Apple partners with Cochlear to deliver the first iPhone compatible implant for the hearing impaired

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Apple’s efforts in accessibility have been consistent across the company’s devices. iOS and in particular iPhone try to make it easy for anyone to use the technology. The latest example of this is with Cochlear. Apple has partnered with this company to create the first implant for the hearing impaired that connects directly to the iPhone to play the sound of the iPhone on the implant .

With iPhone support, the implant can directly transmit the sound from an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to the user’s ear. While there are a lot of other implants that connect to the iPhone, they require downloading an additional application and going through a configuration process. Cochlear does this directly, without any app in between.

Apple partners with Cochlear to deliver the first iPhone compatible implant for the hearing impaired
Apple partners with Cochlear to deliver the first iPhone compatible implant for the hearing impaired

Thanks to a new certification and a new protocol created by Appl e, Cochlear’s Nucleus 7 implant can directly transmit iPhone audio without the use of an application. This new protocol will be licensed free of charge to manufacturers. In addition, there will be no fee for being an MFi accessory, as is the case with other iOS-compatible accessories.

According to Jan Janssen , senior vice president of research and development at Cochlear:

The device has been approved by the US health organization, and as the sources indicate, we will soon see more accessibility accessories that are compatible with the iPhone directly through this new protocol. The devices connect to the iPhone in a simple way just like a Bluetooth accessory, once this is done they can be used without additional apps. Of course, a huge step forward.

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