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Hearing Aid Compatibility

07/11/2014

Hearing Aid Compatibility

Hearing Aid Compatibility with Mobile Phones
When some mobile 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. For an explanation of the rating system, please scroll to the bottom of this page.  The following LG models have been rated for use with hearing aids.


Model Carrier Mode Marketing Name HAC Rating
LG-AS695 ACG CDMA Optimus Plus M4T3-2007
LG-E960 ACG GSM/WCDMA Nexus4 M3-2007
LG-AS870 ACG CDMA/LTE F7 M4T3-2007
LG-AS730PP ACG CDMA Optimus Select M4T4-2007
LG-AN160PP ACG CDMA Fluid M4-2007
LGD801 ACG GSM/WCDMA/LTE G2 M3T4-2011
LG-E980 AT&T GSM/WCDMA/LTE G Pro M3T3-2011
LG-D800 AT&T GSM/WCDMA/LTE G2 M3T3-2011
LG-D950 AT&T GSM/WCDMA/LTE G Flex M3T3-2011
LG-A380 AT&T GSM/WCDMA LGA380 M3T4-2011
LG-C410 AT&T GSM/WCDMA Xpression 2 M3T4-2011
LG-D850 AT&T GSM/WCDMA/LTE G3 M3T3-2011
LG-D321 AIO (Cricket) GSM/WCDMA/LTE L70 M3T3-2011
LG-MS770 MetroPCS CDMA/LTE LG Morion 4G M4T3-2007
LG-MS659 MetroPCS GSM/WCDMA/LTE LG Optimus F3 M3T3-2011
LG-MS870 MetroPCS CDMA/LTE LG Spirit 4G M4T3-2007
LG-MS500 MetroPCS GSM/WCDMA/LTE LG Optimus F6 M3T4-2011
LG-MS769 MetroPCS GSM/WCDMA LG Optimus L9 4G M4T3-2007
LG-MS323 MetroPCS GSM/WCDMA LG Optimus L70 M3T3-2011
LG-LS970 Sprint CDMA/LTE Optimus G M4-2007
LG-LS860 Sprint CDMA/LTE Mach M4T4-2007
LG870 Sprint CDMA/LTE Optimus F7 M4T4-2007
LG-LS720 Sprint CDMA/LTE Optimus F3 M4T3-2011
LG-VM720 Sprint CDMA/LTE Optimus F3 M4T3-2011
LG-D820 Sprint CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE Nexus5 M3-2011
LG-LS980 Sprint CDMA/LTE G2 M4T3-2011
LG730 Sprint CDMA Venice M4T4-2007
LG272 Sprint CDMA Rumor Reflex M4T4-2007
LG-LN272S Sprint CDMA Rumor Reflex S M4T4-2007
LG-LS995 Sprint CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE G-Flex M3T3-2011
LG-LS740 Sprint CDMA/LTE Volt M4T4-2011
LG-LS990 Sprint CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE LG G3 M4T3-2011
LG-P769BK TMUS GSM/WCDMA Optimus L9 M4T3-2007
LG-E960 TMUS GSM/WCDMA Nexus4 M3-2007
LG-P659BK TMUS GSM/WCDMA/LTE Optimus F3 M3T3-2011
LG-D500BK TMUS GSM/WCDMA/LTE Optimus F6 M3T4-2011
LG-D801BK TMUS GSM/WCDMA/LTE G2 M3T4-2011
LG-D820BK TMUS CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE Nexus5 M3-2011
LG-D959TS TMUS GSM/WCDMA/LTE G Flex M3T3-2011
LG-D520BK TMUS GSM/WCDMA/LTE Optimus F3Q M3T3-2011
LG-D415RD TMUS GSM/WCDMA Optimus L90 M3T3-2011
LG-D851 TMUS GSM/WCDMA LG G3 M3T3-2011
LG100C TracFone CDMA LG100C M4T4-2007
LG221C TracFone CDMA LG221C M4-2007
LG235C TracFone CDMA LG235C M4-2007
LG236C TracFone CDMA LG236C M4-2007
LG440G TracFone GSM/WCDMA LG440G M3T3-2007
LG501C TracFone CDMA LG501C M4T4-2007
LG530G TracFone GSM/WCDMA LG530G M3T3-2007
LG840G TracFone GSM/WCDMA LG840G M3T3-2007
LGL38C TracFone CDMA Optimus Dynamic M4-2007
LGL39C TracFone CDMA Optimus Dynamic II M4T4-2011
LGL40G TracFone GSM/WCDMA Optimus Extreme M3-2007
LGL86C TracFone CDMA Optimus Showtime M4T4-2007
LG305C TracFone CDMA LG305C M4-2011
LGL34C TracFone CDMA Optimus Fuel M4T4-2011
LG-US730PP USC CDMA Splendor M4T4-2007
LG-VS840PP Verizon CDMA/LTE LG Optimus Exceed M4T4-2007
LG-VS950 Verizon CDMA/LTE LG Intuition M3T3-2007
LG-VS930 Verizon CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE LG Spectrum 2 M3T3-2007
LG-VS870 Verizon CDMA/LTE LG Lucid 2 M4T3-2007
LG-VS890 Verizon CDMA/LTE Enact by LG M4T4-2011
LG-VS980
LG-VS980W
Verizon CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE LG G2 M3T4-2011
LG-VS410PP Verizon CDMA LG Optimus Zone M4-2007
LG-VS415PP Verizon CDMA LG Optimus Zone 2 M4T4-2011
LG-VS450PP Verizon CDMA LG Optimus Exceed 2 M4T3-2011
LG-VS876 Verizon CDMA/LTE LG Lucid 3 M4T4-2011
LG-VN150S Verizon CDMA LG Revere 2 M4T4-2007
LG-VN251S Verizon CDMA LG Cosmos 3 M4T4-2007
LG-VN360 Verizon CDMA LG Exalt M4T4-2011
LG-VN280 Verizon CDMA LG Extravert 2 M4T4-2011
LG-VS985 Verizon CDMA/GSM/WCDMA/LTE G3 M4T3-2011

 

Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) Ratings system
The wireless telephone industry has developed ratings for some of their mobile phones, to assist hearing device users in finding phones that may be compatible with their hearing devices. Not all phones have been rated. Phones that are rated will display the following text and/or icons on the product packaging:

 

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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.

                They are likely to generate less interference to hearing devices than unrated phones.

                M4 is the better/higher of the two ratings(M3 & M4).

T-Ratings: Phones rated T3 or T4 meet FCC requirements.

                They are likely to be more usable with hearing device’s telecoil than unrated phones.

                T4 is the better/higher of the two ratings(T3 & T4) *Note that not all hearing devices have telecoil in them.

In addition to rating wireless phones, the ANSI standard also provides a methodology for rating hearing aids from M1 to M4, with M1 being the least immune to RF interference and M4 the most immune. To determine whether a particular digital wireless telephone is likely to interfere with a particular hearing aid, the immunity rating of the hearing aid is added to the rating of the telephone. A sum of four indicates that the telephone is probably usable; a sum of five indicates that the telephone would probably provide normal use; and a sum of six or greater indicates that the telephone would probably provide excellent performance with that hearing aid. Note that not all hearing aids are rated.

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