Hearing Aid Compatibility
Levels of Functionality
Pioneer Cellular 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 as follows:
Advanced handsets incorporate new technologies and advanced data speeds, voice, web browsing and e-mail capability, as well as increased storage, high-resolution display, enhanced camera and video capability, and social media and download functionality. Feature phones can operate on 3G and 4G networks;
Average handsets offer upgraded voice, web browsing, e-mail, camera and video capability, social media and download functionality at an intermediate price; and,
Basic handsets provide lower cost voice service with basic texting, web browsing and e-mail capability.
These phones 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.
|Apple||iPhone 11 Pro||BCG-E3305A||M3||T4||Yes||Yes||Current||Advanced|
|Apple||iPhone 11 Pro Max||BCG-3306A||M3||T4||Yes||Yes||Current||Advanced|
|Apple||iPhone 7 Plus||BCG-E3087A||M3||T4||Yes||Yes||Current||Advanced|
|Apple||iPhone 8 Plus||BCG-E3160A||M3||T4||Yes||Yes||Current||Advanced|
|Apple||iPhone SE (Gen 2)||BCG-E3500A||M3||T4||Yes||Yes||Current||Advanced|
|Apple||iPhone Xs Max||BCG-E3219A||M3||T4||Yes||Yes||Current||Advanced|
|LG||AN220 Wine LTE||ZNFAN220||M3||T4||Yes||Yes||Current||Basic|
|Samsung||Galaxy Note 10||A3LSMN970U||M4||T3||Yes||Yes||Current||Advanced|
|Samsung||Galaxy Note 10+||A3LSMN975U||M4||T3||Yes||Yes||Current||Advanced|
|Samsung||Galaxy Note 20||A3LSMN981U||M3||T3||Yes||Yes||Current||Advanced|
|Samsung||Galaxy Note 20 Ultra||A3LSMN986U||M3||T3||Yes||Yes||Current||Advanced|
|Samsung||Galaxy S20 Ultra||A3LSMG988U||M4||T3||Yes||Yes||Current||Advanced|
Explanation of 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.
- Additional information is available at: https://www.accesswireless.org/resources-for-consumers/hearing-resources
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