Hearing Aid Compatibility

Illinois Valley Cellular offers a variety of Hearing Aid Compatible 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.

  • 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 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-Ratings: Wireless devices rated M3 or M4 meet FCC requirements and are likely to generate less interference to hearing devices than wireless devices that are not labeled. M4 is the better or higher of the two ratings.

  • T-Ratings: Wireless devices rated T3 or T4 meet FCC requirements and are likely to be more usable with a hearing device’s telecoil (“T Switch” or “Telephone Switch”) than unrated wireless devices. T4 is the better/higher of the two ratings. (Note that not all hearing devices have telecoils in them).

More Resources:

►  Learn more at fcc.gov
►  Learn more about hearing aid compatibility and wireless devices

A listing of HAC handsets currently and recently offered by Illinois Valley Cellular can be found below.

*These Phones have been tested and rated for use with hearing aids for some of the wireless technologies that they use. However, there may be some newer wireless technologies used in these phones that have not been tested yet for use with hearing aids. It is important to try the different features of the 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 the phone for information on hearing aid compatibility. If you have questions about return or exchange policies, consult your service provider or phone retailer.

 

Apple

Apple iPhone 6

Rating: M3/T4*
Tier: Smart
Wi-Fi: Yes
Frequency Band: 850/1900/2100 MHz
Air Interface: CDMA/LTE

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Rating: M3/T4*
Tier: Smart
Wi-Fi: Yes
Frequency Band: 850/1900/2100 MHz
Air Interface: CDMA/LTE

Apple iPhone 6s

Rating: M3/T4*
Tier: Smart
Wi-Fi: Yes
Frequency Band: 850/1900/2100 MHz
Air Interface: CDMA/LTE

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Rating: M3/T4*
Tier: Smart
Wi-Fi: Yes
Frequency Band: 850/1900/2100 MHz
Air Interface: CDMA/LTE

Apple iPhone 7

Rating: M3/T4*
Tier: Smart
Wi-Fi: Yes
Frequency Band: 850/1900/2100 MHz
Air Interface: CDMA/LTE

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Rating: M3/T4*
Tier: Smart
Wi-Fi: Yes
Frequency Band: 850/1900/2100 MHz
Air Interface: CDMA/LTE

Apple iPhone SE

Rating: M3/T4*
Tier: Smart
Wi-Fi: Yes
Frequency Band: 850/1900/2100 MHz
Air Interface: CDMA/LTE

Kyocera

Kyocera DuraXA™ E4510

Rating: M4/T4*
Tier: Mid
Wi-Fi: No
Frequency Band: 850/1900/2100
Air Interface: CDMA

LG

LG Fluid™2 AN170

Rating: M4/T4*
Tier: Low
Wi-Fi: No
Frequency Band: 850/1900/2100
Air Interface: CDMA

LG G5 (AS992)

Rating: M3/T3*
Tier: Smart
Wi-Fi: Yes
Frequency Band: CDMA/LTE
Air Interface: 850/1900/2100 MHz

LG K8 (AS375)

Rating: M3/T3*
Tier: Smart
Wi-Fi: Yes
Frequency Band: CDMA/LTE
Air Interface: 850/1900/2100 MHz

Motorola

Moto G4 Play

Rating:
Tier: Smart
Wi-Fi: Yes
Frequency Band: 850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100
Air Interface: CDMA/GSM/HSPA+/LTE

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy­ Grand Prime™ (G530)

Rating: M4/T4*
Tier: Smart
Wi-Fi: Yes
Frequency Band: CDMA/LTE
Air Interface: 850/1900/2100 MHz

Samsung Galaxy­® S 6

Rating: M4/T3*
Tier: Smart
Wi-Fi: Yes
Frequency Band: 850/1900/2100 MHz
Air Interface: CDMA/LTE

Samsung Galaxy­® S 7

Rating: M4/T3*
Tier: Smart
Wi-Fi: Yes
Frequency Band: 850/1900/2100 MHz
Air Interface: CDMA/LTE

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