HAC

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Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC)

Under Section 20.19(h) of the FCC’s revised HAC rules, beginning January 15, 2009, each manufacturer and service provider subject to the HAC rules that operates a publicly-accessible website must make available on its website (1) a list of all hearing aid-compatible models currently offered, the ratings of those models, and (2) an explanation of the rating system. Each service provider must also specify on its website, based on the levels of functionality that the service provider has defined, the level that each hearing aid-compatible model falls under as well as an explanation of how the functionality of the handsets varies at the different levels.

HAC is best described when mobile phones and hearing devices (hearing aids and cochlear implants) are used together the result is buzzing, humming or whining noises that are detected by the user. Some hearing devices are more immune than others to this interference noise, and phones also vary in the amount of interference they generate.

The wireless telephone industry has developed two types of ratings for mobile phones to assist hearing device users in finding phones that may be compatible with their hearing devices.

M-Ratings
Phones rated M3 or M4 meet FCC requirements and are likely to generate less interference to hearing devices than phones that are not labeled. M4 is the better/higher of the two ratings

T-Ratings
Phones rated T3 or T4 meet FCC requirements and are likely to be more usable with a hearing device’s telecoil.

It is important to try the different features of any phone thoroughly and in different locations, using your hearing aid or cochlear implant, to determine if you hear any interfering noise. Consult with NVC or the manufacturer of the phone for information hearing aid compatibility.

 

HAC Ratings 

Phone Models

Model Name

FCC ID

Wi-Fi Interface

LTE

M-Rating

T-Rating

Kyocera E4510 DuraXA V65E4520     M4 T4
LG AN170 Fluid II ZNFVN170 802.11 b, g, n   M4 T4
LG AS998 V30 ZNFLS998 802.11 a, ac, b, g, n Yes M3 T3
LG CV1 K8+ 2018 ZNFSP200 802.11 b, g, n Yes M3 T3
LG G7 G710ULM LG ThinQ ZNFG710VM 802.11 a, ac, b, g, n Yes M4 T3
LG CV7A LM-Q710ULM Stylo 4 ZNFQ710US 802.11 a, ac, b, g, n Yes M4 T3
LG GF2 AN220 Wine ZNFUN220 802.11 b, g, n Yes M3 T4
Moto G Ashley G6 Play IHDT56XB1 802.11 a, b, g, n Yes M3 T3
Samsung SM-G950U GS8 A3LSMG950U 802.11 a, ac, b, g, n Yes M4 T3
Samsung SM-J327 J3 A3LSMJ327P 802.11 a, ac, b, g, n Yes M3 T3
Samsung N950U1 Note 8 A3LSMN950U 802.11 a, ac, b, g, n Yes M3 T3
Samsung SM-G960U1 GS9 A3LSMG960U 802.11 a, ac, b, g, n Yes M4 T3
Samsung SM-G965U1 GS9+ A3LSMG965U 802.11 a, ac, b, g, n Yes M4 T3
Samsung SM-N960U1 Note 9 A3LSMN960U 802.11 a, ac, b, g, n Yes M4 T3
Samsung SM-J337R7 J3 Top (2018) A3LSMJ337P 802.11 b, g, n Yes M3 T3
Sonim XP 3405 Shield WYPC21F007AA     M4 T3
Sonim XP 4400 Enduro WYPC21F007AC     M4 T3

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