New Processor Information Summary

Exciting news is on the way from Advanced Bionics, Cochlear, and MED-EL!  AB and MED-EL are on the verge of introducing new processors, and Cochlear is making the Nucleus 7 and Kanso 2 processors available to N22 recipients.

Advanced Bionics

Advanced Bionics Sky CI M90The United States Federal Communications Commission has approved the radio-frequency components of a new family of processors from Advanced Bionics.  According to the report, there will be three versions, presumably offered in different markets around the world, and with different feature sets.  The three processors are identified as Naída CI M30, Naída CI M60, and Sky CI M90.  The accented character isn’t in the FCC documentation, but the assumption is that it will mirror the current family of processors.

More information is sure to be coming from Advanced Bionics.  But based on sister company Phonak’s Marvel line of hearing aids, the M series will likely include direct wireless streaming from both Android and iPhones.  And it appears they will be somewhat smaller than the current Q series processors.

 

Cochlear

Cochlear Nucleus 7 processorCochlear Kanso 2The Nucleus 7 processor and the Kanso 2 processor have received FDA approval for N22 recipients.  This FDA approval paves the way for the company to make the processors available to N22 recipients.  Cochlear continues to support its legacy users by making the latest technology available to the greatest extent possible.

See the press release for more information.  And this helpful Cochlear processor comparison chart describes the differences between your current processor and the Nucleus 7 or the Kanso 2.

 

 

MED-EL

MED-EL RONDO 3The new RONDO 3 has its own page on the MED-EL web site!  The processor has a high-tech look with its array of holes.  And it introduces a second microphone so that it can focus on sounds coming from directly in front, which is helpful in noisy situations.  The rechargeable battery life is up to 24 hours, while that of its predecessor was up to 18 hours.

Wireless streaming is accomplished with an intermediary device, the AudioLink.

While MED-EL claims that the Rondo 3 is compatible with all hearing aids, the only compatibility is that you can wear any hearing aid on one side, and the RONDO 3 on the other side.  There is no provision for the RONDO 3 and any hearing aid to stream from one side to the other, to work in concert on noise reduction strategies, or to stream to both side simultaneously, unless the RONDO 3 has a telecoil.

 

iOS 13 Streaming with Cochlear Nucleus 7 Processors Update

Information for users of direct MFi streaming sound processors:

Since updating to iOS 13, some users of hearing devices with MFi (Made for iPhone) connectivity may be experiencing issues with the connection between their hearing device and their Apple device as well as with streaming quality.

NUCLEUS® 7 OR BAHA® 5 SOUND PROCESSOR USERS

Nucleus® 7 or Baha® 5 Sound Processor users, who have recently updated to iOS 13 (released 20 September 2019) and subsequent updates through to iOS 13.1.2 (released 1 October 2019) may experience the following issues:

  • Issue: The Apple device is not streaming audio to the sound processor.
    We recommend you turn the sound processor off and back on again. If this does not resolve the issue, try unpairing and re-pairing the sound processor to the Apple device.
  • Issue: Various MFi pairing and unpairing issues.
    We recommend unpairing and re-pairing the sound processor. If this does not resolve the issue, try restarting the Apple device and then pair your sound processor.
  • Issue: When using an iPhone, the Keyboard ‘click’ and other device sounds are being streamed to the sound processor. In addition, there is a reduction in the sound processor’s microphone volume.
    We recommend you set the ringer/mute switch on the iPhone to silent while streaming. This stops the device sounds from streaming. Don’t forget to turn the ringer/mute back to audible after you finish streaming.
    or
    Go to Settings> Sounds & Haptics> Keyboard Clicks. Turning this off will stop the keyboard sounds. Repeat this process to turn the keyboard sounds back on again.

Cochlear is working with Apple to resolve these issues. Apple have requested that Cochlear customers report their issues directly to them by sending an email:  accessibility@apple.com

Cochlear Announces MRI-Safe Implant

Cochlear announces the launch of the Nucleus® Profile Plus Series implant, designed for routine 1.5 and 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging scans without the need to remove the internal magnet.

Initial availability is in Germany, appearing in other markets pending regulatory approval.

With this announcement, all three major cochlear implant manufacturers offer up to 3T MRI compatibility without removal of the internal magnet.  More information on the differences between options will be forthcoming.

Cochlear Announces Next Phase in Development of Totally Implantable Cochlear Implant Technology

Cochlear Limited today announced the next phase in its long-term research and development program towards a totally implantable cochlear implant, with the start of a further clinical feasibility study. The development of totally implantable cochlear implant technology is complex, and a commercially available product is not expected for years; however, it remains a long-term development goal for Cochlear.

Editor’s note:  Clinical trials provide no guarantee that a product will be available in a given time frame, or even at all.  If you are considering a cochlear implant and have questions about potential future developments, please discuss them with your hearing professional.

 

Remote Programming for Nucleus Cochlear Implant Systems

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The United States FDA has approved a telehealth option to program cochlear implants remotely.  This means that recipients who live in remote areas, or are unable to travel to their cochlear implant clinic, may be able to conduct an audiologist visit from home.

Read the FDA announcement here.

This is just the FDA approval.  Availability depends on Cochlear – stay tuned!

Cochlear Nucleus 7 Introduction

Cochlear Nucleus 7 processor

Cochlear introduces the Nucleus 7 sound processor today!  Compatible with Nucleus CI24RE, CI500 and Profile Series Implants, key features include:

  • The N7 is the lightest sound processor on the market.
  • Can stream sound directly from compatible Apple devices. Bimodal users can stream sound directly from a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the Nucleus 7 in one ear and a compatible ReSound hearing aid in the other ear.
  • Control, monitor and customize hearing on an iPhone or iPod touch through the Nucleus® Smart App available to download for free from the App Store®

The Nucleus 7 is expected to be available in the US in September 2017 for new candidates.  In October 2017 the processor will be available as an upgrade for current recipients in the US and Canada.  There is no information yet about availability in other regions, or on compatibility with Nucleus 22 series implants.

For more information, read the press release here.

Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sneak Preview

Get a sneak preview of the Cochlear Nucleus 7 processor!  Stay tuned here for breaking news on the N7 from Cochlear.

Information distilled by Bob MacPherson from an interview with Jan Janssen, Senior Vice President Research and Development, Cochlear Limited on MedicalResearch.com, dateline july 20, 2017:

* The Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor is the world’s first and only Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor, allowing users to stream sound from their iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® directly to their cochlear implant sound processor. It not only enhances the experience of talking on the phone, it also makes features like enjoying music or watching videos, as well as audio apps such as Maps or FaceTime, more easily accessible.

* The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is also the smallest and lightest behind-the-ear sound processor on the market.

* With the availability of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, Cochlear is also offering the first Made for iPhone Smart Bimodal Solution (the combination of a cochlear implant in one ear and a hearing aid in the other), enabling both hearing devices to provide synchronized streaming to both ears from a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The Nucleus 7 Bimodal Solution is delivered by using a Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, a compatible ReSoundTM hearing aid and a paired iPhone or iPod to control functionality for both hearing devices.

* The Nucleus 7 Smart App gives parents confidence that they can monitor their child’s sound processor and ensure they are hearing. The device also includes a variety of features that make it easier on parents and caregivers including:
The new Hearing Tracker feature records coil-offs time (each time the sound processor coil does not detect the implant coil, such as if it has fallen off a child’s head) and time in speech (which optimizes the sound processor for different types of noise environments).
The Nucleus Smart App Find My Processor feature helps locate a lost sound processor by using Location Services to determine the last place the sound processor was connected to the paired iPhone or iPod touch, whether it has been lost on the playground, in the house or in the car.
Parents are also able to see battery status, adjust volume and change programs using the Nucleus Smart App without needing to touch the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor.

Nucleus 7 Spy Photo

Nucleus 7 spy photo

Nucleus 7 (photo by Jannette Chalmers)

Compared with the Nucleus 6 (below) the Nucleus 7 appears to be slightly shorter vertically, while extending a bit more from front to back.  So far it appears that there will be only one version of the processor, the CP1000, without an accessory socket, similar to the CP920 version of the Nucleus 6 processor.

Nucleus 6

Nucleus 6 processor