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Apple To Develop Hearing Implants That Stream Sound Right From An iPhone

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Apple To Develop Hearing Implants That Stream Sound Right From An iPhone

Apple is teaming up with medical device maker Cochlear Limited to develop the first-ever cochlea implant sound processor that allows users to stream sound right from their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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The Cochlear Nucleus 7 device, which was announced on Wednesday, received FDA approval in June.

 

In recent years, Apple has worked with other medical device makers like GN ReSound to create iOS-compatible hearing aids.

 

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.

 

Hearing aids and cochlear implants are quite different. Cochlear implants are for those with severe and profound hearing loss and used when hearing aids are not sufficient.

 

Hearing aids amplify sound, while a cochlear implant stimulates the hearing nerve directly. It has an internal component that's surgically inserted under the skin behind the ear. The external part looks similar to a traditional hearing aid.

 
 

It pairs with iOS devices using a combination of Bluetooth and a proprietary Apple protocol, which the tech giant previously 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.

 
 

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