Hearing Aids & Cell Phones

Hearing Aids & Cell Phones

Hearing Aids & Cell Phones


Do you live in the Fair Lawn, Paramus or Hackensack communities in northern New Jersey? Are you in the market for a hearing aid compatible (HAC) cell phone, but aren’t sure what the Federal Communications Committee’s (FCC) new rules are or what they mean for you?

We want to help!

At Ahrens Hearing Center, in Fair Lawn, we’ve been providing personalized, extensive, trustworthy hearing healthcare for patients in our community since 1968.

The FCC has implemented regulations and a ratings system for hearing aid compatible wireless phones to allow everyone to benefit from the constant-evolving technological advances in the hearing aid and cell phone industries.
Hearing aids operate in two modes:

  • Acoustic coupling (also call microphone mode) – receive and amplify all sounds, including unwanted ambient noise.
  • Telecoil (inductive) coupling – receive signals from magnetic fields generated by telecoil-compatible phones, thus eliminating ambient noise.

The phones also receive a number, ranging one to four, four being the most compatible. To be considered hearing aid compatible, phones must have a rating of M3 or M4 for acoustic (microphone) coupling, or T3 or T4 for telecoil (inductive) coupling. 

Because having a high HAC rating doesn’t guarantee that all hearing aids will work well with all cell phones and hearing aid capabilities and features may vary, possibly affecting how devices work together, we recommend you:

  • Visit a full-service carrier store, so you have many cellular phone options available.
  • Test your hearing aid with the desired cell phone before purchase.
  • Be mindful of your service company’s return termination and return policies.

At Ahrens, we want to remain your trusted partner for hearing healthcare in Fair Lawn, Paramus and Hackensack New Jersey areas. If you have more questions or require further assistance in choosing a hearing aid compatible cell phone, schedule an appointment.

Do you live in the Fair Lawn, Paramus or Hackensack communities in northern New Jersey? Are you in the market for a hearing aid compatible (HAC) cell phone, but aren’t sure what the Federal Communications Committee’s (FCC) new rules are or what they mean for you?

We want to help!

At Ahrens Hearing Center, in Fair Lawn, we’ve been providing personalized, extensive, trustworthy hearing healthcare for patients in our community since 1968.

The FCC has implemented regulations and a ratings system for hearing aid compatible wireless phones to allow everyone to benefit from the constant-evolving technological advances in the hearing aid and cell phone industries.
Hearing aids operate in two modes:

  • Acoustic coupling (also call microphone mode) – receive and amplify all sounds, including unwanted ambient noise.
  • Telecoil (inductive) coupling – receive signals from magnetic fields generated by telecoil-compatible phones, thus eliminating ambient noise.

The phones also receive a number, ranging one to four, four being the most compatible. To be considered hearing aid compatible, phones must have a rating of M3 or M4 for acoustic (microphone) coupling, or T3 or T4 for telecoil (inductive) coupling. 

Because having a high HAC rating doesn’t guarantee that all hearing aids will work well with all cell phones and hearing aid capabilities and features may vary, possibly affecting how devices work together, we recommend you:

  • Visit a full-service carrier store, so you have many cellular phone options available.
  • Test your hearing aid with the desired cell phone before purchase.
  • Be mindful of your service company’s return termination and return policies.

At Ahrens, we want to remain your trusted partner for hearing healthcare in Fair Lawn, Paramus and Hackensack New Jersey areas. If you have more questions or require further assistance in choosing a hearing aid compatible cell phone, schedule an appointment.