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Mobile Phones Compatible with Hearing Aids

Many phones these days are compatible with hearing aids, but not all. Knowing which phones are most suitable for your hearing aid is a good idea before purchasing.

Microphone compatibility

The way a hearing aid works is that it uses a microphone to capture sound waves, and then converts them into electrical signals. The signals are then amplified and then converted back to audible sounds to the user. These microphones don’t always work well with things like headsets and telephone handsets.

To make sure that these devices are capable of working with hearing aids, a hearing aid compatibility standard was set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

For handsets that use a microphone, receiving a rating of M3 means it has met the ANSI standards, while M4 means they have surpassed it. The higher rating a handset has the higher signal quality it will have along with a lower Radio Frequency emission.

When purchasing a phone you can usually see what rating is has received so you’ll know if it’ll work with your hearing aid.

Telecoil compatibility

Some hearing aids, like the MDHearingAid AIR, are equipped with telecoil technology which links up to your cell phone’s audio. These hearing aids don’t rely on the microphone alone to receive sound from devices. If your hearing aid has a telecoil installed, you’ll want to look for the telecoil standard. A rating of T3 means that phone has met the standard while T4 means it has surpassed it, just like the microphone ratings.

Many stores will also let you test out a phone to be sure that it works with your hearing aid, so consider stopping in to your local store and speaking with a representative there. Also make sure that your hearing aid is M3 or M4 compatible to make sure that it works. We hope this helps!

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