If you are looking for a hearing aid compatible phone, it is important that you know as much about them as you can. Here are some of the things you need to know about these types of phones:
What does Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) mean for mobile phones?
As regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), hearing aid compatibility for wireless devices are defined by two parameters: telecoil coupling and radio frequency (RF) emissions. In order to be recognized as a HAC device, these devices should receive the minimum rating from FCC of T3 for telecoil coupling and M3 for RF emissions.
What is the significance of the ‘M’ rating?
The ‘M’ rating on HAC devices refers to its RF emissions level. This means the device is intended to be used with hearing aids that are in microphone mode. The higher the ‘M’ rating is, the more likely the device can be used with a hearing aid on its microphone setting.
What the ‘T’ rating means on HAC devices?
The ‘T’ rating found on HAC devices is used to refer to its telecoil coupling ability. This means that the device was intended to be used on telecoil mode. The higher ‘T’ rating the device has received, the more possible it can be used with a hearing aid on its telecoil setting.
How can you determine if a wireless device meets HAC standards?
Wireless devices that have been found to be HAC compliant will have the official Hearing Aid Compatible icon next to them. You can also view further details about the device to learn more about its M rating.
Do these HAC ratings guarantee that a wireless device will work with a hearing aid?
While there is no 100% guarantee, wireless devices that meet HAC regulations are expected to help improve usability for those who use hearing aids. It is best to consult with a hearing healthcare professional or audiologist to know more about these devices and get a recommendation.
Check out the different Hearing Aid Compatible phones so you can choose one that best suits your needs.