Cochlear Introduces the World’s First Made for iPhone Cochlear Implant Sound Processor in the UK and Ireland

October 2017

UK and Ireland – 3rd October 2017: For the first time, people living in the UK and Ireland with severe to profound hearing loss can access the Cochlear Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor, the world’s first Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor1-2 and the smallest and lightest behind-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor available on the market.3

For the first time, people living in the UK and Ireland with severe to profound hearing loss can access the CochlearTM Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor, the world’s first Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor1-2 and the smallest and lightest behind-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor available on the market.3

People living with severe to profound hearing loss can now reach the highest level of hearing performance4 with the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, streaming sound directly from a compatible iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® to their sound processor.5,6* The Nucleus 7 sound processor is 25 percent smaller and 24 percent lighter* than the previous generation Nucleus 6 Sound Processor.3 In addition users now have an easier way to control, monitor and customise their hearing from their iPhone or iPod touch through the free Nucleus Smart App.

“The direct streaming provided in the Nucleus 7 Sound opens the door for people with hearing loss to make phone calls, listen to music in high-quality stereo sound, watch videos and have FaceTime® calls streamed directly to their cochlear implant – features we know are incredibly important for our customers,” said Stuart Thomas, General Manager, Cochlear UK, Ireland & South Africa. 

A study of cochlear implant recipients participating in a trial of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor found participants reported the new sound processor was easier to control/monitor with the Nucleus Smart App than with a remote control.7 The study also reported the majority of participants enjoyed listening to music (85 per cent enjoyable or very enjoyable) with the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor.7

Cochlear is also offering the first Made for iPhone Smart Bimodal Solution (the combination of a hearing aid in one ear and a cochlear implant in the other), enabling both hearing solutions to stream from a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.5* The Smart Nucleus 7 Bimodal Solution is delivered with a compatible ReSound hearing aid and a paired iPhone or iPod touch to control functionality for both hearing devices.6*

Stuart Thomas welcomed the availability of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, explaining it offered an important advancement to support people with hearing loss.

“Having greater connectivity, monitoring and accessibility not only helps people with the day to day management of their hearing, but it also enables them to interact with friends, family and technology to live their life to the fullest,” said Stuart Thomas. “This is vital for people with hearing loss to achieve their best possible outcomes.”

The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor features the industry-leading SmartSound® iQ with SCAN**, and dual microphone technology,4 helping people to hear more clearly in any environment.  From a busy restaurant to outdoors in blustering wind, the technology prioritises voices over background sounds in a noisy environment.

The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor offers a range of features with the Nucleus Smart App, exclusively available for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. The new Hearing Tracker records coil-offs time (each time the sound processor coil does not detect the implant coil, such as if it has fallen off a child’s head) and time in speech (which measures the amount of time spent in speech environments in hours, including FM and streaming).7 The Find My Processor feature of the Nucleus Smart App helps locate a lost processor by using Location Services to determine the last place the processor was connected to the paired iPhone or iPod touch, whether it has been lost on the playground, in the house or in the car.

Hearing loss is often not thought of as a debilitating health issue. However, unaddressed hearing loss can impact all aspects of life, from the development of speech and language, to education, career and social interaction.8 For children, early intervention is crucial so that they can develop oral communication and sound detection skills at the same rate as hearing children. In adulthood, hearing loss is associated with depression, dementia and increased risk of poor health, as well as greater unemployment.9

“A number of my patients have had their hearing gradually decline – sometimes it’s not immediately noticeable and so they may take a long time before seeking help. I would encourage anyone concerned with their or their loved ones hearing to not delay and make an appointment for a hearing test,” said Mrs Tracey Twomey, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Head of Service, Nottingham Auditory Implant Programme and Chair of the British Cochlear Implant Group.

Increasingly, evidence is showing cochlear implants for adults as an effective intervention for a much wider group of candidates than had previously been thought.9 Today more than 450,000 people around the world can hear thanks to Cochlear’s technology.10 The company’s cochlear implants are the most reliable in the industry,11 which is one of many reasons why more people choose a Cochlear hearing solution than any other brand.11

About Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH)

Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions. The company has a global workforce of 3,000 people and invests more than AUD$120 million a year in research and development. Products include hearing systems for cochlear, bone conduction and acoustic implants. Over 450,000 people of all ages, across more than 100 countries, now hear because of Cochlear. www.cochlear.com

About the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor

The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is the world’s first and only Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor. The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor works by detecting sounds which are then turned into electrical signals by the receiver-stimulator and sent to the brain by the electrode placed in the inner ear (cochlea).

A study of cochlear implant recipients participating in a trial of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor found:

  • 100 percent of users reported they were satisfied or very satisfied with the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor and its components7
  • 94 percent reported the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor as comfortable or very comfortable to wear7
  • 87 percent reported they found it easier to control/monitor the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor with the Nucleus Smart App than with a remote control7
  • 85 percent reported listening to music to be enjoyable or very enjoyable with the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor7

The availability of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor will differ from country to country. For more information and to learn more visit: www.cochlear.com.


References

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  2. TÜV SÜD certification marks. Certification I7 17 02 78611 056 Application Software for Cochlear Implant
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  4. Cochlear Limited. D1190805. CP1000 Processor Size Comparison. 2017, Mar; Data on file.
  5. Mauger SJ, Warren C, Knight M, Goorevich M, Nel E. Clinical evaluation of the Nucleus 6 cochlear implant system: performance improvements with SmartSound iQ. International Journal of Audiology. 2014, Aug; 53(8): 564-576. [Sponsored by Cochlear].
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  11. Cochlear Limited 2016. Cochlear 2016 Annual Report Innovation for Life. Available at: https://www.cochlear.com/intl/about/investor/annual-reports
  12. Cochlear Limited. Cochlear Nucleus Implant Reliability Report, Volume 15, January 2017. 2017, Mar. [Latest generation of cochlear implants commercially available as at 30 January 2017.] Available at: https://www.cochlear.com/intl/home/discover/cochlear-implants/nucleus-6/nucleus-implant-portfolio/reliability-report
  13. Lin FR and Kramer SE. Hearing Well to train your brain. The Amplifon Centre for Research & Studies (CRS), Milan, Italy 2013. Available from: http://www.crsamplifon.com
  14. World Health Organization. 10 Facts on Deafness [Internet]. Updated April 2017 [cited June 2017]. Available from: http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/deafness/en/

 

 

Footnotes

* The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is compatible with iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, iPad (4th generation), iPod touch (6th generation) and iPod touch (5th generation) using iOS 11.0 or later. The Nucleus Smart App is compatible with iPhone 5 (or later) and iPod 6th generation devices (or later) running iOS 11.0 or later.

** SNR-WR, WNR and SCAN are approved for use with any recipient ages 6 years and older, who is able to: 1) complete objective speech perception testing in quiet and in noise in order to determine and document performance: and 2) report a preference for different program settings.

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