity Cellular Hearing Aid Compatibility

Information For Customers That Are Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing


Hearing Aid Compatible Phones

Some people that use hearing aid devices may experience difficulties 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. To see a list of hearing aid compatible devices from Affinity Cellular, see below. These HAC ratings can also be found on Affinity Cellular's web site. 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.


Try Before You Buy

Because user experiences are varied and highly individualized, Affinity Cellular recommends customers try several hearing aid compatible phones to determine which phones will work best for them.

BrandModelM3M4T4T3Type
AlcatelA30SMART
AppleiPhone 4SMART
AppleiPhone 5SMART
AppleiPhone 5CSMART
AppleiPhone 5SSMART
AppleiPhone 6SMART
AppleiPhone 6 PLUSSMART
AppleiPhone 6SSMART
AppleiPhone 7SMART
AppleSESMART
Apple iPhone 8SMART
HTC 6330 RhymeSMART
HTC 6525 ONE M8SMART
HTC 6535 ONE M9SMART
LGVN251QWERTY
LGVS415SMART
LGVS880 G VistaSMART
LGVW820 LancetSMART
MotorolaXT1080 Droid MAXXSMART
PantechADR910 MarauderSMART
PantechADR930 PerceptionSMART
SamsungB3111 Gusto 3FLIP
SamsungG360 Galaxy Core PrimeSMART
SamsungG900 Galaxy S5SMART
SamsungGalaxy S6SMART
SamsungGalaxy S7 EdgeSMART
SamsungI110 IllusionSMART
SamsungI500 FascinateSMART
SamsungI515 Galaxy NexusSMART
SamsungI545 Galaxy S4SMART
SamsungU360 GustoFLIP
SamsungU365FLIP