Ear Implant For iPhone Augments Your Hearing

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Ear Implant For iPhone Augments Your Hearing
August 6, 2017

Can you feel it? It's the excitement for new possibilities, and new smartwatches, in the future.

 

From rumors about Samsung's next smartwatch to more confirmation about Fitbit's upcoming entry to reports of a standalone Apple Watch Series 3, this week has been about the next generation of smartwatches.

 

But that's not all. Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality headsets are now available to all, though they're still just developer editions. And if that's not enough for you, we're about to hit up some of the other news stories this week.

 

As always, you can head over to our dedicated news section for even more.

 

Apple and Cochlear's iPhone ear implant

Apple and hearing aid maker Cochlear have teamed up to make the first made-for-iPhone hearing implant. Approved by the FDA, Cochlear's Nucleus 7 Sound Processor will be able to stream sound directly from an iPhone, iPad or iPod.

 

If you have a surgically embedded hearing implant, you'll be able to control and customize the sound from your phone. So if you want to turn up or down the volume, just do it on your phone and it'll tell your implant. Unlike other connected implants and hearing aids, you won't need an external app; everything is handled directly in iOS' accessibility settings.

 

Apple tells TechCrunch that it's been working with Cochlear for a couple years on the feature. Currently, more than 50 million Americans have experienced some type of hearing loss.

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