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HEARING-AID-COMPATIBLE

HAC PHONES

The below 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.

HAC Phones FCCID HAC Rating
Alcatel 768t RAD287 M3 T3
Apple iPhone 5 BCG-E2599A M4 T4
Apple iPhone 5c BCG-E2694A M3 T4
Apple iPhone 6 BCG-E2616A M3 T4
Huawei M881 QISM881 NA
LG Cosmos VN270 BEJVN270 M4 T3
LG Extravert 2 ZNFVN280 M4 T4
LG Revere VN150 BEJVN150 M4 T4
LG VN530 BEJVN530 M4
Motorola E XT1527 IHDT56QC1 M3 T3
Motorola G 1028 IHDT56PF3 M3 T4
Nexus 6 IHDT56QD1 M4 T4
Pantech 8992 JYCBLADE M4 T4
Plum Z305 BK Y7WPLUMZ305 NA
Samsung Galaxy S6 BCG-E2816A M3 T3
Samsung U680 A3LSCHU680 M4 T4

Hearing Aid Compatibility 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 Limitless Mobile recommends that you test the handset before purchasing.

Limitless Mobile offers HAC-compatible handsets and devices in all major price categories, including basic (“C” level) ( <$100), moderate-cost (“B” level”) ($100-$250), and smart phone/feature-rich (“A” level) (>$250). Costs generally correlate with the number of features, but, if through experience, Limitless Mobile 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. Limitless Mobile 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.