iOS-Compatible Cochlear Implant Could Help Millions with Hearing Loss

iOS Cochlear

Cochlear’s latest innovation, the Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, is the world’s first made to support iOS, and passed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June.

The new innovation helps people with hearing loss listen to high-quality calls and music. It connects directly to the microchips in the iOS device to deliver streaming sound to the auditory nerve and then the brain without an additional device.

Cochlear, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, has made the device compatible with iPhone, but with an additional device connected to the sound processor to an intermediate Bluetooth. The innovative helps people answer the phone normally, or just listen to music without an additional device connected. It also helps control, monitor and customize their hearing on the iOS device – iPhone or iPod Touch – through the Nucleus Smart app. The app is available as a free download from the App Store.

The record from WHO says the new Cochlear app, including its implant or hearing aid, would benefit approximately 72 million people. There are 360 million people with disabling hearing loss globally, and that figure is expected to triple by 2050.

Chris Smith, Cochlear Chief Executive Officer and President, says “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,” explains Smith. “This new sound processor builds on our long-standing commitment to help more people with hearing loss connect with others and live a full life.”

The research team at Cochlear says they design devices with greater flexibility, giving a more personalized touch and the new solution that will enrich the experience like never before.

The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is bundled with a range of features:

The Nucleus Smart App Find My Processor helps to locate a lost sound processor by using the Location Service in the app to identify the last place it was connected to the paired device – iPhone or iPod.

The Nucleus Bimodal Solution helps the processor be compatible with its paired device. That means it supports a combination of a cochlear implant in one ear and a hearing aid in the other. It becomes a challenge when doctors prescribe different makes for each ear; in the case of hearing loss in both ears, for example. To address this situation, Nucleus Bimodal Solution plays a key role by synchronizing the audio from both devices via iOS.

“The ability to control both hearing solutions through an iPhone or iPod touch and provide a seamless hearing experience between them is a remarkable technological step forward,” said Jan Janssen, Senior Vice President

The Nucleus Sound Processor includes Cochlear True Wireless technology, giving access to a range of wireless accessories. The device is waterproof, which allows the customers to even swim while wearing it. It is advisable to use the device under a medical practitioner’s guidance.

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