Pixel phones have been evaluated and certified to be compatible with hearing aids, per technical specification ANSI C63.19-2011.
What the HAC ratings mean
There are two measures of hearing aid compatibility:
- M rating, which is a measure of immunity to radio frequency interference for acoustic coupling hearing aids
- T rating, which is a measure of performance when used with an inductive coupling (telecoil) hearing aid
Google’s devices meet the hearing aid compatibility (HAC) requirements set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Per FCC rules, a mobile phone is considered hearing aid compatible if rated M3 or M4 for acoustic coupling or T3 or T4 for inductive coupling.
Pixel phones have been tested and rated for use with hearing aids for some of the wireless technologies that they use. It's important to try the different features of your phone thoroughly and in different locations, using your hearing aid or cochlear implant, to determine if you hear any interfering noise. Consult your service provider or Google for information on HAC.
Pixel phone compatibility and ratings
Certain Pixel phones can stream audio, like media and calls, directly to hearing aids over Android Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA). These ASHA hearing aids connect to Pixel so you can stream audio and answer phone calls.
To use these functions, both the Pixel phone and the hearing aid need to support ASHA. To make sure that your hearing aid supports audio streaming over Bluetooth, check with your audiologist or hearing aid manufacturer.
|Phone model||ASHA hearing aid compatibility||Hearing aid compatibility (HAC) rating|
|Pixel 7 Pro||Yes||M3, T4|
|Pixel 7||Yes||M3, T4|
|Pixel 6a||Yes||M3, T4|
|Pixel 6 Pro||Yes||M3, T4|
|Pixel 6||Yes||M3, T3|
|Pixel 5a (5G)||Yes||M3, T4|
|Pixel 5||Yes||M4, T3|
|Pixel 4a (5G)||Yes||M3, T4|
|Pixel 4a||Yes||M3, T4|
|Pixel 4||Yes||M3, T4|
|Pixel 4 XL||Yes||M3, T4|
|Pixel 3a||Yes||M3, T3|
|Pixel 3a XL||Yes||M3, T3|
|Pixel 3||Yes||M3, T3|
|Pixel 3 XL||Yes||M3, T3|
|Pixel 2 XL||No||N/A|
|Pixel 1 XL||No||N/A|
Non-ASHA hearing aids
There are hearing aids that aren't ASHA compatible but offer streaming to Pixel phones through other devices. For support, check with your audiologist or hearing aid manufacturer.