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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 (2016)

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

Apple iPhone 11

BCG-E3309A

M3/T4

Yes

Smartphone

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

BCG-E3305A

M3/T4

Yes

Smartphone

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

BCG-E3306A

M3/T4

Yes

Smartphone

Apple iPhone SE

BCG-E3500A 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

A3LSMG920V

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

A3LSMG955U

M4/T3

Yes

Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S9+

A3LSMG965U

M4/T4

Yes

Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S10e

A3LSMG965U

M4/T3

Yes

Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S10

A3LSMG973U

M4/T3

Yes

Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S10+

A3LSMG975U

M4/T3

Yes

Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S20

A3LSMG981U M3/T3 Yes Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S20+

A3LSMG986U M3/T3 Yes Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

A3LSMG988U M3/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 Note 9

A3LSMN960U

M4/T3

Yes

Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

A3LSMN97OU

M4/T3

Yes

Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

A3LEJPN970

M4/T3

Yes

Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy A10e

A3LSMA102U

M4/T3

Yes

Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy A51

A3LSMA515U
M3/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 G8 ThinQ™ Dual Screen

ZNFG850UM

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

ZNFQ720QM

M3/T3

Yes

Smartphone

LG Stylo5

ZNFQ720QM

M4/T3

Yes

Smartphone

LG170 Fluid 2

ZNFVN170

M4/T4

No

Basic

LG Wine 2 LTE

ZNFL125DL M3/T3 Yes Basic

Other

Model

FCC ID #

HAC Rating 

Wifi

Tier

Moto e6

IHDT56YA1

M3/T3

Yes

Smartphone

Moto G7 Power

IHDT56XQ1

M4/T3

Yes

Smartphone

Moto G6 Play

IHDT56XB1

M3/T3

Yes

Smartphone

Moto X1098 ("Moto X" -2nd gen)

IHDT56WB1

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/.