Hearing Aid Compatibility Chart

Current Phones FCCID HAC Rating Air Interface Frequency Bands Wi-Fi Capability Level of Functionality
Samsung J3 A3LSMJ327A M3,T3 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE LTE 750/1700/2600
WCDMA 850/1900/2100
CDMA 800/850/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Yes 2
Samsung Note8 A3LSMN950U M4,T3 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE LTE 750/1700/2600
WCDMA 850/1900/2100
CDMA 800/850/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Yes 3
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus A3LSMG955U M3,T3 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE LTE 750/1700/2600
WCDMA 850/1900/2100
CDMA 800/850/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Yes 3
Samsung Galaxy S8 A3LSMG950U M3,T3 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE LTE 750/1700/2600
WCDMA 850/1900/2100
CDMA 800/850/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Yes 3
Samsung Galaxy S9 A3LSMG960U T3,M4 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE LTE 750/1700/2600
WCDMA 850/1900/2100
CDMA 800/850/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Yes 3
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus A3LSMG965U T3,M4 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE LTE 750/1700/2600
WCDMA 850/1900/2100
CDMA 800/850/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Yes 3
Samsung Note9 A3LSMN960F T3,M4 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE LTE 750/1700/2600
WCDMA 850/1900/2100
CDMA 800/850/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Yes 3
Kyocera DuraXA V65E4520 M4,T4 CDMA CDMA 850/1900 No 1
Kyocera DuraScout V65E6782 M4,T3 CDMA/LTE CDMA 850/1900
LTE 700/850/1700/1900/2100/2600
Yes 2
LG170 ZNFVN170 M4/T4 CDMA CDMA 850/1900 No 1
LG K30 ZNFX410PM M3,T3 GSM/HSDPA/LTE LTE 750/1700/2600
WCDMA 850/1900/2100
CDMA 800/850/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Yes 2
LG Stylo 4 ZNFQ710TS M4,T4 GSM/HSDPA/LTE LTE 750/1700/2600
WCDMA 850/1900/2100
CDMA 800/850/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Yes 2
Sonim XP5 WYPL15V013AA M3,T3 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE CDMA 850/1900 Yes 1
Apple iPhone 7 BCG-E3091A M3,T4 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
CDMA 850/1700/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
LTE 700/750/800/850/900/
1700/1800/1900/2100/2500/2600/2300
Yes 3
Apple iPhone 7 Plus BCG-E3087A M3,T4 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
CDMA 850/1700/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
LTE 700/750/800/850/900/
1700/1800/1900/2100/2500/2600/2300
Yes 3
Apple iPhone 8 BCG-E3174A M3,T4 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
CDMA 850/1700/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
LTE 700/750/800/850/900/
1700/1800/1900/2100/2500/2600/2300
Yes 3
Apple iPhone 8 Plus BCG-E3160A M3,T4 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
CDMA 850/1700/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
LTE 700/750/800/850/900/
1700/1800/1900/2100/2500/2600/2300
Yes 3
Apple iPhone X BCG-E3161A M3,T4 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
CDMA 850/1700/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
LTE 700/750/800/850/900/
1700/1800/1900/2100/2500/2600/2300
Yes 3
Apple iPhone XR BCG-E3220a M3,T4 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
CDMA 850/1700/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
LTE 700/750/800/850/900/
1700/1800/1900/2100/2500/2600/2300
Yes 3
Apple iPhone XS BCG-E218A M3,T4 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
CDMA 850/1700/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
LTE 700/750/800/850/900/
1700/1800/1900/2100/2500/2600/2300
Yes 3
Apple iPhone XS MAX BCG-E3219A M3,T4 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
CDMA 850/1700/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
LTE 700/750/800/850/900/
1700/1800/1900/2100/2500/2600/2300
Yes 3
Motorola G6 Play IHDT56XB1 M3,T3 CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE LTE 750/1700/2600
WCDMA 850/1900/2100
CDMA 800/850/1900
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Yes 2

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defines Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) for wireless devices in terms of radio-frequency (RF) emissions and telecoil coupling. Cell phones are tested to see if they comply with the FCC's definition of hearing aid compatibility.

"M" refers to the RF emissions level of the handset device, and means the device is intended for use with hearing aids in microphone mode. The higher the "M" rating number on the device, the more likely the device can be used with a hearing aid on the microphone setting.

"T" refers to the device's telecoil coupling ability, and means the device is intended for use with hearing aids in telecoil mode. The higher the "T" rating number on the device, the more likely the device can be used with a hearing aid on the telecoil setting. A telecoil is a small device that is built into some hearing aids for use with the telephone as well as assistive listening devices. To use the telecoil, generally either the hearing aid is switched to the "T" position or a button on the hearing aid is pushed to select the telecoil program. Some newer hearing aids will automatically switch to telecoil mode when using a phone. The telecoil picks up magnetic fields generated by telephones and converts these fields into sound. Telecoils are particularly useful for telephone communication because they permit the volume control of a hearing aid to be turned up without creating feedback or "whistling," and background noise can be reduced especially when using cell phones in noisy places. A hearing health professional can determine whether a hearing aid contains a telecoil and how it is activated.

Levels of Functionality

Appalachian Wireless offers a variety of HAC phone models to meet the needs of wireless users with hearing disabilities. The mobile units are presented here by category of outright price per unit, that is, the full price of the phone not discounted as part of a contract for service.

1 – Good
:
Handsets provide lower cost voice service. Typically include basic texting, limited web browsing and e-mail capability.
2 – Better
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Handsets offer upgraded voice. Advanced web browsing with e-mail, camera and video capability, social media and download functionality.
3 – Best
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Handsets incorporate new technologies and high data speeds, advanced voice/web browsing and e-mail capability, as well as increased storage, high-resolution display, enhanced camera with video capability, social media and download (app) functionality. Feature phones can operate on 3G and 4G networks.