Cochlear Unveils New Hearing Implants That Work Directly with iPhone

Apple has partnered with Cochlear to bring the first made for iPhone Cochlear implant. Cochlear’s Nucleus 7 Sound Processor implant was also approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June. 

With iPhone compatibility, the implant can now directly stream sound from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to the wearer’s ear. While there are plenty of other implants that connect to an iPhone and stream sound to it, they require one to download an additional app and go through a setup process.

Thanks to the made for iPhone certification, Cochlear’s Nucleus 7 implant can directly stream audio to an iPhone without the use of an app.

Apple has worked directly with Cochlear and other hearing implants manufacturer to help create a direct Bluetooth connection to the implants. After developing the protocol, Apple is now licensing them for free. It has also waived off any MFi license fee for accessibility products.

“It’s the first time people with an iPhone will be able to pick up the phone normally, or just listen to music, without any additional devices,” said Jan Janssen, senior vice president of research and development at Cochlear, in an interview.

Setting up a made for iPhone ear implant like the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is relatively easy. Simply head over to General -> Accessibility -> Hearing Devices. From there, you can connect the Nucleus 7 or any other implant just like you would connect a Bluetooth device to your iPhone.Apple is perhaps the only company in the world to focus so much on accessibility and the release of made for iPhone ear implants just goes on to show that.

Apple has also worked with other hearing aid companies like GN ReSound and Starkey so its likely that their made for iPhone ear implants will be hitting the market soon as well.

Apple is perhaps the only company in the world to focus so much on accessibility and the release of made for iPhone ear implants just goes on to show that.

[Via TechCrunch, Reuters]

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