Hearing Aid Capable Handsets

Information For Customers That Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

About Hearing Aid Compatibility

As wireless carriers move from analog to digital services, accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing is a concern, Digital technology means more features and improved efficiency – but some digital phones can cause interference for hearing aid users. 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.

The Federal Communications Commission has set forth requirements for wireless carriers and the wireless device manufactures. Much progress has been made and there are now a large number of hearing aid compatible (HAC) devices available to customers. GTA Wireless strives to ensure accessibility for all individuals including deaf and hard of hearing. More information can be found at www.accesswireless.org

Hearing Aid Compatible Device Ratings

M-Ratings – Reduced Hearing Aid Device Interference

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 manufacture 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 the mobile phones and other sources of RF/EMI such as computer monitors and florescent lights.

T-Ratings – Compatible with Hearing Aids with 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. 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.

Compatible Phones

GTA Wireless has worked with handset vendors to introduce HAC phones. Pursuant to FCC guidelines, the handsets listed below have been rates for Hearing Aid Compatibility. These HAC rates, or “M—Ratings” and “T-Ratings” help hearing aid users find the best phone for their needs.

Make Model FCC ID 3G HAC RATING
Alcatel OT871A RAD264 Y M3, T3
BlackBerry Torch 9810 L6ARDM70UW, L6AREN70UW Y M3, T3
BlackBerry Bold 9900 L6ARDE70UW, L6ARDV70UW Y M3, T3
BlackBerry Curve 9360 L6ARDC70UW, L6ARDD70UW Y M3, T3
HTC Vivid NM8PH39100 Y M3, T3
iPhone Xr BCG-E3220A Y M3, T4
iPhone Xs BCG-E3218A Y M3, T4
iPhone Xs Max BCG-E3219A Y M3, T4
iPhone 8 BCG-E3159A Y M3, T4
iPhone 8 Plus BCG-E3160A Y M3, T4
iPhone 4S BCG-E2430A Y M3, T3 on 2G
iPhone 7 BCG-E3085A Y M3, T4
iPhone 7 Plus BCG-E3087A Y M3, T4
iPhone 6S BCG-E2946A Y M3, T4
iPhone 6S Plus BCG-E2944A Y M3, T4
iPhone 6 BCG-E2816A Y M3, T4
iPhone 6 Plus BCG-E2817A Y M3, T4
LG P930 BEJP930 Y M3, T3
LG K4 K120F ZNFL43AL Y M3, T3
Nokia 3555 3555 QMNRM-257 Y M3, T3
Samsung Note 3 N900A A3LSMN900A Y M3, T3
Samsung Note 4 N910T A3LSMN910T Y M4, T3
Samsung Note 5 N920W8 A3LSMN920W8 Y M4, T3
Samsung Note 5 N920i A3LSMN920I Y M4, T3
Samsung Note 8 A3LSMN950F Y M4, T3
Samsung S8 G950F A3LSMG950F Y M4, T3
Samsung S8+ G955F A3LSMG950F Y M4, T3
Samsung S7 G930F A3LSMG930F Y M4, T3
Samsung S7 G930U A3LSMG930U Y M4, T3
Samsung S7 Edge G935F A3LSMG935F Y M4, T3
Samsung S7 Edge G935U A3LSMG935U Y M4, T3
Samsung S6 G920I A3LSMG920I Y M4, T3
Samsung S6 Edge G925I A3LSMG925I Y M4, T3
Samsung S6 Active G890A A3LSMG890A Y M3, T3
Samsung S6 Edge Plus G928W8 A3LSMG928W8 Y M4, T3
Samsung S6 Edge Plus G928i A3LSMG928I Y M4, T3
Samsung A5 A520F A3LSMA520F Y M4
Samsung A8 A530F A3LSMA530F Y M4, T3
Samsung S5 G900A A3LSMG900A Y M3, T3
Samsung S5 G900T A3LSMG900T Y M3, T3
Samsung S4 LTE I337 A3LSGHI337 Y M3, T3
Samsung S3 Mini A3LSMG730A Y M3, T3
Samsung Infuse 4G I997 A3LSGHI997 Y M3, T3
Samsung Rugby III A997 A3LSGHA997 Y M3, T3
Samsung S3 LTE I747 A3LSGHI747 Y M3
ZTE Z221 Z221 Q78-Z221 Y M3, T3
ZTE Maven Z812 SRQ-Z812 Y M4, T4
Huawei U3900 Black QISU3900 Y M3, T4