New Cochlear hearing processor will be Apple-compatible

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 27, 2017

Cochlear, a company focused at implantable hearing solutions, has teamed up with Apple to unveil the first "made-for-iPhone" cochlear implant sound processor.

"The approval of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is a turning point for people with hearing loss, opening the door for them to make phone calls, listen to music in high-quality stereo sound, watch videos and have FaceTime calls streamed directly to their cochlear implant".

Bahnmueller said the implant made all the difference in the world.

Even with the help of hearing aids and cochlear implants, activities like talking on the phone or listening to music can be challenging for people with hearing problems.

Lots of Apple-compatible hearing products already exist. The tech giant offers more than 50 models of hearing devices that, when linked to an iPhone, introduce a host of useful settings not available to the basic iPhone user.

Cochlear implants are used by people with moderate to profound hearing loss.

"In addition to improved listening skills, recent evidence suggests that a period of bimodal device use may result in improved language outcomes and emerging literacy skills for children receiving cochlear implants", said Janssen. In 2014, Apple began licensing its Bluetooth Low Energy audio technology to hearing aid and implant makers.

The coordinating Smart app allows the user to monitor, control, and adjust their hearing.

What's different about this product is that the Cochlear app for this product has a Find My Processor feature which enables users to locate their processor's location using Apple's Location Services feature.

Making use of the iPhone's built-in accessibility capability, users can also control basic settings from the control centre through the triple click accessibility function on the iPhone, such as changing programs, from the device's lock screen.

A report on the latest cochlear implants from hearing-aid manufacturer Cochlear has revealed that Apple worked on Bluetooth protocols for direct connection to iPhones - and now licenses it to manufacturers free of charge. The company's sound processors turn sound from the environment into electrical signals, which are transmitted to an implanted electrode that sits in the inner ears of those who are hard of hearing.

To address that situation, Cochlear is developing the Bimodal Solution, which streams synchronized audio to each ear via an iOS device.

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