Listening technology is becoming as much a fashion statement as watches, eyeglasses and fitness trackers. “Hearables” are used during any digital communication that requires speaking and listening; a modern phenomenon that makes it perfectly normal for people to walk around with freestanding gadgets in their ears –while their eyes and thumbs are trained on smart phones.


In 2018, fifth generation Bluetooth® wireless streaming was native in the world’s leading smart phones and Bluetooth headsets were the most popular wearable device in the world—providing a connection that lets the wearer tune in or tune out the world.


It turns out, hearable wireless technology is a powerful equalizer. It increases the range, autonomy and mobility of everyone who uses it. And for those who use it to help them hear, hearable wireless technology increases participation in life. “It makes me feel more comfortable in my skin,” said one Cochlear™ Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor wearer. “It makes me feel more like my peers,” said another Cochlear recipient.


Wireless connection is changing the world

Manufacturers are integrating Bluetooth in consumer electronics, smart homes, wearables, and automobiles—and, like Cochlear, into medical devices. In 2015, a partnership between Apple® and Cochlear made possible the first Made for iPhone sound processor—to allow wearers to stream phone calls, music, and media directly from compatible Apple devices to their sound processor.


Now, Cochlear™ Implant and Baha recipients can have the same control and autonomy over what they hear as others who are consuming digital content. People wearing Cochlear Nucleus 7 or Cochlear™ Baha® 5 Sound Processors can stream audio from Apple devices—to make everything from phone calls and FaceTime® to Netflix and music easier to hear. Because Cochlear develops new sound processing technology to work with existing implants, taking advantage of Made for iPhone technology does not require additional surgery.


The Nucleus 7 and Baha 5 Sound Processors easily pair with iPhones®, iPods® and iPads® via an app. The Nucleus and Baha Smart Apps also enable the wearer to monitor, control and customize sound processor functionality— reduce the volume of background noise, or, like Apple’s Find My iPhone feature, find a misplaced sound processor.


Just as all digital technology continues to miniaturize, so too have Cochlear’s sound processors. During product research of the seventh generation of Nucleus and fifth generation Baha Sound Processors, consumers told Cochlear they wanted direct-to-device streaming in a smaller, more discreet package. The latest generation of Nucleus and Baha Sound Processors deliver big (and wireless) benefits in a smaller package.


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  1. The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is compatible with the Nucleus Profile Series, CI500 Series, CI24RE (Freedom) Series, CI24R and CI24M implants. The timeframe for Nucleus 7 Sound Processor compatibility for other implants depends on research and development timelines, manufacturing processes and regulatory approvals.
  2. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Cochlear is under license.
  3. Apple, the Apple logo, Made for iPad logo, Made for iPhone logo, Made for iPod logo, iPhone, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
  4. Cochlear Nucleus 7 and Baha 5 sound processors are compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. For compatibility information visit
  5. The Cochlear Nucleus Smart App and Baha 5 Smart App are available on App Store and Google Play. For compatibility information visit
  6. This communication is not intended for individuals who wish to seek insurance coverage from Medicare, Medicaid, VA, Kaiser or Tricare.
  7. Netflix is a registered trademark of Netflix, Inc.
Cochlear Guest Writer
Cochlear Americas showcases the stories of real people celebrating life's real moments. This blog was written by a guest writer for Cochlear Americas.