The aging process can be difficult to deal with. Things can start to get a little blurry as your eyesight begins to deteriorate. You might struggle to have conversations or watch a movie when you experience some hearing loss. There are many things to worry about.
However, technology is constantly advancing and can be a great resource to overcome some of these issues. A hearing implant that was recently developed will change life for the better for those struggling with hearing loss.
First ever hearing implant controlled by iPhone
We're talking about a hearing implant made by Cochlear. The medical device manufacturer has teamed with Apple to make the world's first and only Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor, the Nucleus 7.
This is how Cochlear describes the processor, "With the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, you can take control of your hearing and connect with the technology and people you love. It's the smallest and lightest behind-the-ear hearing solution that combines comfort and wearing options with proven hearing performance in noise, so you can hear your best."
Watch the following video to see how it works:
What makes this device even better is it's not only compatible with the iPhone but also an iPad and iPod Touch. That means, along with connecting to family and friends by streaming phone calls directly to your Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, you can also enjoy videos and listening to music.
This isn't the first implant that can be controlled by iOS apps. However, this is the first sound processor that is actually controlled by the phone itself. You're not required to download an app to use with this device. There is a setting already built-in to your iPhone.
To access control settings for your Cochlear implant, follow these steps:
- Open Settings
- Tap General
- Tap Accessibility
- Tap Hearing Devices
- Turn on Bluetooth - On the Hearing Devices page, you will see a toggle next to Bluetooth. Turn this on and your hearing implant will pair with your phone, just like connecting to other Bluetooth devices.
Once you have completed the previous steps, you're ready to control your hearing implant with your iPhone. It's that simple.
Cochlear CEO Chris Smith said, "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. 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 FDA approved this new technology in June and will be available for Nucleus C1500 Series and C124RE Series Implant recipients in October 2017. Click here to request more information from Cochlear.