Best Cell Phones for Hearing Aids
If you wear your hearing aids while talking on the phone, you may at times experience a buzzing, humming, or whining noise. As you may know, cell phones give off various kinds of radio frequency and electromagnetic radiation. As a result, when you hold a phone up to your hearing aid, you will often hear these annoying noises. These interfering noises can sometimes make it nearly impossible to hear others on the phone. To reduce this annoying problem and hear clearly on the phone, you’ll want to pay attention to a few bits of information when you buy your next cell phone.
What to look for in your next cell phone
The FCC sets standards for cell phones to help you choose the right one. Next time you are shopping for a cell phone, check out the placard or list of features next to the phone. On it, you will see a either an “M” rating, or a “T” rating. For the vast majority of people that wear hearing aids, the “M” rating is the rating you want to pay attention to. If your hearing aid has a telecoil and you use it for phone calls, you’ll also be interested in the “T” rating. Understanding M and T ratings is simple. The higher the rating, the more likely you will not have interference and will have a clearer connection. You want to look for hearing aids with a rating of at least M3/T3, and ideally, M4/T4. Wondering what the rating is on a particular phone? Check out this guide that lists all the major cell phones on the market today.
Best cell phones with an M4/T4 rating
We cross-checked that list provided by Sprint (above), with a list of the best smart phones, and it turns out that there are only two phones on the “best of” list which also have a hearing aid rating of M4/T4. Those phones are the HTC One M8, and the Moto X.
Things to keep in mind
Before you go out and buy your next cell phone based on the information above, you should also consider what your hearing aids are capable of. If you currently wear hearing aids and are having difficulty hearing on the phone, you have a few options to consider before buying a new cell phone. For example, is your hearing aid compatible with accessories that will help you hear on the phone better, like Bluetooth streamers? In addition, can your hearing provider add special settings on your hearing aids specifically to increase the clarity of phone calls? Is there simply a better way to hold the phone during conversations which will greatly improve the clarity? If you’re going to buy a new cell phone just to improve the clarity of calls, it’s worth discussing all of the above with your hearing provider before you buy a new phone- sometimes issues like these can be quickly resolved.
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