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Hearing Aid Compatible Models offered for sale

These handsets have been tested and rated for use with hearing aids for some of the wireless technologies that they use. 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 service provider, SEI Communications, or the manufacturer of the handset for information on hearing aid compatibility. If you have questions about return or exchange policies, consult SEI Communications.

  • 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 indicate whether a handset can be expected to function well with a hearing aid and are generally marked clearly on the handset packaging. The "M" or "T" rating does not guarantee that the handset will function without distortion or noise, so SEI Communications recommends that you test the handset before purchasing.

  • Levels of Functionality

  • SEI Communications offers HAC-compatible handsets and devices in all major price categories, including low-cost ("Low" level) (<$100), moderate-cost ("Moderate" level) ($100-$250), and high-end/feature-rich ("High" level) (>$250). Costs generally correlate with the number of features, but, if through experience, SEI Communications finds that a certain handset contains features that work well with hearing aids, such as volume control, it will be labeled accordingly with an "A" level for functionality. SEI Communications' sales staff is trained to assist all existing and prospective customers looking for a HAC-compliant device/handset. HAC-compatible handsets and devices vary in their inherent "levels of functionality", but typically at least one (1) HAC-compliant handset/device with features and services typical of its price category can be found that meets each customer's price range.

  • Models Offered for Sale

  •   Phone (Model)  HAC Rating  Functionality
    Apple iPhone 5sT4HIGH
    Apple iPhone 6T4HIGH
    Apple iPhone 6+T4HIGH
    Apple iPhone 6 PlusT4HIGH
    Apple iPhone 7T4HIGH
    Apple iPhone 7 PlusT4HIGH
    Apple iPhone 8T4HIGH
    Apple iPhone 8 PlusT4HIGH
    Apple iPhone SET4HIGH
    Apple iPhone 6T4HIGH
    Google Pixel XL / 2PW2100T4HIGH
    Google Pixel/2PW4100T4HIGH
    LG G4/LG VS986T3HIGH
    LG G5 / LG VS987T3HIGH
    Motorola Droid Turbo 2/XT1585T4HIGH
    Motorola Droid Turbo XT1254T3HIGH
    Samsung Galaxy Note 8T3HIGH
    Samsung Galaxy S6T3HIGH
    Samsung Galaxy S7 / SMG930VT3HIGH
    Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeT3HIGH
    Samsung Galaxy S8T3HIGH
    Samsung Galaxy S8 PlusT3HIGH

    *Available devices can change frequently. Additional devices are available to order. Please call our office at 1-888-200-8077 Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for additional details.

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