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Hearing Aid Compatibility

On July 10, 2003, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Report and Order in WT Docket 01-309 modified the exception of wireless phones under the Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988 (HAC Act) to require digital wireless phones be compatible with hearing-aids. The intent of the HAC Act is to ensure reasonable access to telecommunications services for persons with hearing disabilities.

While some wireless phones are used near some hearing devices (hearing aids and cochlear implants), users may detect a buzzing, humming, or whining noise. Some hearing devices are more immune than others to this interference noise, and phones also vary in the amount of interference they generate.

The wireless telephone industry has developed a rating system for wireless phones, to assist hearing device users find phones that may be compatible with their hearing devices. Not all phones have been rated. Phones that are rated have the rating on their box or a label located on the box.

The ratings are not guarantees. Results will vary depending on the user’s hearing device and hearing loss. If your hearing device happens to be vulnerable to interference, you may not be able to use a rated phone successfully. Trying out the phone with your hearing device is the best way to evaluate it for your personal needs.

• M-Ratings: Phones rated M3 or M4 meet FCC requirements and are likely to generate less interference to hearing devices than phones that are not labeled. M4 is the better/higher of the two ratings.

• T-Ratings: Phones rated T3 or T4 meet FCC requirements and are likely to generate less interference to hearing devices than phones that are not labeled. T4 is the better/higher of the two ratings.

Hearing devices may also be rated. Your hearing device manufacturer or hearing health professional may help you find this rating. Higher ratings mean that the hearing device is relatively immune to interference noise. The hearing aid and wireless phone rating values are then added together. A sum of 5 is considered acceptable for normal use. A sum of 6 is considered for best use.


In the above example, if a hearing aid meets the M2 level rating and the wireless phone meets the M3 level rating, the sum of the two values equal M5. This is synonymous for T ratings. This should provide the hearing aid user with “normal usage” while using their hearing aid with the particular wireless phone. “Normal usage” in this context is defined as a signal quality that is acceptable for normal operation.

The M mark is intended to be synonymous with the U mark. The T mark is intended to be synonymous with the UT mark. The M and T marks are recommended by the Alliance for Telecommunications Industries Solutions (ATIS). The U and UT marks are referenced in Section 20.19 of the FCC Rules. The HAC rating and measurement procedure are described in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) C63.19 standard.

To ensure that the Hearing Aid Compatibility rating for your phone is maintained, secondary transmitters such as Bluetooth and WLAN components must be disabled during a call.

 

Models FCC ID Air Interface(s) Band HAC Rating (M/T)
P2050(Breeze IV) JYCP2050 GSM & WCDMA GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 M4, T4
P9090(Discover) JYCP9090 GSM & WCDMA LTE GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 LTE 700, 1700 M3, T4
ADR930L(Perception) JYCPREMIAV CDMA & LTE CDMA 800, 1900 LTE 750 M4, T3
P8010(Flex) JYCP8010 GSM & WCDMA LTE GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 LTE 700, 1700 M3, T3
ADR910L(Marauder) JYCSTARQ CDMA & LTE CDMA 800, 1900 LTE 750 M4, T3
P6030(Renue) JYCP6030 GSM & WCDMA GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 M3, T4
P6020(Swift) JYCP6020 GSM & WCDMA GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 M3, T3
P9070(Burst) JYCP9070 GSM & WCDMA LTE GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 LTE 700, 1700 M3, T4
P8000(Crossover) JYCP8000 GSM & WCDMA GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 M3, T4
P2020(Ease) JYCP2020 GSM & WCDMA GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 M3, T4
P9020(Pursuit) JYCP9020 GSM & WCDMA GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 M3, T3
P2000(Breeze II) JYCP2000 GSM & WCDMA GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 M3, T4
P7040(Link) JYCP7040 GSM & WCDMA GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 M3, T3
P7000(Impact) JYCP7000 GSM & WCDMA GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 M3, T3
C790(Reveal) JYCC790 GSM & WCDMA GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 M3, T3
C520(Breeze) JYCC520 GSM GSM 850, 1900 M3, T3
C530(Slate) JYCC530 GSM GSM 850, 1900 M3, T3
TXT8035 (Caper) JYCTOW CDMA CDMA 800, 1900 M4
CDM8999(Crux) JYCJ-TOUCH CDMA CDMA 800,1900 M4
C610 JYCC610 GSM & WCDMA GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 M3, T3
TXT8040(Jest) JYCSHOW CDMA CDMA 800, 1900 M4, T3
CDM8635 PP4COACH CDMA CDMA 800, 1900 M4, T4
WP8990VW PP4ZEPHYR CDMA, GSM CDMA 800, 1900
GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
M3
TXT8030VW PP4PIVOT CDMA CDMA 800, 1900 M4, T4
CDM8975PTT PP4RAP CDMA CDMA 800, 1900 M4
CDM8950VW PP4ECHO CDMA CDMA 800, 1900 M4, T4
TXT8026C/TXT8026PK PP4ELVISPLUS CDMA CDMA 800, 1700, 1900 M4
TXT8010VW/TXT8010OM PP4ELVIS CDMA CDMA 800, 1900 M3
CDM8074VM PP4X1 CDMA CDMA 1900 M4
CDM8964VM PP4IM CDMA CDMA 1900 M3
CDM8964OM PP4IMD CDMA CDMA 800, 1900 M3
Ocean PP4PN-810 CDMA CDMA 800, 1900 M4, T4
Ocean2 PP4OZ2 CDMA CDMA 800, 1900 M4, T4
CDM8955E PP4PN-E330 CDMA CDMA 800, 1900 M4
CDM8960CE PP4OVAL CDMA CDMA 800, 1900 M4
CDM8630VW/CDM8630AL PP4EZ2 CDMA CDMA 800, 1900 M4, T4
CDM8935PK /CDM8935OM
/CDM8935 /CDM8935C
/CDM8935CE /CDM8935CS
PP4L1 CDMA CDMA 800, 1900 M4
P6010(Pursuit II) JYCP6010 GSM & WCDMA GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 M3, T3
P2030(Breeze III) JYCP2030 GSM & WCDMA GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 M4, T4
CDM8992(Hotshot) JYCBLADE CDMA CDMA 800, 1900 M4, T4
P5000(Link II) JYCP5000 GSM & WCDMA GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 M3, T3
TXT8045(Jest 2) JYCBUDDY CDMA, GSM CDMA 800, 1900
GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
M3, T3
ADR8995(Breakout) JYCAPACHE CDMA & LTE CDMA 800, 1900
LTE 700
M4, T4
P9060(Pocket) JYCP9060 GSM & WCDMA GSM & WCDMA 850, 1900 M4, T3