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Apple, Cochlear reveal implant to stream sound from iPhone

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Cochlear said it can now stream audio directly from Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod to the microchips in its hearing implants without having to use an additional device. Previously, Cochlear's sound processors worked with mobile phones, but implant wearers had to connect the sound processor to an intermediate Bluetooth device - usually worn around the neck like a pendant - that would then pair with a phone. '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. '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 About 3 out of every 1,000 U.S. children are born with hearing loss, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 15 percent of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing.


How Apple Is Putting Voices in Users' Heads--Literally

WIRED

My conversation with Mathias Bahnmueller started as pretty much all my phone interviews do. "Can you hear me?" he asked, and I replied affirmatively. Then I asked him the same question. His answer was yes--he could hear me very clearly. And this was a tiny miracle.


Deaf people could get 'almost perfect' quality hearing with cochlear implant which rebuilds sounds

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Deaf people could get'almost perfect' quality hearing from a cochlear implant which deconstructs sounds as it hears them. Researchers are developing a device which they say could significantly improve the quality of what people hear through the hearing aids. In the UK around 1,200 people have cochlear implants – which essentially connect a microphone directly to the brain to recreate hearing – fitted each year. But the current technology'sounds metallic' and needs a'significant' amount of brain training to use, according to scientists who claim their device will be better. Researchers at the University of Greenwich say they're developing a device which, instead of directly magnifying outside noises, rebuilds it to pick out key parts.


Groundbreaking cochlear implant lets deaf gerbils hear light

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists have developed a new type of cochlear implant that allows deaf gerbils to hear light. The breakthrough technique aims to activate key neurons that have been manipulated to respond to light. In the experiments, researchers showed the implanted gerbils were successfully stimulated by a blue light, which prompted them to jump over an obstacle like they had when previously trained to do so in response to an alarm. In the new study, the team equipped adult gerbils with a light-sensitive protein by injecting a virus known to carry the gene into their cochlea. According to the team from University Medical Center Gottingen, Germany, this could eventually pave the way for light-based implants in humans, too.


Stream directly from your iPhone to your cochlear implant sound processor with this new device and app

Mashable

Australian company Cochlear has teamed up with Apple to release the world's first cochlear implant sound processor made for iPhone. The Nucleus 7 sound processor will allow users to stream sounds directly to their Cochlear implant from their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. SEE ALSO: 'See' sounds around you with these eyeglasses for the hard of hearing You can also adjust the mixing ratio on the app so background noise is blocked out. "For people with hearing loss we know the ability to talk and hear on their iPhone is incredibly important," said Janet Menzies, General Manager, Cochlear Australia and New Zealand. Cochlear is also releasing a bimodal version (hearing aid in one ear, cochlear implant in the other) which will allow you to control both devices, if compatible, with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.