iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s and 4 models comply with the FCC’s hearing aid compatibility standards. However, to maximize the clarity of your particular model of iPhone, you may need to activate the “Hearing Aid Mode."
What does hearing aid mode do on an iPhone?
Hearing aid mode maximizes the clarity of an iPhone in the absence of a remote or streamer. On an iPhone 4, hearing aid mode works by improving the sound quality when the iPhone is held up to the hearing aid.
Hearing aid mode for the iPhone 5s, 5c, and 5 was designed for hearing aids that have a telecoil. It alters the acoustic settings of the iPhone to promote the clarity of the audio.
Setting Your iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, and 4 to Hearing Aid Mode
To activate the hearing aid mode on an iPhone, go to Settings > General > Accessibility and choose "Hearing Aid" in the "Hearing" section.
For more information on iPhones and hearing aid compatibility, visit Apple’s hearing aid compatibility page.
"Made for iPhone" Hearing Aids
Apple has been working with GN ReSound, Oticon, and Starkey hearing aid manufacturers to create "made for iPhone" hearing aids. Hearing aids with the "made for iPhone" label will wirelessly connect to iPhones, iPads®, and iPod® Touch devices without the use of a streamer or intermediary device.
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