Hearing Aid Compatibility for Wireless Telephones

 

About Hearing Aid Compatibility

As wireless handsets move from analog to digital services, accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing has become a concern. Digital technology means more features and improved performance—but some digital phones can cause distortion or noise for hearing aid users because of radio frequency (acoustical) interference or telecoil electromechanical (inductive) interference. Hearing aids that operate in an acoustic coupling mode receive and amplify all sound through a microphone, both desired and unwanted. Hearing aids operating in inductive coupling mode turn off the microphone to avoid amplifying ambient noise, and use a telecoil to receive only audio signal-based magnetic fields generated by inductive coupling-capable telephones.

To make sure the deaf and hard of hearing can use digital wireless devices, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) updated the Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988 (“HAC Act”), passing regulations to increase the number of hearing aid-compatible wireless devices. The FCC’s hearing aid compatibility requirements address devices that operate either through acoustic coupling (with an “M” rating) or through inductive coupling (with a “T” rating). A “3” rating (either M3 or T3) indicates that the device has satisfied the American National Standards Institute (“ANSI”) standard, and a “4” rating indicates that the device exceeds ANSI standards. Although the “M” and “T” ratings are clearly marked on handset packaging, the rating doen not guarantee that the handset will function without distortion or noise. Mobius Cellular therefore recommends that you test the handset before purchasing.

Mobius Cellular strives to ensure accessibility for all individuals, including deaf and hard of hearing consumers. Please, contact our office at (308) 487-5500 or toll free at (877) 266-2487 with questions on hearing aid compability. Additional information on hearing aid compatability is also available for consumers on the FCC website.

Cell Phone Handset Listing

 

Basic handsets have three or less of these six features: Data Phones, Bluetooth, MP3, Water Resistant, Text Messaging, Type A GPS.
Intermediate handsets have four of these six features: Data Phones, Bluetooth, MP3, Water Resistant, Text Messaging, Type A GPS.
Advanced handsets have five or more of these six features: Data Phones, Bluetooth, MP3, Water Resistant, Text Messaging, Type A GPS.

 

ADVANCED

Casio G’zOne Ravine 2:
This update to the Ravine adds a color outer display with a slimmer, sleeker body.  Other features include push-to-talk, a rugged water-proof clamshell design, compass, pedometer, thermometer, memory card slot, 3 megapixel camera and stereo bluetooth.

Motorola V860 (Barrage):
This model has a rugged clamshell body that can withstand being submerged in water. Key features include 2 megapixel camera, memory card slot, stereo Bluetooth, and large external display.

Samsung Convoy 3:
This model is an update to the Samsung Convoy 2 offering a larger display and 3.5mm audio jack. Other features include flashlight, push-to-talk, military-grade durability, memory card slot, stereo Bluetooth and music player with external controls.

INTERMEDIATE

Apple iPhone 6:
This model features a screen size of 4.7 inches and a thinner more rounded design. Key features include a finger print reader, Siri voice assistance, 8 megapixel camera and up to 128 GB of storage.

Apple iPhone 5:
This update to the iPhone adds 4G LTE high-speed data. Other improvements include the display size and processor performance. Key features include global roaming, Siri voice assistant, and an 8-megapixel main camera plus HD front camera.

Apple iPhone 4:
This model offers a hot-spot feature. Key features include a very high resolution display, full web browser, Wi-Fi, 5-megapixel camera with HD video capture and Bluetooth.

Apple iPhone 4S:
This model offers an Apple A5 dual-core processor.  A new voice assistant takes dictation and heeds natural–language questions and commands.  Other features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and an 8-megapixel camera.

Casio G-zOne Commando:
This model features a rugged waterproof design, 5-megapixel camera, compass, extra loud speaker, GPS navigation and memory card slot. Pedometer and high resolution touch display.

HTC Incredible 2:
This model offers a front-facing 8 -megapixel camera and a 4 inch display. Key features include HTC Sense software, 3,5mm audio jack memory card slot and FM radio

LG VX9200 (LG9200 EnV3):
This model has a 3-megapixel camera and a QWERTY keyboard. Other features include stereo Bluetooth, music player, and memory slot.

LG Optimus Zone:
This model offers a 3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, touch screen, 3.5mm headset jack and memory card slot.

LG Revere:
This model features a basic clamshell style design with a 1.3 megapixel camera and outer display.  Other features include Bluetooth and speaker independent voice dialing.

Samsung Gusto II:
The key features of this basic clamshell-style phone include, voice dialing, Bluetooth, downloadable games and content, outer display, camera and speakerphone.

Samsung Gusto III:
The key features of this basic clamshell-style phone include, advanced voice commands, speakerphone, Bluetooth, and a 1.3 megapixel camera.

BASIC

Samsung Haven:
This model has easy to use menus with features ideal for those with less than perfect hearing and/or vision. Other features include a large display and keypad, dedicated keys for both 911 and an emergency contact and speakerphone.

 

 

Advanced FCC ID # M Rating T Rating
Casio G’zOne Ravine 2 JYC78 M4 T4
Motorola V860 (Barrage) IHDT56KR1 M4 T3
Sansung Convoy 3 A3LSCHU680 M4 T4

 

Intermediate FCC ID # M Rating T Rating
Apple iPhone 6 BCG-E2599A M3 T4
Apple iPhone 5 BCG-E2599A M4 T4
Apple iPhone 4 BCG-E2422A M4 T4
Apple iPhone 4S BCG-E2430A
Casio G’zOne Commando TYKNX9320 M4 T4
HTC Incredible 2 NM8PG32100 M4 T4
LG VX9200 (LG9200 EnV3) BEJVX9200 M4
LG Optimus Zone ZNFL38C M4
LG Revere BEJVN150 M4 T4
Samsung Gusto II A3LSCHU365 M4 T4
Samsung Gusto III A2LSMB311V M4 T4

 

Basic FCC ID # M Rating T Rating
Samsung Haven A3LSCHU320 M4 T4