With the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, people with a Cochlear Nucleus Implant can now stream sound directly from a compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch directly to their sound processor.4,5* They will also be able to control, monitor and customize their hearing on their iPhone or iPod touch through the Nucleus Smart App available to download for free from the App Store.
Cochlear President and CEO Chris Smith said in a statement the Nucleus 7 also allows people to listen to music, watch videos and have FaceTime calls streamed directly to the implant. Owners of Cochlear's Nucleus CI24RE and CI500, or its Profile Series implants, will be eligible to upgrade to the Nucleus 7 sound processor this October.
Bahnmueller said the implant made all the difference in the world. But the high-tech versions intend to reduce some of that stress because users can discreetly make device adjustments using their phone as if they were checking an email or sending a text.
Cochlear has now provided over 450,000 people globally with hearing technology.
Cochlear implants differ from conventional hearing aids in key ways.
"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.
For many, there is still a stigma surrounding hearing aids.
"The fact that people can now manipulate and control their device from an app does make it less intrusive", said Jan Janssen, Cochlear's global head of research and development.
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. Apple has a dedicated "Made for iPhone hearing aids" page on its website where it lists all of those products.
The implants have both external and surgically inserted, internal components. Levanway lost most of his hearing when was 4 years old because of an illness, but cochlear implants let him hear close to normally in face-to-face conversations.
To address that situation, Cochlear is developing the Bimodal Solution, which streams synchronized audio to each ear via an iOS device.