Hearing Aid Compatibility

Bluegrass Cellular 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 Rating

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 Rating

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.

The above information was taken from the CTIA's website.  For more information and for downloadable brochures, please visit this site.

Explanation of methodology for determining levels of functionality (e.g. operating capabilities, features, prices) for compliant handsets:

Bluegrass 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 of price.

Bluegrass Cellular offers two types of mobile devices called "smartphone" or "basic phone".

Smartphone Tier

The smartphones are a class of phones that have greater internet and web browsing over a mobile data network. Smartphones provide multimedia functionality such as music, games, cameras, and video in addition to talk and text. Smartphones have highly advanced hardware capabilities and extensive mobile operating systems.

Basic Tier

Basic phones offer minimal wireless telephone features. These lower priced devices may have basic multimedia capabilities and lack advanced hardware or software. Some may not have a camera, Bluetooth or Internet access capability and generally lack such features as MP3 players and expandable memory. These types of phones usually feature utilitarian designs suitable for customers using voice/text only.

A listing of Bluegrass Cellular's HAC handsets by current and recently offered models can be found in the table below.

 

Apple

 

Model FCC ID # HAC Rating Wifi Tier
Apple iPhone 5s BCG-E2642A M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Apple iPhone 6 BCG-E2816A M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Apple iPhone 6 Plus BCG-E2817A M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Apple iPhone 6s BCG-E2946A M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Apple iPhone 6s Plus BCG-E2944A M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Apple iPhone 7 BCG-E3085A M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Apple iPhone 7 Plus BCG-E3087A M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Apple iPhone SE BCG-E2945A M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Apple iPhone 8 BCG-E3159A M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Apple iPhone 8 Plus BCG-E3160A M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Apple iPhone X BCG-E3161A M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Apple iPhone Xs BCG-E3218A M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Apple iPhone Xs Max BCG-E3219A M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Apple iPhone Xr BCG-E3220A M3/T4 Yes Smartphone

 

Samsung

 

Model FCC ID # HAC Rating Wifi Tier
Samsung Galaxy S3 A3LSCHi535 M4 Yes Smartphone
Samsung R480 Freeform 5 A3LSCHR480C M4/T3 No Basic
Samsung Galaxy S6 A3LSMG920V M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S7 A3LSMG930US M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge A3LSMG935US M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S8 A3LSMG950U M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S8+ A3LSMG955U M3/T3 Yes Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S9 A3LSMG960U M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S9+ A3LSMG965U M4/T4 Yes Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S10e A3LSMG970U M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S10 A3LSMG973U M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S10+ A3LSMG975U M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy J3 A3LSMJ327V M3/T3 Yes Smartphone
Samsung Core Prime A3LSMG360V M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 A3LSMN920V M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 A3LSMN950U M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Note9 A3LSMN960U M4/T3 Yes Smartphone

 

LG

 

Model FCC ID # HAC Rating Wifi Tier
LG G4 ZNFVS986 M3/T3 Yes Smartphone
LG G5 ZNFVS987 M3/T3 Yes Smartphone
LG G6 ZNFVS988 M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
LG G7 ThinQ ZNFG710VM M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
LG G7 fit™ ZNFQ850QM M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
LG G8 ThinQ™ ZNFG820UM M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
LG K8 ZNFVS500 M3/T3 Yes Smartphone
LG K20 ZNFVS501 M3/T3 Yes Smartphone
LG K30 ZNFX410UM M3/T3 Yes Smartphone
LG V10 ZNFVS990 M4/T4 Yes Smartphone
LG V20 ZNFVS995 M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
LG V30 ZNFV30A M3/T3 Yes Smartphone
LG Stylo4 ZNFQ710US M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
LG170 Fluid 2 ZNFVN170 M4/T4 No Basic

 

Other

 

Model FCC ID # HAC Rating Wifi Tier
Moto G7 Power IHDT56XQ1 M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
Moto G6 Play IHDT56XB1 M3/T3 Yes Smartphone
Moto X1098 ("Moto X" -2nd gen) IHDT56QA2 M4/T4 Yes Smartphone
Moto Z2 Force IHDT56WB1 M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Moto Z2 Play IHDT56WA1 M3/T4 Yes Smartphone
Moto XT1564 Play IHDT56UB1 M3/T3 Yes Smartphone
Sonim XP7 WYPL23V013AA M4/T4 Yes Smartphone
Sonim XP5 WYPL22V012AA M3/T4 Yes Basic
Sonim XP3405 Shield WYPC21F007AA M4/T3 No Basic
Kyocera DuraXA V65E4520 M4/T4 No Basic
Kyocera DuraScout V65E6782 M4/T3 Yes Smartphone
Unimax 670 Bravo U46-001 M3/T3 Yes Basic
Cat® S48c ZL5S48C M3/T3 Yes Smartphone

* 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 these phones that have not been tested yet for use with hearing aids. It is important to try the different features of these phones 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 these phones for information on hearing aid compatibility. If you have questions about return or exchange policies, consult your service provider or phone retailer.

 

For more information about hearing aid compatibility go to https://www.fcc.gov/hearing-aid-compatibility-wireless-telephones.

 

For a more extensive list of HAC devices go to Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative https://gari.info/.

Updated 3.14.19