MacroTraveller had a chance to be the part of a unique kind of Bloggers meet, and the event was about the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor. Nucleus 7 is a sound processor for a person with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. It’s the world’s first and only cochlear implant sound processor which can be controlled, monitored, and tracked directly from a smartphone. Nucleus 7 users can also make phone calls, listen to the music, clips, etc. via Android and iPhone app specially developed for the product.
The hearing defects are a severe problem, and it should be diagnosed earliest possible, that’s why Brett Lee and Cochlear India team are visiting hospitals countrywide with a vision to make the hearing defects screening mandatory for all newborn children.
Cochlear is a mission-driven organization with a focus on transforming the treatment of hearing loss, with their ultimate focus being on improving the lives of individuals with hearing loss. They help people hear and be heard. They empower people to connect with others and live a full life. They transform the way people understand and treat hearing loss. They innovate and bring to market a range of implantable hearing solutions that deliver a lifetime of hearing outcomes.
A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that helps people hear. It can be used for people who are deaf or very hard of hearing. A cochlear implant is not the same thing as a hearing aid. It is implanted using surgery and works in a different way.
Who Uses Cochlear Implants?
Cochlear implants allow deaf people to receive and process sounds and speech. However, these devices do not restore normal hearing. They are tools that allow sound and speech to be processed and sent to the brain.
A cochlear implant is not right for everyone. The way a person is selected for cochlear implants is changing as the understanding of the brain’s hearing (auditory) pathways improves and the technology changes.
Both children and adults can be candidates for cochlear implants. People who are candidates for this device may have been born deaf or become deaf after learning to speak. Children as young as one year old are now candidates for this surgery.
How Does It Work?
Sounds are transmitted through the air. In a normal ear, sound waves cause the eardrum and then the middle ear bones to vibrate. This sends a wave of vibrations into the inner ear (cochlea). The cochlea then converts these waves into electrical signals, which are transmitted along the auditory nerve to the brain.
A deaf person does not have a functioning inner ear. A cochlear implant tries to replace the function of the inner ear by turning sound into electrical energy. This energy can then be used to stimulate the cochlear nerve (the nerve for hearing), sending “sound” signals to the brain.
Cochlear Implants: Treatment of this hearing loss usually involves the use of hearing aids. However, hearing aids help only when the degree of hearing loss is mild or moderate. Hence the scope of hearing aids is limited. Cochlear implants, however, are a permanent hearing solution catering to severe to profound hearing loss.
Nucleus 7 Sound Processor
The Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is the first cochlear implant sound processor that you can control and monitor with the Nucleus Smart App with both Apple and Android devices. Not to mention, it is the smallest and lightest behind-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor, 1 and now, the Nucleus 7 is available for Nucleus 24 implant recipients.
A lot of improved wearing options and the easy-to-manage battery technology with the new chargers were welcome additions to the portfolio. Furthermore, the fact that the processor is made for iPhone for simple control, and has the additional ability to use the Nucleus Smart App for enhanced control has been beneficial for recipients and parents.
Nucleus Smart App – Now Available Android Users!
The Nucleus Smart App has been well-received. In a recent clinical trial, about 90% of users found it more convenient to control their Nucleus 7 Sound Processor with the Smart App, as compared to using a remote control. Now, the Nucleus Smart App is available for both iPhone and Android users. And don’t forget, Android users can only stream audio to their sound processor with the Cochlear Phone Clip.
Cochlear’s Global Hearing Ambassador – Brett Lee
As one of the world’s fastest bowlers, who have smashed multiple cricket records, Brett’s target is 466 million people and raising awareness about hearing loss. 466 million is the estimated number of people worldwide who have a disabling hearing loss. Many, however, are not aware of the effects it can have on them or what treatments are available.
Addressing media, he said 466 million people, including 34 million children, suffer from hearing loss issues across the world. There is a need to solve this problem using technology and to educate people about implants that can eventually change the life of a hearing-impaired person, he said.
Hearing loss is one of the many battles that people fight in life. Often without the right guidance and knowledge, people tend to give up and cease to understand the options available to them. The disability has a significant impact on their quality of lives as there is minimal interaction with their near and dear ones. This, in the end, results in weakening their emotional and physical well-being.
Team Cochlear with their Global hearing Ambassador Brett Lee is here to help them defeat hearing loss by providing a wide range of solutions. Cochlear implants have been successfully administered in children for over 17 years now and with exemplary results. Hats off to the entire team of Cochlear for their effort in bringing back the magic of sound to many lives! Thanks for the brilliant opportunity given to us, to do our bit towards spreading awareness against hearing loss.
Just like we do regular eye-checkups, MacroTraveller urges each one of you to take up hearing tests and the NeoNatal test for your new-born. Let every child in India be bestowed with the Sounds of Cricket and life and not derived from the magic of hearing.
I’m thankful for such Nobel cause initiated by Cochlear India and Brett Lee for creating awareness among people.