Hearing Aid Compatible

Chariton Valley offers many devices that are Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) for the hearing impaired.

 

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.  Click here to read about Hearing Aid Compatibility rules from the FCC.
 
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.
 
The above information was taken from the CTIA’s website. For more information about hearing aid compatible and nonhearing aid-compatible devices, please visit this site.
 
Explanation of methodology for determining levels of functionality (e.g. operating capabilities, features, prices) for compliant handsets:
 
Chariton Valley 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 price.
 
Smartphones generally have advanced features such as expandable memory, enhanced camera, Bluetooth, video, Internet access, touch screen UI, faster processing, email, full QWERTY keypads, and in many cases Windows Office Mobile, to meet the demands of mobile business professionals and consumers.
 
Feature Phones offer basic wireless telephone features, may or may not have a camera, Bluetooth, or Internet access capability, and generally lack such features MP3 players and expandable memory. Typically utilitarian design suitable for customers using voice/text only, tends to be flip or bar form factor.
 
A listing of Chariton Valley Wireless handset HAC by current and recently offered models can be found in the table below.
Model FCC ID Number HAC MHZ Frequency Air Interface WiFi Tier Sale Date
Samsung S8* A3LSMG950U M4/T3 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 5/8/2017
Apple iPhone 8* BCG-E3159A M3/T4 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 9/29/2017
Samsung Galaxy S9* A3LSMG960U M4/T3 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 3/23/2018
Apple iPhone Xs* BCG-E3218A M3/T4 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 9/21/2018
Apple iPhone Xs Max* BCG-E3219A M3/T4 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 9/21/2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9* A3LSMN960U M4/T3 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 9/28/2018
Samsung S10e A3LSMG970U M4/T3 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 5/2/2019
Samsung S10+* A3LSMG975U1 M4/T3 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 5/2/2019
Samsung S10* A3LSMG973U M4/T3 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 5/2/2019
Samsung Note 10* A3LSMN970U M4/T3 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 9/20/2019
Samsung Note 10+* A3LSMN975U M4/T3 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 9/20/2019
Apple iPhone 11* BCG-E3309A M3/T4 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 9/20/2019
Apple iPhone 11 Pro* BCG-E3305A M3/T4 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 9/20/2019
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max* BCG-E3306A M3/T4 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 9/20/2019
Motorola e6* IHDT56YA1 M3/T3 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 11/8/2019
LG Stylo 5* ZNFQ720QM M4/T3 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 11/8/2019
Samsung Galaxy S20* A3LSMG981U M3/T3 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 4/15/2020
Samsung Galaxy S20+* A3LSMG986U M4/T3 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 4/15/2020
Apple iPhone SE* BCG-E3500A M3/T4 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 4/24/2020
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra* A3LSMG988U M4/T3 850/1900/700 CDMA/LTE YES Smart Phone 5/15/2020

 

 

*This phone has been tested and rated for use with hearing aids for some of the wireless technologies that it uses. However, there may be some newer wireless technologies used in this phone that have not been tested yet for use with hearing aids. It is important to try the different features of this phone thoroughly and in different locations, using your hearing aid or cochlear implant, to determine if you hear any interfering noise. Consult Chariton Valley Wireless or the manufacturer of this phone for information on hearing aid compatibility. If you have questions about return or exchange policies, consult Chariton Valley Wireless.

 

Updated 5.15.2020