Nokia 6165i - Using Your Phone With a Hearing Aid Device

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Using Your Phone With a Hearing
Aid Device

Your phone has been tested for hearing aid device compatibility. When some
wireless phones are used near some hearing devices (hearing aids and
cochlear implants), users may detect a buzzing, humming, or whining noise.
Some hearing devices are more immune than others to this interference
noise, and phones also vary in the amount of interference they generate.
The wireless telephone industry has developed ratings for some of their
mobile phones, to assist hearing device users in finding phones that may
be compatible with their hearing devices. Not all phones have been rated.
Phones that are rated will have the rating on the box. Your 6165i by Nokia
has an M3 rating.

The M3/M4 ratings do not guarantee successful interoperation between
your phone and hearing aid device. Results will vary depending on the level
of immunity of your hearing device and degree of your hearing loss.
The more immune your hearing aid device is, the less likely you are to
experience interference noise from your wireless phone. Hearing aid


Phones rated M3 or M4 meet FCC requirements and may
generate less interference to hearing devices than phones
that are not labeled. M4 is the better/higher of the two

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Section 4A: Important Safety Information

devices should have ratings similar to phones. Ask your hearing healthcare
professional for the rating of your aids. Most new hearing aids have at least
an M2 immunity level. Add the M-ratings of your hearing aid and your
phone to determine probable usability:

Any combined rating equal to or greater than six offers best use.

Any combined rating equal to five is considered normal use.

Any combined rating equal to four is considered usable.

Thus, if you pair an M3 hearing aid with an M3 phone, you will have a
combined rating of six for “best use.”
It is further suggested that you experiment with multiple phones (even
those not labeled M3 or M4) to find the one that works best with your
hearing aid device. Should you experience interference after purchasing
and beginning to user your phone, promptly return it to the store where
purchased for exchange or refund.

Getting the Best Hearing Device Experience
With Your Phone

To further minimize interference:

There is usually less interference on the microphone setting than the
telecoil setting.

Use phones with a pull-out antenna. Phones with embedded
antennae may produce more interference.

Position the phone so the antenna is farthest from your hearing aid.

Move the phone around to find the point with least interference.

Set the phone’s Display and Keypad backlight settings to ensure the
minimum time interval:


Select Menu > Settings > Display > Main Display > Backlight time-out.


Select Always off.


Press Select > Yes.

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Section 4A: Important Safety Information



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Hearing Aid Compatibility

This device model complies with the requirements of the FCC rules governing
hearing aid compatibility. Device models meeting these requirements have
an M3 microphone or higher rating. The M-rating, shown on the device,
refers to lower RF emissions levels. A higher M-rating generally indicates
that a device model has a lower RF emissions level which may improve the
likelihood that the device will successfully operate with certain hearing
aids. Some hearing aids are more immune than others to interference.
Please consult your hearing health professional to determine the M-rating
of your hearing aid and whether your hearing aid will work with this
device. More information can be found at