Some people who use hearing aid devices may find it a challenge to use a wireless phone. Advocates in the wireless industry and consumer groups have been working for years to develop standards and solutions to reduce difficulties that the hard-of-hearing can face. In addition, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has set requirements for wireless carriers and wireless device manufacturers. There are now a large number of hearing-aid compatible (“HAC”) devices available.
The following table provides information about phones currently offered, or recently offered, by Republic Wireless. Republic Wireless is continuously updating its inventory of phones, so a phone listed below may be unavailable at the time you seek to find it for purchase. Phones unavailable for purchase will not be available for testing.
Last Updated: July 19, 2023
The following phones offered by Republic Wireless are hearing aid compatible:
|Phone||Model||FCC ID||M Rating||T Rating||Operating System/Functionality|
|Moto G Pure||XT2163-4||IHDT56ZX2||3||3||Android|
|Moto G Power||XT2165-5||IHDT56ZP5||3||3||Android|
|Moto g 5G||XT2213-3||IHDT56AA3||3||3||Android|
|Moto g stylus 5G 2021||XT2131-1||IHDT56ZL1||4||3||Android|
|Motorola Edge+ -2022||XT2201-3||IHDT56AB2||3||3||Android|
|Samsung Galaxy A02s||
|Samsung Galaxy A12||
|Samsung A23 5G||SM-A236U||A3LSMA236U||3||3||Android|
|Samsung Galaxy A32
|Samsung Galaxy A71
|Samsung Galaxy S21
|TCL Flip 5||4056W||2ACCJN048||4||4||KaiOS 3.0|
Republic Wireless does not offer any non-hearing aid-compatible models.
There are two different ratings to consider when picking a hearing aid-compatible device:
- M-Ratings: reduced hearing aid device interference
Some people with a hearing aid device experience a buzzing or whining noise when using a wireless phone. This noise can be caused when the electronics within the hearing aid device pick up and demodulate radio frequency (RF) and/or electromagnetic interference (EMI) emitted by the phone.
Phones with an M-Rating of M3 or M4 meet FCC requirements and are less likely to generate interference with hearing devices than phones that are not labeled. M4 is the better/higher of the two ratings.
In addition, hearing devices may be measured for immunity to interference caused by RF demodulation or EMI. Your hearing device manufacturer or hearing health professional can help you find immunity results for your hearing device. The more immune your hearing aid is to this type of interference, the less likely you will be to experience interference from mobile phones and other sources of RF/EMI such as computer monitors or fluorescent lighting.
- T-Ratings and compatibility with hearing aids with telecoils
A telecoil is a small device built into some hearing aids for use with the telephone as well as assistive listening devices. Not all hearing aids have telecoils. The T-Rating measures the device’s effectiveness with a telecoil.
Phones with a T-Rating of T3 or T4 meet FCC requirements and are more likely to work well for people who use hearing aids with telecoils. T4 is the better/higher of the two ratings.
For additional information regarding hearing aid compatibility:
Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative(GARI): Visit GARI for in-depth Accessibility information on each device Republic Wireless sells.