Hearing Aid Compatibility

Hearing Aid Compliance


ANSI C63.19 Rating System for Hearing Aid Compatible Wireless Handsets

The American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standard C63.19 sets two standardized ratings for digital handsets. An 'M' and 'T' rating are used to determine the value of likely interference or immunity of a wireless device in compatibility to a hearing device based on a level of numerical value from 1 to 4.

To be considered hearing aid-compatible, a digital wireless handset for acoustic coupling must meet a requirement of 'M3' under the ANSI standard and 'T3' for inductive coupling. "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.

Levels of Functionality

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.

High Tier Phones have features for demanding users, including Bluetooth, Internet access capability, increased RAM storage or expandable memory, high-resolution color display, enhanced camera/video capability, and music/MP3 player functionality. They typically feature a modern, sleek design, often are slider form factor.

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.

Budget Mobile Lifeline currently offers the following hearing aid-compatible handsets/phones. All these handsets are rated at M3, T3 or better. Although prices for the handsets may vary, all these handsets offer the same level of functionality by providing each end user with access to voice and text services.

HEARING AID COMPATIABLE PHONES
ModelFCC IDFrequencyHACAir Interface
PDAs (Smartphones)
BLACKBERRY 7130eL6ARAV20CW800/1800/1900M3T3CDMA
BLACKBERRY 7250L6ARAV20CN800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
BLACKBERRY 8130 PEARLL6ARBS20CW800/1800/1900M3T3CDMA
BLACKBERRY 8230 PEARL FLIPL6ARCE20CW800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
BLACKBERRY 8330L6ARBU20CW800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
BLACKBERRY 8330 CURVEL6ARBU20CW800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
BLACKBERRY 8703EL6ARBF20CW800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
BLACKBERRY 8830L6ARBK40CG800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
BLACKBERRY VERIZONL6ARBS20CW800/1800/1900M3T3CDMA
LG VS740BEJVS740800/1800/1900M4T3CDMA
MOTOROLA A555IHDP56KW1800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
MOTOROLA A854IHDP56KC1800/1800/1900M3T3CDMA
MOTOROLA A855IHDP56KC5800/1800/1900NOT RATEDCDMA
MOTOROLA A955IHDP56KC1800/1800/1900M3T3CDMA
PALM CENTRO 690O8F-747800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
PALM PRE PLUS P101O8F-ROAE800/1800/1900M4CDMA
PALM TREO 700O8F93001800/1800/1900M3CDMA
PALM TREO 700PO8F93001800/1800/1900M3CDMA
PALM TREO 700wO8FJIMI800/1800/1900NOT RATEDCDMA
Samsung U380A3LSCHU380800/1800/1900M4CDMA
SAMSUNG A870 SIRENA3LSCHA870800/1800/1900M3CDMA
UT STARCOM CDM7025O6Y-CDM7025SP800/1800/1900M3CDMA
UT STARCOM CDM7126O6Y-CDM7126800/1700/1800/1900NOT RATEDCDMA
Mid Tier Phones
CASIO GZONETYKNX9210800/1800/1900M4CDMA
KYOCERA S1310OVF-K33BIC06800/1700/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
KYOCERA S230OVF-K53011800/1900M4T4CDMA
LG - VX10000BEJVX10000800/1800/1900M3CDMA
LG - VX8500BEJVX8500800/1800/1900NOT RATEDCDMA
LG LX260BEJLX260850/1900M3T3CDMA
LG VN150BEJVN150800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
LG VN250BEJVN250800/1800/1900M3T4CDMA
LG VN251BEJVN251800/1800/1900M4T3CDMA
LG VN270BEJVN270800/1800/1900M4T3CDMA
LG VN530BEJVN530800/1800/1900M4CDMA
LG VX11000BEJVX11000800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
LG VX8100BEJVX8100800/1800/1900M3CDMA
LG8550BEJVX8550800/1800/1900M4CDMA
LG8575BEJVX8575800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
LG8800BEJVX8800800/1800/1900M3CDMA
LG9100BEJVX9100800/1800/1900M3T3CDMA
LG9200BEJVX9200800/1800/1900M4CDMA
LG9600BEJVX9600800/1800/1900M3T4CDMA
LGVX6000BEJVX6000800/1800/1900NOT RATEDCDMA
MOTOROLA A455IHDT56KG1800/1800/1900M3T3CDMA
MOTOROLA C290IHDT56FX1800/1800/1900M3CDMA
MOTOROLA L7CIHDT56GQ1800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
MOTOROLA Q IHDT56FQ1800/1800/1900M3CDMA
MOTOROLA Q9MIHDT56HS1800/1800/1900M3T3CDMA
MOTOROLA V325iIHDT56GS1800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
MOTOROLA V3SIHDT56JE1800/1700/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
MOTOROLA V860IHDT56KR1800/1800/1900M4T3CDMA
MOTOROLA VE240IHDP56JS1800/1700/1800/1900M3T3CDMA
MOTOROLA VE440IHDT56KY1800/1700/1800/1900M3T3CDMA
MOTOROLA VE465IHDP56JM1800/1800/1900M4CDMA
MOTOROLA VU30IHDT56JH1800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
MOTOROLA W385IHDT56HC1800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
MOTOROLA W755IHDT56JB1800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
MOTOROLA W766IHDP56KA1800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
MOTOROLA W845IHDT56KS1800/1700/1800/1900M4T3CDMA
MOTOROLA Z6CIHDP56HG1800/1800/1900M3T3CDMA
MOTOROLA ZN4IHDT56JZ1800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
NOKIA 6205QMNRM-347800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
NOKIA 7205QMNRM-383800/1800/1900M3T3CDMA
NOKIA 7705QMNRM-526800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
PALM P10108F-CASC800/1800/1900M4CDMA
PALM TREO650O8FMADECA800/1800/1900NOT RATEDCDMA
PANTECH CDM8975PP4RAP800/1800/1900M4CDMA
PANTECH TXT8030PP4PIVOT800/1800/1900NOT RATEDCDMA
SAMSUNG U450A3LSCHU450800/1800/1900M4CDMA
SAMSUNG U460A3LSCHU460800/1800/1900M4CDMA
SAMSUNG M300A3LSPHM300800/850/1900M4T4CDMA
SAMSUNG M320A3LSPHM320800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
SAMSUNG M330A3LSPHM330800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
SAMSUNG M350A3LSPHM350800/1800/1900M4CDMA
SAMSUNG M500A3LSPHM500800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
SAMSUNG M520A3LSPHM520800/1800/1900M4CDMA
SAMSUNG M540A3LSPHM540800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
SAMSUNG M560A3LSPHM560800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
SAMSUNG M570A3LSPHM570800/1800/1900M4T3CDMA
SAMSUNG M580 ReplenishA3LSPHM580800/1800/1900M4T3CDMA
SAMSUNG N330A3LSCHN330800/1800/1900M3CDMA
SAMSUNG R250A3LSCHR250800/1700/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
SAMSUNG R261A3LSCHR261800/1700/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
SAMSUNG R470A3LSCHR470800/1800/1900M4CDMA
SAMSUNG R580A3LSCHR580800/1800/1900M4T3CDMA
SAMSUNG R630A3LSCHR630800/1800/1900M4T3CDMA
SAMSUNG V540A3LSCHU540800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
SAMSUNG V740A3LSCHU710800/1800/1900M4CDMA
UT STARCOM TXT8010 BLITZPP4ELVIS800/1800/1900NOT RATEDCDMA
Low Tier Phones
AUDIOVOX 8910PP4TX-110C800/1800/1900NOT RATEDCDMA
HUAWEI M228QISM228800/1700/1800/1900M4CDMA
HUAWEI M735QISM735800/1700/1800/1900M4T3CDMA
HUAWEI M750QISM750800/1700/1800/1900M4CDMA
HUAWEI M835QISM835800/1700/1800/1900M4T3CDMA
HUAWEI M860QISM860800/1700/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
LG - VX3300BEJVX3300800/1800/1900M3CDMA
LG - VX4650BEJVX4700800/1800/1900M3CDMA
LG - VX4700BEJVX4700800/1800/1900M3CDMA
LG - VX5200BEJAX5000800/1800/1900M3CDMA
LG - VX5300BEJVX5300800/1800/1900M4CDMA
LG VX3200BEJVX3200800/1800/1900NOT RATEDCDMA
LG VX4500BEJVX4500800/1800/1900NOT RATEDCDMA
LG100BEJLG100C800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
LG5400BEJLX5400800/1800/1900NOT RATEDCDMA
LG5600BEJVX5600800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
LG8300BEJVX8300800/1800/1900M3CDMA
LG8350BEJVX8370800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
Motorola - v266IHDT56ET1800/1800/1900M3CDMA
MOTOROLA - V276IHDT56ET1800/1800/1900M3CDMA
Motorola - V710IHDT56EC1800/1800/1900M3CDMA
Motorola - v760IHDP56LC3800/1700/1800/1900NOT RATEDCDMA
MOTOROLA E815IHDT56EL1800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
MOTOROLA K1MIHDT56GH1800/1800/1900M3CDMA
MOTOROLA Q9CIHDT56B1800/1800/1900NOT RATEDCDMA
MOTOROLA QA30IHDT56JX1800/1800/1900NOT RATEDCDMA
MOTOROLA V3IHDT56EU2800/1800/1900M3CDMA
MOTOROLA V325IHDT56FA1800/1800/1900M3CDMA
MOTOROLA V3AIHDT56HD1800/1800/1900M3 T3CDMA
MOTOROLA V750IHDT56JJ1800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
MOTOROLA W315IHDT56GE1800/1800/1900M3CDMA
Samsung U340A3LSCHU340800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
Samsung U350A3LSCHU350800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
Samsung U410A3LSCHU410800/1800/1900M3T3CDMA
Samsung U430A3LSCHU430800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
SAMSUNG U470A3LSCHU470800/1800/1900M3CDMA
Samsung U490A3LSCHU490800/1800/1900M4T3CDMA
SAMSUNG R300A3LSCHR300800/1800/1900M4CDMA
SAMSUNG V310A3LSCHU310800/1800/1900M4T4CDMA
ZTE C70Q78-ZTEC70800/1700/1800/1900M4T3CDMA
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