Hi-tech im­plants im­prov­ing lives

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

COCHLEAR im­plants have been around for a while, mak­ing a dra­matic dif­fer­ence to the lives of deaf­ness suf­fer­ers.

What the new tech­nol­ogy does is link them to Ap­ple de­vices - al­low­ing users con­trol through a smart­phone and en­abling them to chat on the phone and lis­ten to mu­sic more eas­ily.

Ear im­plants aren’t re­mov­able with­out surgery. In­stead of merely am­pli­fy­ing noises, like or­di­nary hear­ing aids, they send sound di­rectly to the au­di­tory nerve. The im­plant which Di has been fit­ted with is made by Cochlear Ltd, con­nect­ing to an app that streams sounds to the brain.

The tech­nol­ogy that makes it pos­si­ble - the Nu­cleus 7 Sound Pro­ces­sor - was de­signed and made by Cochlear, in part­ner­ship with Ap­ple, and is avail­able to all pa­tients el­i­gi­ble for an im­plant.

Di Matthews, who is tri­alling a new gad­get to help her hear bet­ter

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