|Compliant Phones||FCC ID||HAC Rating||Functionality*|
|Alcatel Go Flip||3ACCJN013||M4/T4||Basic|
|Apple iPhone 8||BCG-E3159A||M3/T4||Smartphone|
|Apple iPhone 8+||BCG-E3160A||M3/T4||Smartphone|
|Apple iPhone XS||BCG-E3218A||M3/T4||Smartphone|
|Apple iPhone XS Max||BCG-E3219A||M3/T4||Smartphone|
|Samsung Galaxy S8||A3LSMG950U||M3/T3||Smartphone|
|Samsung Galaxy S8+||A3LSMG955U||M3/T3||Smartphone|
|Samsung Note 8||A3LSMN950U||M3/T4||Smartphone|
|Samsung Galaxy S9||A3LSMG960U||M4/T3||Smartphone|
|Samsung Galaxy S9+||A3LSMG965U||M4/T3||Smartphone|
|Samsung Note 9||A3LSMN960U||M4/T3||Smartphone|
What is a “hearing aid compatible (HAC) handset”?
These 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 the 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. If you have further questions on hearing aid compatibility, about return or exchange policies, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
M and T Hearing Aid Compatibility Ratings
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 and compatibility requirements address hearing aids that operate in either of two modes.
Acoustic coupling (“M” 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
Inductive coupling (“T” rating), 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 “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 ASTAC recommends that you test the handset before purchasing. Note: Handsets with Wi-Fi calling capabilities may not have been tested for hearing aid compatibility in this calling mode
Levels of Functionality & Price Categories
Basic phones may be candy bar, slider or flip style. These devices will have 2 Megapixel or better cameras and are capable of making and receiving calls, sending and receiving text messages. WAP browsing and picture messaging may also be available on some models.
Mid-Level phones will have higher resolution cameras, MP3 Music players, Bluetooth capabilities, HTML internet browser and larger, high resolution, displays. Some phones in this category have touch screens and/or slide out QWERTY keyboards.
Smartphones have advanced operating systems like iOS, Google Android, and Microsoft Windows Mobile which allow for application additions. These devices support both voice and data communications and generally are Wi-Fi capable and feature rich.
Note: Handsets with Wi-Fi calling capabilities may not have been tested for hearing aid compatibility in this calling mode.
For additional information and clarification regarding the hearing and compatibility rating system: http://www.accesswireless.org/Disability-Categories/Hearing.aspx
For information about the hearing aid compatibility requirements for wireless phones: https://www.fcc.gov/hearing-aid-compatibility-wireless-telephones
For assistance in searching for hearing aid compatible devices: https://gari.info/