Hi-tech implants improving lives
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