Hearing Aid Compatibility

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.

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.

Along with many others in the wireless industry, we strive to ensure accessibility for all individuals, including deaf and hard of hearing consumers.

Compatible Phones and Devices
Pursuant to FCC guidelines, the handsets listed below have been tested and rated for Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC). These HAC ratings, or "M-Ratings" and "T-Ratings," help hearing aid users find the best phone for their needs. A digital wireless phone is considered hearing aid-compatible for acoustic coupling if it meets an “M3” rating under the ANSI standard. A digital wireless handset is considered hearing aid-compatible for inductive coupling if it meets a “T3” rating under the ANSI standard.

The Levels of Functionality explanation is as follows: Good = text messaging; Better = external caller ID, web browsing; Best = camera, web browsing, mp3 support; Premium = camera, web browsing, mp3 support, bluetooth technology.

Handset
FCC ID
M-Rating T-Rating
Classification
Motorola W510
IHDT56HB1
M3
T3
Premium
Motorola RAZR
IHDT56EU1
M3
Best
Pantec C530
JYCC530
M3
T3
Premium
Alcatel Sparq II
RAD296
M3
T4
Premium

The list of compatible handsets changes from time to time and this web site is updated on a regular basis. For the most current list of phones, please call the National Center for Customers with Disabilities, NCCD:

Voice calls: 1-866-241-6568
TTY calls: 1-866-241-6567

The NCCD is available from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET, Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET.
More great info at :
http://www.accesswireless.org/hearingaid

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