Hear your best in both ears – with smart bimodal solutions.

When Hearing aids alone are no
longer enough

Man wearing Cochlear implant and hearing aid


If you have hearing loss in both ears and find yourself struggling with your hearing aids, there may come a time when you need something more. To improve your hearing performance and help you understand conversations more clearly, you might need to consider a solution that helps you hear your best with both ears.

For some people, cochlear implantation in both ears can be the best way to optimize hearing.* For many, a cochlear implant in one ear and continued use of a hearing aid in the other can provide an enhanced hearing performance.1 This combination is referred to as bimodal hearing.

* This is known as bilateral implantation. Your Hearing Implant Specialist will advise the best solution for you.

With bimodal hearing, the hearing aid and cochlear implant work as a team.

In a bimodal hearing solution, a hearing aid and a cochlear implant system work together to provide you with a richer and more natural hearing experience.2

A bimodal hearing system can provide many benefits:

  • Greater clarity and improved speech understanding, especially in noise3
  • Better determination of where sounds are coming from4
  • Easier to hear sounds and understand speech3,4,5
  • Better sound appreciation so you can enjoy your favorite music6

These combined benefits help to build your speech and language understanding and is particularly beneficial for children’s learning and development.7

Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant Systems work with any hearing aid to deliver these life-changing benefits of bimodal hearing.

Introducing the world's only smart bimodal hearing solution that’s Made for iPhone.

For the first time, if you have a Cochlear™ Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor and a compatible ReSound hearing aid, you can stream sound directly to both ears at once from a compatible Apple® device.**

With this unique smart bimodal hearing solution, you can use your iPhone® to:

  • Connect with others on the phone
  • Rediscover the joy of music
  • Easily control your device settings
  • Find a lost sound processor functionality

The world's only smart bimodal hearing solution

The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor and compatible ReSound hearing aid*** are designed to work together seamlessly to deliver a premium bimodal hearing experience. You can manage your hearing experience with both devices conveniently from your iPhone®.


From your iPhone® to both ears: Clarity, control and confidence

Connect with others on the phone again

With better sound quality and clarity in both ears, phone conversations will feel more effortless and natural—words, sighs and giggles streamed to both ears.8

Rediscover the joy of music

With Cochlear’s bimodal solution, you can simultaneously stream all the sounds that make your heart sing from a compatible Apple® device to both ears like never before. From a symphony to your favorite ballad, enjoy all the music you love with greater clarity and richness.9

Control your hearing at the touch of your iPhone®

Thanks to Made for iPhone® technology, there’s now a new way to adjust the settings on both your sound processor and your ReSound compatible hearing aid.* No need for any additional equipment—simply use your compatible Apple® device to take control any time, any place.

If you use an Android™ device or any other smartphone, you can stream phone calls, music and more directly to your Nucleus 7 Sound Processor and ReSound hearing aid by using the True Wireless™ Phone Clip. You can also control your Nucleus 7 Sound Processor by using the Remote Control that is included in every new system.

Experience True Wireless™ freedom

When you're not using the Made for iPhone connectivity to stream phone calls, music, etc. directly from your smartphone, you can still enjoy True Wireless™ freedom to help you hear better in noise. Cochlear's True Wireless accessories simultaneously send sound directly to your Nucleus 7 Sound Processor and a ReSound hearing aid so you can take your bimodal hearing experience to the highest level.

Our True Wireless accessories include the Phone Clip, two choices of Mini Microphones and the TV Streamer. All True Wireless accessories are compatible with the Nucleus 7 and Kanso® Sound Processors as well as ReSound hearing aids. So, whether you benefit from a bimodal solution or from a cochlear implant alone, you can enjoy the hearing benefits of our True Wireless technology.

Learn more about Cochlear True Wireless

See How Smart Bimodal Solutions Have Enhanced Chad’s Life

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* This is known as bilateral implantation. Your Hearing Implant Specialist will advise the best solution for you.

**The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is compatible with iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, 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) and iPod touch (6th generation) using iOS 10.0 or later. The Nucleus Smart App is compatible with iPhone 5 (or later) and iPod 6th generation devices (or later) running iOS 10.0 or later. Apple, the Apple logo, FaceTime, Made for iPad logo, Made for iPhone logo, Made for iPod logo, iPhone, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Information accurate as of February 2018.

***With compatible ReSound hearing aids. A list of compatible hearing aids is available online at: Nucleus 7 Compatibility


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