HAC Information

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 amplification 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 ATMC recommends that you test the handset before purchasing.

Level of Functionality
ATMC offers HAC-compatible handsets and devices in a variety of price options. Costs generally correlate with the number of features, but if through experience, ATMC 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. ATMC’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.

Hearing Aid Compliant (HAC) Device Ratings
These handsets have been tested and rated for use with hearing aids for some of the wireless technologies that they use. However, there may be some newer wireless technologies used in these phones that have not been tested yet for use with hearing aids. It is important to try the different features of these phones thoroughly and in different locations, using your hearing aid or cochlear implant, to determine if you hear any interfering noise. Consult ATMC or the manufacturer of the handset for information on hearing aid compatibility. If you have questions about return or exchange policies, contact ATMC.

Active Phones

Device Model HAC Rating FCC ID Offered Date
Apple iPhone 11 M3/T4 BCG-E243OA October 4, 2019
Apple iPhone 11 M3/T4 BCG-E243OA October 4, 2019
Apple iPhone 11 Pro M3/T4BCG-E3305A October 4, 2019
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max M3/T4BCG-E3306A October 4, 2019
Apple iPhone XR M3/T4 BCG-E3220A April 4, 2019
Apple iPhone XS M3/T4 BCG-E3218A April 4, 2019
Apple iPhone 8 M3/T4 BCG-E3159A April 4, 2019
Samsung Galaxy S10e M4/T3 A3LSMG970U April 4, 2019
Samsung Galaxy S10 M4/T3 A3LSMG973U April 4, 2019
Samsung Galaxy S10+ M4/T3 A3LSMG975U April 4, 2019
Samsung Note 9 M4/T3 A3LSMN960U April 4, 2019
Samsung Galaxy A20 M3/T3 A3LSMA205F December 27, 2019
Samsung Galaxy A10e M3/T3 A3LSMA102U December 27, 2019
Kyocera DuraXV LTE E4610 M3/T4 V65E4610 November 27, 2019
Nuu F4L M4/T4 2ADINS2801L November 27, 2019

Discontinued Phones

Device Model HAC Rating FCC ID Offered Date Discontinued Date
Apple iPhone 8+ M3/T4BCG-E33220AApril 4, 2019January 3, 2020
Samsung Galaxy S9M4/T3A3LSMG960UApril 4, 2019January 3, 2020
Samsung J3M3/T3A3LSMJ320PApril 4, 2019January 3, 2020
Kyocera CadenceM4/T4V65S2720April 4, 2019January 3, 2020

To learn more, visit www.fcc.gov/hearing-aid-compatibility-and-volume-control .
Information last updated 1/7/2020.

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