Friday, 11 August 2017

Deaf to have phone calls streamed into ear implants...

Hearing implants will stream phone calls and music straight into the skulls of the profoundly deaf after a breakthrough in wireless technology from Apple.

The computer company and Cochlear, which makes medical devices, have developed the first cochlear implant that can stream direct from a smartphone, allowing people with severe hearing loss to hear calls and listen to music and audiobooks clearly.

More than 11,000 people in the UK have cochlear implants, which work differently from hearing aids, replacing the usual hearing mechanism rather than simply making sound louder. They consist of an internal component that is implanted in the mastoid bone behind the ear to stimulate the hearing nerve directly and an external microphone and sound-processor.

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