HAC Compliancy

Cross Wireless 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.

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, http://www.AccessWireless.org. For more information and for downloadable brochures, please visit AccessWireless.org

Cross Wireless offers a variety of HAC phone models to meet the needs of wireless users with hearing disabilities. In addition to the listing of the devices below, each phone’s package is labeled with it’s appropriate hearing aid rating. The in-store displays will also denote HAC ratings.

PDAs (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.

Mid-Tier Phones may have a camera, Bluetooth, or Internet access capability, but are less likely to offer video/music/media player capability. Design is typically less stylish, tends to be clamshell or flip form factor.

Low-Tier Phones offer basic wireless telephone features, 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.

The 2007 ANSI Standard
Phones listed in this category have 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 your service provider or the manufacturer of this phone for information on hearing aid compatibility. If you have questions about return or exchange policies, consult your service provider or phone retailer.

A listing of Cross Wireless' HAC compatible handsets can be found in the table below.

 
Handset Manufacturer Model Name FCC ID HAC Ratings Air interface WIFI Capable Tier HAC ANSI Standard
Apple iPhone X BCD-E3161A M3/T4 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Apple iPhone 8 Plus BCG-E3160A M3/T4 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Apple iPhone 8 BCG-E3159A M3/T4 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Apple iPhone 6s BCG-E2946A M3/T4 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Apple iPhone 6s Plus BCG-E2944A M3/T4 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Apple iPhone 7 BCG-E3085A M3/T4 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Apple iPhone 7 Plus BCG-E3087A M3/T4 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Apple iPhone SE BCG-E2945A M3/T4 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Kyocera DuraScout V65E6782 M4/T3 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
LG Fluid II ZNFVN170 M4/T4 CDMA N Low 2011
LG K20 ZNFVS501 M3/T CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Motorola Moto E IHDT56QC8 M3/T3 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Motorola Moto E 3G IHDT56QC7 M3/T3 CDMA Y PDA 2011
Motorola Moto G6 Play IHDT56XB1 M3/T3 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2012
Samsung Chrono A3LSCHR261 M4/T4 CDMA N Low 2007
Samsung Coco/CronoII A3LSCHR270 M4/T4 CDMA N Low 2007
Samsung Core Prime A3LSMG360V M3/T4 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Samsung GALAXY S6 EDGE A3LSMG925V M4/T3 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Samsung GALAXY S6 A3LSMG920V M4/T3 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Samsung GALAXY S7 A3LSMG930US M4/T3 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Samsung GALAXY S7 EDGE A3LSMG935US M4/T3 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Samsung GALAXY S8 A3LSMG950U M4/T3 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Samsung GALAXY S8 PLUS A3LSMG955U M3/T3 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Samsung GALAXY S9 A3LSMG960U M4/T3 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2012
Samsung GALAXY S9+ A3LSMG965U M4/T4 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2012
Samsung J3 A3LSMJ327V M3/T3 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Samsung Note 8 A3LSM950U M4/T3 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2011
Sonim XP5 WYPL23V013AA M4/T4 CDMA/LTE Y PDA 2012

 

 

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