Hearing Aid Compatibility Chart

Last updated: 03/15/2019

Phone FCCID HAC or Non-HAC HAC Rating Level of Functionality
Apple iPhone 6s BCG-E2946A HAC M3/T4 3
Apple iPhone 7 BCG-E3091A HAC M3/T4 3
Apple iPhone 7 Plus BCG-E3087A HAC M3/T4 3
Apple iPhone 8 BCG-E3174A HAC M3/T4 3
Apple iPhone 8 Plus BCG-E3160A HAC M3/T4 3
Apple iPhone X BCG-E3161A HAC M3/T4 3
Apple iPhone XR BCG-E3220a HAC M3/T4 3
Apple iPhone XS BCG-E218A HAC M3/T4 3
Apple iPhone XS Max BCG-E3219A HAC M3/T4 3
Kyocera DuraXA V65E4520 HAC M4/T4 1
Kyocera DuraScout V65E6782 HAC M4/T3 2
LG K30 ZNFX410PM HAC M3/T3 2
LG Stylo 4 ZNFQ710TS HAC M4/T4 2
LG G5 ZNFH820 HAC M3/T3 3
LG G6 ZNFVS988 HAC M3/T3 3
Motorola G6 Play IHDT56XB1 HAC M3/T3 3
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge A3LSMG935W8 HAC M4/T3 3
Samsung Galaxy S6 A3LSMG920V HAC M4/T3 3
Samsung J3 A3LSMJ327A HAC M3/T3 2
Samsung Note 8 A3LSMN950U HAC M4/T3 3
Samsung Galaxy S8 A3LSMG950U HAC M4/T3 3
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus A3LSMG955U HAC M4/T3 3
Samsung Galaxy S9 A3LSMG960U HAC M4/T3 3
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus A3LSMG965U HAC M4/T3 3
Samsung Note 9 A3LSMN960F HAC M4/T3 3
Samsung Galaxy S10e A3LSMG970U HAC M4/T3 3
Samsung Galaxy S10 A3LSMG973U HAC M4/T3 3
Samsung Galaxy S10+ A3LSMG975U HAC M4/T3 3
Sonim XP5 WYPL15V013AA HAC M3/T3 1

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.

FCC information about HAC rules HAC information about previously offered devices

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
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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.