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Accessibility Features

PCD is dedicated to meeting the needs of a diverse group of wireless users. We strive to develop innovative products that open the lines of mobile communications for everyone, including our customers with disabilities.

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PCD’s Commitment

PCD believes that all of our customers should be able to enjoy the benefits of digital wireless technologies. We are committed to providing a selection of compatible devices for our customers who wear hearing aids.

What is hearing aid compatibility?

The Federal Communications Commission has implemented rules and a rating system designed to enable people who wear hearing aids to more effectively use these wireless telecommunications devices. The standard for compatibility of digital wireless phones with hearing aids is set forth in American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standard C63.19. There are two sets of ANSI standards with ratings from one to four (four being the best rating):

M Ratings – An “M” rating is for reduced interference, making it easier to hear conversations on the phone when using the hearing aid microphone. Wireless devices rated M3 or M4 meet FCC requirements and are likely to generate less interference to hearing devices than wireless devices that are not labeled. M4 is the better/higher of the two ratings.

T Ratings – A “T” rating enables the phone to be used with hearing aids operating in the telecoil mode, thus reducing unwanted background noise. Wireless devices rated T3 or T4 meet FCC requirements and are likely to be more usable with a hearing device’s telecoil (“T Switch” or “Telephone Switch”) than unrated wireless devices. T4 is the better/higher of the two ratings. (Note that not all hearing devices have telecoils in them.)

How will I know which wireless phones are hearing aid compatible?

The Hearing Aid Compatibility rating is displayed on the wireless phone box. A phone is considered Hearing Aid Compatible for acoustic coupling (microphone mode) if it has an “M3” or “M4” rating. A digital wireless phone is considered Hearing Aid Compatible for inductive coupling (telecoil mode) if it has a “T3” or “T4” rating.

How will I know if my hearing aid will work with a particular digital wireless phone?

You’ll want to try a number of wireless phones so that you can decide which works the best with your hearing aids. You may also want to talk with your hearing aid professional about the extent to which your hearing aids are immune to interference, if they have wireless phone shielding and whether your hearing aid has an HAC rating.

For more information about hearing aids and digital wireless phones:

Device HAC Ratings

Phone M Rating T Rating
Alcatel 510A 3 3
Alcatel 871A M3 T3
Alcatel One Touch Shockwave 4 3
Arc M4  
Authority™ 4 3
Casio Exilim™ M4 T4
Casio G'zOne Brigade™ M4 T4
CASIO G'zOne Commando™ M3 T3
Casio G'zOne Ravine™ M4 T4
Casio G'zOne Rock™ M4 T4
CDM2030 M3 T3
CDM8635 M4 T4
CDM8950 M4 T4
CDM8975PTT M4  
Chaser™ 3 3
Coupe™ M4 T4
Droid Incredible 4G LTE by HTC M4 T4
Droid Incredible™ 2 by HTC M4 T4
Escapade® M3  
Express M4 T4
HTC 7 PRO™ M3 T3
HTC Acquire™ M4 T4
HTC Desire C 4 4
HTC Desire™ M4 T3
HTC Detail™ M4 T3
HTC Hero S M4 T4
HTC Hero™ M3 T3
HTC Imagio™ M3 T4
HTC Merge™ M4 T4
HTC One V 4 4
HTC Ozone™ M3 T3
HTC Panache™ M3  
HTC Rezound™ M4 T4
HTC Rhyme™ M4 T4
HTC Snap™ M3 T3
HTC Thunderbolt™ M4 T3
HTC Touch Pro™ M3  
HTC Touch™ Diamond M4  
HTC Touch™ Pro2 M4 T3
HTC Trophy™ M4 T4
HTC Wildfire S™ M4 T4
HTC Wildfire™ M4 T4
Huawei Ascend II™ M4 T3
One Touch Premiere T3 M3
Pantech Breakout™ M4 T4
Pantech Caper™ M4  
Pantech Crux™ M4  
Pantech Hotshot™ M4 T4
Pantech Jest™ M4 T3
Pantech Jest™ 2 M3 T3
Pantech Marauder™ M4 T3
Pantech Perception™ 4 3
Pantech Verse™ M4 T3
PV300G M3  
Sharp FX™ M3 T3
Sharp FX™ PLUS M3 T3
Sidekick® 2008 M3  
Sidekick® LX M3  
Sparq M3  
T-Mobile 665 M4  
TXT8010 M3  
TXT8026 M4  
TXT8030 M4 T4
Venture™ 3 3
Wrangler™ M3 T3
ZTE Render M4 T3

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