Cochlear brings leading hearing technology to Android smartphone users

Thursday June 28, 2018 0 comments Tags: Centennial, Cochlear Limited, Cochlear Americas, Tony Manna, Nucleus Smart App for Android, Patricia Troutwein

CENTENNIAL -- Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), a leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced the upcoming release of the Nucleus® Smart App for Android in the U.S. and Canada, offering greater connectivity than ever before for people with hearing loss and a cochlear implant.Cochlear_logoUSE

Cochlear implant recipients with the Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor can now control their hearing with the Nucleus Smart App* from a compatible Android device, allowing them to monitor and adjust their settings, view personalized hearing information and even locate a missing sound processor, all from the convenience of their smartphone, the company said. 

Since the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor was first launched in 2017 as the world's first Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor, Cochlear said it has been working to extend the benefits of its industry-leading technology to Android smartphone users.

"Embracing digital technologies that enhance the experience and hearing performance for our customers is a key focus of our product innovation," said Tony Manna, Cochlear Americas president.

"With the launch of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor last year, we were the first in our industry to introduce a Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor, still the only one to offer direct streaming to a compatible Apple device.

“Now we are pleased to offer Android users the ability to use the Nucleus Smart App to track their hearing and access new features. We are committed to giving people who are living with disabling hearing loss greater choices when it comes to controlling their hearing experience."  

Along with the release of the Nucleus Smart App for Android, Cochlear said it has also added a first-of-its-kind control feature called ForwardFocus available to compatible smartphone users of the app.

The user-activated control feature allows the wearer to hear better in a challenging listening environment such as a noisy restaurant. When switched on, the ForwardFocus feature reduces distracting noise coming from behind a person so they can more easily enjoy a face-to-face conversation.

Cochlear said the Nucleus Smart App, which is exclusively compatible with the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, offers a range of first-of-its-kind features for users. From locating a lost or misplaced sound processor using the Find My Processor feature, to confidently tracking progress with the Hearing Tracker feature, or reducing noise from behind with the ForwardFocus feature, users can experience unprecedented connectivity and performance in managing their hearing.  

"We live in a world where consumers expect to be easily connected to technology, and consumers should expect to get innovative, accessible technology out of their medical devices too," said Patricia Trautwein, Cochlear’s VP of marketing and product management.

"At Cochlear, we are proud to be the first in the hearing implant industry to provide convenient monitoring tools and direct connectivity to smartphones. We want our recipients to be able to take control of their hearing performance like they may do already with their fitness and health and how they are accustomed to connecting with their other consumer electronics."

In addition to the new connectivity and performance features, Cochlear said the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor will be available for the first time to people with a Nucleus 24 Series Implant (CI24R/CI24M). 

Cochlear said the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is the world's smallest and lightest behind-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor. This year, the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor received international acknowledgement from leading design and technology award bodies, including a Red Dot for Product Design 2018 and a Good Design Award® Best in Class in the Product Design category for outstanding design and innovation.

Availability of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor differs from country to country. The anticipated availability of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor for Nucleus 24 Series Implant recipients, Android compatibility with the Nucleus Smart App and ForwardFocus in the U.S. and Canada is late summer 2018.