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News Round-Ups: New Sound Processors, Funding for Auditory-Oral Education, and more…

May 24th, 2013 by | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

New Sound Processors and Promotional Offers

2013 is a big year for all cochlear implant manufacturers!  There is currently a major cochlear implant conference, 11th European Symposium on Pediatric Cochlear Implantation, in Istanbul, Turkey. While MED-EL’s new sound processor, RONDO, is already available commercially, and Advanced Bionics has already presented their new sound processor, Naida Q70, to the public a few months ago, Cochlear finally announced their new sound processor, Nucleus 6.  While all the information is available on their international website, here are some important information for Cochlear’s Nucleus cochlear implant recipients:

While the Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor looks very similar to the Nucleus® 5 Sound Processor, there are still major differences.  There will be two versions.  One is slightly smaller than the Nucleus® 5, and it does not have an accessory port.  The other one is the same size as the Nucleus® 5 Sound Processor, and it includes an accessory port.

The biggest changes in the new sound processor are these following things:

New micro-chip – The new micro-chip is five times more powerful than the Nucleus 5 Sound Processor.  This means that it will provide greater improvements in the quality of hearing and give wireless communication capabilities.

Wireless communication system - Cochlear licensed GN ReSound’s 2.4 GHz wireless technology.  This wireless technology is implemented in the Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor.  This system will allow you to connect to cellphones, TV, and other electronics wirelessly. That means you will not have to use any wires or neckloops.  While Cochlear’s website does not have information on what the wireless communication system will look like, you can see it on ReSound’s website.

New Software - There are new software that will improve your hearing performances in noise and windy situations.  The new noise program provides even more improvements in the quality of hearing in noisy situations by suppressing the noise greatly.  This is also the same case for windy situations.  The wind program will suppress the windy noise.  It will also include “fully automated sound management system” which will also be known as SCAN.  It means that the sound processor will automatically switch the programs based on different listening situations.

Hearing aid and sound processor in one - if you still have residual hearing in your implanted ear, you can use an ear mold with the sound processor.

The new sound processor will be compatible with ReSound hearing aids - This means if you’re a unilateral recipient and still have residual hearing in the non-implanted ear, you can use a ReSound hearing aid that will work simultaneously with Nucleus 6′s wireless communication system.

Two remote assistants – The Nucleus 6 Sound Processor will have two different remote assistants.  While one looks very similar to Nucleus 5′s remote assistant, the other one is smaller.

Cochlear has a promotional offer for cochlear implant candidates:  If you choose Cochlear today, you can trade in the Nucleus® 5 Sound Processor for Nucleus 6 Sound Processor for free as soon as it becomes available commercially.

Here are a couple of pictures of Nucleus® 6:

Nucleus6_2

Nucleus6

Advanced Bionics announced yesterday that Naida Q70 is now available commercially in Canada, Europe and several other countries.  Advanced Bionics is still waiting for an FDA approval in the US.  Here is also a picture of Naida Q70.  (The gray sound processor is the Nucleus 5.)

NaidaQ70

MED-EL has a promotional offer for cochlear implant candidates: If you choose MED-EL today, you can receive both the OPUS 2 BTE and RONDO Single-Unit Processors. This offer is available until December 31st.

William Demant, the parent company of Oticon, just acquired Neurelec, a French cochlear implant company.

More Funding for Auditory Oral Education in Florida

A few days ago, the Governor of Florida signed budget item line 104 for Auditory Oral Education. Five auditory-oral programs in Florida will now receive some funding from the state to continue their work. In the end, they had nearly 11,000 calls, emails and letters to the Governor in favor of this funding and only a few hundred against. This is a huge win for the Listening and Spoken Language Deaf Community and the children and families of Florida are truly the winners.

Spreading Awareness About Cochlear Implants

I wrote an article for Stanford University’s Hearing Loss program about the power of social media to spread the word about cochlear implants.  The article also talks about the issues of low access to cochlear implantation and how we can change it.

We share news and updates on regular basis on Facebook and Twitter.  Keep an eye on our social media channels for more updates!

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