Apple has been working with Australian based company Cochlear to create the Nucleus 7 sound processor. This is the first iPhone compatible device designed to work with cochlear implants that does not require an app to be downloaded. The U.S. FDA has recently approved the Nucleaus 7 allowing sound streaming from iOS compatible devices. The Nucleus 7 also has a reduced size, weight and extended battery life along with a waterproof option. Cochlear expects to start shipping the Nucleus 7 in September of 2017.
Accessing the control settings for your Cochlear implant is relatively easy. Those who get the new Nucleus 7 Sound Processor or other made for iPhone hearing aid simply go to their iPhone settings, click on “General” and then click “Accessibility.” As you move down the screen you’ll see a list of different devices you’ll see “hearing devices.” Tap on that and then the device should show up the way a Bluetooth device would in Bluetooth settings. The implant will then pair with your iPhone.
Just like headphones or another Bluetooth-enabled device, as soon as the implant is paired up it can be controlled using the iPhone’s volume controls. So, for example, when a phone call comes in, you can hear that call at the volume settings within your implant.