WASHINGTON, DC—Having trouble finding a cell phone that you—or your hearing aid patients–can use with hearing aids? If so, the Better Hearing Institute may be able to help you out.
As a service to hearing aid owners and hearing healthcare professionals, the Washington-based non-profit organization has created a permanent page (betterhearing.org/hearing_loss_treatment/cellphones.cfm) on its web site listing all compatible cell phones that have an M4/T4 rating, the highest rating given for hearing aid compatibility.
The BHI site includes hyperlinks to www.phonescoop.com, which enable consumers to further research the features of each cell phone as well as identify service providers for each cell phone model.
As of August 26, BHI reported that there were nearly 125 cell phones on the market with the M4/T4 hearing aid compatibility rating. Among these is Apple’s popular iPhone 4, pictured.
The institute encourages hearing healthcare providers to print out the M4/T4 cell phone page as a handout for their patients. While there is no guarantee that every one of these cell phones will work optimally with all hearing aid models, the list at least gives consumers a good starting point in shopping for a cell phone.