Updated on 3 July 2016 by

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and its flashier cousin the S7 edge come with the HAC rating of M4/T3 and are the ReviewGist pick for the best cellphone for the hearing impaired. The S7's are the Samsung flagship models and come with industry leading specifications, have been acclaimed by over 18 expert reviewers including TechRadar.com, TrustedReviews.com and PCAdvisor and sport one of the highest HAC ratings to provide the least interferance with hearing aid devices.

Choosing the best smartphone for the Hearing Impaired

Most of the cellphones operate in frequencies which interfere with hearing-aid devices. Consequently, FCC has defined a Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) standard for cellphones, which helps in figuring out the best cellphones for least interference with hearing aids.

The HAC standard defines two radio-frequency emission rating: The "M" rating and the "T" rating. The "M" rating corresponds to interference with the hearing aid in the microphone mode, and the "T" rating corresponds to interference with the hearing aid in t-coil (telecoil) mode.

Both M and T values range from 1 to 4, with 1 being the highest emission/interference and 4 being the least emission/interference. Consequently, the phones with the highest M and T values (M4/T4) provide the least interference with hearing aids. Hearing aid devices operating in the microphone mode will have least interference with cellphones labelled M4 and those operating in the telecoil mode with have the least interference with cellphones labelled as T4. For the absolute best cellphones for the hearing impaired, you might want to go with those labelled M4/T4, however some of the top smartphones in the market right now only support M3/T4 or M4/T3.

However, just looking at our recommendations might not be good enough to choose the right cellphone. The HAC guideline is only indicative of interference and the actual call quality with a specific cellphone might not only depend on the specific interference of your hearing aid with the cellphone but also on the individual hearing loss condition. Consequently, it is advised that you go to a store and test out the cellphone with your hearing aid before choosing the best one.

This ReviewGist picks for the best cellphones for 2016 for the hearing impaired below takes into account the M and T ratings and we list only cellphones which have ratings from either of M3, M4, M3/T3, M3/T4, M4/T3 or M4/T4.


Top Cellphones for the Hearing Impaired


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Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Huawei Nexus 6P
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Huawei Nexus 6P
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Release Date
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Hearing Aid Compatibility Rating
M4, T3
M4, T3
M3, T3
M3, T4
M3, T4
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.0 MP
12.3 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
2.0 GB
3.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.1 inch
5.5 inch
5.3 inch
5.5 inch
5.7 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz octa-core, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, 2.15GHz  quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57
Battery Capacity
3000.0 mAh
3600.0 mAh
2800.0 mAh
2750.0 mAh
3450.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0, Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0.1
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Carrier
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
Average Rating
 4.7 stars
 4.6 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.5 stars
 4.5 stars
Look and Feel
54% Positive
46% Negative
78% Positive
22% Negative
30% Positive
70% Negative
41% Positive
59% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
Camera
94% Positive
6% Negative
100% Positive
93% Positive
7% Negative
93% Positive
7% Negative
61% Positive
39% Negative
Display
81% Positive
19% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
92% Positive
8% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
Waterproof
100% Positive
100% Positive
Storage
57% Positive
43% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
100% Positive