Chariton Valley 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.
Explanation of methodology for determining levels of functionality (e.g. operating capabilities, features, prices) for compliant handsets:
Chariton Valley Wireless 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 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.
Feature Phones offer basic wireless telephone features, may or 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.
A listing of Chariton Valley Wireless handset HAC by current and recently offered models can be found in the table below.
|Model||FCC ID Number||HAC||MHZ Frequency||Air Interface||WiFi||Tier||Sale Date|
|Apple iPhone 6*||BCG-E2816A||M3/T4||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||9/26/2014|
|Kyocera DuraScout*||V65E6782||M4/T3||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||2/4/2015|
|Apple iPhone 6s*||BCG-E2946A||M3/T4||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||9/25/2015|
|Apple iPhone 6s Plus*||BCG-E2944A||M3/T4||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||9/25/2015|
|LG Fluid II*||ZNFVN170||M4/T4||850/1900||CDMA||NO||Feature Phone||11/4/2015|
|Samsung Galaxy Core Prime*||A3LSMG360V||M3/T4||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||12/23/2015|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 5||A3LSMN920V||M4/T3||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||12/23/2015|
|Samsung Galaxy S7*||A3LSMG930US||M4/T3||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||04/27/2016|
|Apple iPhone SE*||BCG-E2945A||M3/T4||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||5/4/2016|
|Apple iPhone 7*||BCG-E3085A||M3/T4||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||9/23/2016|
|Apple iPhone 7 Plus*||BCG-E3087A||M3/T4||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||9/23/2016|
|LG V20*||ZNFVS995||M4/T3||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||12/8/2016|
|Samsung S8*||A3LSMG950U||M4/T3||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||5/8/2017|
|Samsung S8+*||A3LSMG955U||M3/T3||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||5/8/2017|
|LG G6*||ZNFVS988||M4/T3||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||5/17/2017|
|Sonim XP7||WYPL22V012AA||M4/T4||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||7/5/2017|
|Samsung Galaxy J3||A3LSMJ327V||M3/T3||850/1900/700||CDMA/LTE||YES||Smart Phone||7/26/2017|
*This phone has 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 Chariton Valley Wireless or the manufacturer of this phone for information on hearing aid compatibility. If you have questions about return or exchange policies, consult Chariton Valley Wireless.