Skip navigation

HT4526: iPhone: Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC)

Learn about iPhone: Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC)

HT4526 iOS 6 hearing aids

7355 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Nov 14, 2012 7:56 AM by copper99 RSS
atoma96 Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Sep 19, 2012 4:57 PM

How do you set up your hearing aids with iOS 6. I have the Phonak nadia s CRTv hearing aids.

iPhone 4S, iOS 6
  • rwheaton2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Sep 20, 2012 6:54 AM (in response to atoma96)

    I use my iCom with my Phonak aids. Went to phonak site to check Naida system. Uses newer BT device than my iCom unit. should still work as old one did. Bluetooth iPhone ON. Still have to pair the devices as before consult device instructions.  I updated to iOS 6 on iPhone 4 last night and it picked up existing pairing with out a problem. YMMV?

  • jbender4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Sep 20, 2012 9:20 AM (in response to rwheaton2)

    So what exactly is the new ios 6 feature with the hearing aids. I do not have an iphone yet, but someone just showed me the new menu option in the setting to allow the hearing aids to link. I have the Naida aids, so I'm interested in learning what the benefits are

  • rwheaton2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Sep 20, 2012 9:44 AM (in response to jbender4)

    Feature of the accessibility option reduces some of the radio interference of phone in close proximity of hearing aid using a telecoil system.


    Bluetooth a separate feature has been around awhile for hearing aids using bluetooth adapters. I really like mine. Clarity of sound is far superior to anything else. Wish BT were embedded in aids. But current tech will drain batteries in quick time.

  • rwheaton2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Sep 20, 2012 9:47 AM (in response to atoma96)

    Go to the phonak website. They have great documentation for this. If not phonak try your brands website.

  • rwheaton2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Sep 22, 2012 12:27 PM (in response to atoma96)

    t-coil  that is a magnetic pickup in your hearing aid.  the iPhone magnet gets a little interference with the radio. never works well for me too much backgound noise for my taste.


    in the iphone settings/general/accessibiltiy/hearing aid mode.... ON changes the iPhone to make it more compatible with your t-coil.  found out this only works with iPhone 4S and iphone 5.  that option turns off immediately on older iPhones that are not supported 100% in iOS6 for this option. bummer as I have the iPhone 4 so it reverts immediately back to off for that function. As I mentioned t-coil and cell phones not a good mix generally. 


    Better option below!----------



    the t-coil is a totally different mechanism from the phonak iCom or Compilot device which uses blue tooth. iCom/Compilot device is a 'bluetooth go between' the bluetooth device and your hearing aids.  Instructions are in link above.  one of the PDF's will be appropriate for you if you have that device.  with my iCom and iPhone or any bluetooth phone or TV for that matter with the TV base unit. it is magically clear and sounds like you are in a sound proof room with who ever is on the other end.  wow what a difference it makes.  makes me wonder... do normal hearing people hear like that on the phone normally?  what have I been missing?

  • jayme1185 Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Oct 23, 2012 7:32 PM (in response to atoma96)

    Does anyone know if this works for cochlear implants? If so, how do I connect it? How does it work?



  • jazzpsy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Oct 29, 2012 7:52 AM (in response to rwheaton2)

    I haven't been able to pair my iPhone 4S with the T coil on my

    Oticon hearing aid, which works wonderfully with the Oticon FM system.

    However when I try to pair  my iPhone 4S with the T coil what I get is

    "searching for device" with the spinning circle but no results. Is

    there something I am supposed to do such as keep the phone right next

    to the hearing aid in order for the pairing to be successful?

  • 1harinder Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Nov 7, 2012 6:11 AM (in response to jayme1185)



    I am in the process of getting this worked out.  My son has one hearing aid and one CI.  I will update you when we get it worked out.  I believe it should be "easy" but haven't done it yet.



  • copper99 Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Nov 14, 2012 7:56 AM (in response to 1harinder)

    I too only get the swirling circle. I have Phonak Hearing aids and people talking to me on my iphone find the noise terrible.




More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.