2014 HAC (Hearing Aid) Compatibility for Wireless Devices

Hearing Aid Compatible Models offered for sale by Valley Wireless

C Level Devices

 

HAC Rating

LG Accolade 5600

 

M4, T4

LG EnV3 VX-9200

 

M4

LG Revere 2 VN150

 

M4, T4

LG Vortex

 

M4

Samsung Brightside

 

M4

Samsung Gusto 2

 

M4, T4

Samsung Intensity III

 

M4

 

 

 

B Level Devices

 

 HAC Rating

Casio Commando

 

M4, T4

Casio Hitachi G’zOne Ravine 2

 

M4, T4

HTC Incredible 2

 

M4, T4

Huawei JItterbug Touch 2

 

M4, T3

iPhone 4

 

M4, T4

iPhone 4S

 

Under Review

Motorola Droid 3

 

M4, T3

Motorola Droid X2

 

M4, T3

Motorola Moto G XT1028

 

M3, T4

Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) for Wireless Devices

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 amplifications of unwanted sound (noise) often occurs.

The FCC’s hearing aid compatibility requirements address hearing aids that operate in either of two modes – acoustic coupling (“M” rating) or inductive coupling (“T” 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 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’s “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 Valley Wireless recommends that you test the handset before purchasing.

Levels of Functionality

Valley Wireless offers HAC-compatible handsets and devices in all major price categories, include low-cost (“C” level)(<$100), moderate-cost (“B” level)($100-$250), and high-end/feature-rich (“A” level) (>$250). Costs generally correlate with the number of features, but, if through experience, Valley Wireless finds that a certain handset contains features that work well with hearing aids, such as volume control, it will be labeled accordingly with an “A” level for functionality. Valley Telecommunication’s sales staff is trained to assist all existing and prospective customers looking for a HAC-compliant device/handset. HAC-compatible handsets and devices vary in their inherent “levels of functionality,“ but typically at least one (1) HAC-compliant handset/device with features and services typical of its price category can be found that meets each customer’s price range.

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 Rev. 01122015