EIT product: Cell Phones Compatible with Hearing Aids
Cell phones are used for voice communication by persons with and without
disabilities. Only a few cell phones meet Section 508 and Section 255
Acquisition: (GSA schedule vendors, special contracts, off the shelf);
Be Aware Of
The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has mandated that cell phones
be rated as to how much interference they are likely to cause to hearing aids.
The FCC defines Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) for cell phones in terms of
radio-frequency (RF) emissions—the “M” (microphone) rating, and telecoil
coupling—the “T” (t-coil) rating. The rating scale ranges from 1 to 4. The four
possibilities are: M1 or T1 (poor), M2 or T2 (fair), M3 or T3 (good) and M4 or T4
Hearing Aid Compatibility
Sprint Nextel provides a number of wireless phones that have been measured
and rated for use with hearing aid devices. These ratings have been developed
to assist hearing aid device users in finding phones that may be compatible with
their particular hearing aid devices.
Verizon provides its solution through the Verizon Center for Customers with
Information 1 800 974-6006 (Voice/TTY)
T-Mobile offers the following hearing-aid compatible cell phones. All of these
handsets are rated at M3 or better.
Motorola RAZR V306
RIM 8320 Curve
ATT offers the following hearing-aid compatible cell phones.