Hearing implants can now stream sound right from an iPhone
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Apple is teaming up with medical device maker Cochlear Limited to develop the first-ever cochlear implant sound processor that allows users to stream sound right from their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
This will enable people with hearing implants to stream music and take phone calls wirelessly from Apple devices.
The Cochlear Nucleus 7 device, which was announced on Wednesday, received FDA approval in June.
Apple has worked with other medical device makers like GN ReSound to create iOS-compatible hearing aids and there are now more than 50 hearing aids that work with iPhones.
The high-tech versions enable users to discreetly make device adjustments using their phone as if they were checking an email or sending a text which will help with stigma surrounding hearing aids
The new Cochlear Nucleus 7 pairs with iOS devices using a combination of Bluetooth and a proprietary Apple protocol, which is created for hearing aids.
Simple commands, such as changing the hearing device’s volume or checking battery status, can be done through iOS without a separate app. More advanced functions, like finding a cochlear implant if it gets lost, are accessed via Cochlear’s app.
Previously, phones could interfere with hearing devices and cause high-pitched noises for the person using it. Streaming music was also difficult because users had to wear an earphone and hearing aid at the same time. The new Cochlear Nucleus 7 solves that problem. The new device is expected to launch in the United States and Canada in September and the cost of the device is still unknown.