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Hearing Aid Compatible

Smart Phones
 Make  Model  Rating  Tier
   Apple    iPhone 4s    HAC Compatible    A*
   Blackberry    Bold 9650    M3    A*
   Casio    G'zOne Commando    M4 / T4    A*
   HTC    Droid Incredible 2    M4 / T4    A*
   LG    Enlighten    M4 / T4    A*
   LG    Vortex    M4    A*
   Motorola    Droid X    M4 / T3    A*
   Samsung    I100 Gem    M4    A*


Feature Rich Phones
 Make  Model  Rating  Tier
   LG    Cosmos    M3 / T4    B
   Samsung    Intensity II    M4    B


Basic Phones
 Make  Model  Rating  Tier
   Samsung    Convoy 2    M4 / T4    C
   Samsung    Convoy 3    M4 / T4    C
   LG    Revere    M4 / T4    C
   LG    Revere 2    M4 / T4    C


Past Phones
 Make  Model  Rating  Tier
   Apple    iPhone 4    M4 / T4    A*
   LG    Ally    M4 / T3    A*
   Motorola    Droid X    M4 / T3    A
   LG    Chocolate Touch    M4 / T4    B
   LG    EnV3    M4    B
   Samsung    Brightside    M4    B
   Motorola    Q9c    M3    B*
   Motorola    Rival    M3 / T3    B
   Samsung    Reality    M4 / T3    B
   Kyocera    Mako    M4 / T4    C
   Motorola    Barrage    M4 / T3    C
   Motorola    W385    M4 / T4    C
   Samsung    Haven    M4 / T4    C
   Samsung    Knack    M4 / T4    C


Explanation of HAC and Rating System
Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) for Wireless Devices Hearing aids do not always function well with wireless handsets. Hearing aids operate by using a microphone to pick up sound waves, converting the sound waves into electrical signals to be amplified. Distortion or amplification of unwanted sound (noise) often occurs. The FCC’s hearing aid compatibility requirements address hearing aids that operate in either of two modes – acoustic coupling ("M" rating) or inductive coupling ("T" rating). Hearing aids operating in acoustic coupling mode receive through a microphone and then amplify all sounds surrounding the user, including both desired sounds, such as a telephone’s audio signal, and unwanted ambient noise. Hearing aids operating in inductive coupling mode turn off the microphone to avoid amplifying unwanted ambient noise, instead using a telecoil to receive only audio signal-based magnetic fields generated by inductive coupling-capable telephones. The FCC’s "M" and "T" ratings are marked clearly on the handset packaging. The "M" or "T" rating does not guarantee that the handset will function without distortion or noise, so PTC Mobile recommends that you test the handset before purchasing. All handsets are available at the company’s retail outlets for testing. Agents can assist in testing and reviewing the features of each model.



Levels of Functionality
HAC-compliant phones are available at major price points which reflect levels of feature sophistication: lower priced phones (<$100) are most basic and denoted "C"; moderate-cost ($100-$250) have more advanced functionality and are denoted "B"; and high-end/feature-rich (>$250) generally are the most advanced, having wireless Internet capability and/or an operating system that supports advanced applications, denoted "A".

 
 


 

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