Wondering about living an active lifestyle with hearing loss? Did you know there are features of your Cochlear technology that make that possible? To help you, we have a new mobile app that’s easy to use and is a one-stop shop of information to help you get the most out of your device. Find out how these recipients are doing just that.


How to get active and connect with the outdoors

Being active and enjoying the outdoors is an essential part of healthy living for many people – whether it’s walking, running, swimming, playing a team sport or being in the wilderness.

If you were active before you received your cochlear implant, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be active now.

Part of living an active lifestyle is knowing how to get the most out of your technology by understanding all the features of your device and the accessories that make living an active lifestyle possible. Cochlear™ CoPilot1 is our new mobile app designed as a one-stop shop of information to support you!

Margaret is showing how to live an active lifestyle with hearing loss.

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Hearing loss doesn’t hold Margaret back. When this 77-year-old grandmother isn’t joining her friends at an aqua fit class, yoga or Pilates, she might be lawn bowling, sailing or competing in a fun run with her daughter.

“I have always loved exercise classes, doing all sorts of things over the years. My view is to get out there and live life to the full,” says Margaret.

“I change the volume to enable me to hear my partner at the other end of the green. As a team we need to be able to hear suggestions or instructions from each other. It makes my bowling experience much more relaxed and enjoyable.”

Cochlear CoPilot helps with living an active lifestyle with hearing loss

The Cochlear CoPilot app features interactive activities to help you listen and communicate in the outdoors, plus articles from both professionals and recipients to get the most out of your active lifestyle with your cochlear implant.

What will you find in the Cochlear CoPilot app?

  • Communication tips for playing team sports
  • A guide to accessories such as retention options to help you stay on air while moving around
  • Practical tips to protect your sound processor from sweat, sand or rain
  • Tips to wear a helmet with your sound processor
  • How to adjust your Nucleus Smart App
  • Using the Cochlear™ Wireless Mini Microphone 2+2 while training with a coach
  • How to go wireless and stream music while you play sports

For Carly, an active 26-year-old, knowing how to stream music and use her accessories makes a huge difference.

“I live a very active lifestyle out in Colorado; I try to run every day, I practice yoga every day,” says Carly. “I can listen to music and stream it very easily from my phone.”

To stream like Carly does, check out the wireless section in Cochlear CoPilot for tips including getting started, battery life of accessories, water sports, helmets and more!

Getting the most out of water sports

For Jack, connecting with the outdoors is more about experiencing nature and fishing, which has become a way of life and has helped to forge family memories.

“I have been fishing almost my entire life. It’s the one thing that I enjoy more than anything. When you’re fishing, you don’t think about all those other things that are happening in the world,” says Jack, now in his 70s.

“It’s amazing how many different sounds there are – the birds, the hawks and all the other things that are in the woods. The wind though the leaves is amazing. Some of the sounds that I recognize I had not heard in so many years.”

Jack is fly-fishing and living an active lifestyle with hearing loss.

Jack says the Nucleus 7 Aqua+3, which you can find out more about in Cochlear CoPilot, is a great accessory to enjoy the outdoors – not just water sports.

“When you’re out in the wilderness, in case it starts to rain, you can protect your processor from getting wet so you’ll be able to stay out in the wilderness and not have to worry about it – and not have to take it off and not be able to hear anything.”

Are you accessing all the benefits your cochlear technology? Find Jack’s story plus tips and advice from other recipients who are living an active lifestyle with hearing loss. Download the Cochlear CoPilot app for free from the Apple® App store and get started!

  1. The Nucleus Smart App is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Cochlear CoPilot is available on the Apple App Store. For compatibility information: www. Cochlear.com/Compatibility
  2. Wolfe J, Morais M, Schafer E. Improving hearing performance for cochlear implant recipients with use of a digital, wireless, remote-microphone, audio-streaming accessory. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. 2015 Jun 1;26(6):532-9.
  3. The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor with Aqua+ is water resistant to level IP68 of the International Standard IEC60529. This water protection only applies when you use a Cochlear Standard Rechargeable Battery Module or Cochlear Compact Rechargeable Battery Module. The Kanso 2 Sound Processor is dust and water resistant to level of IP68 of the International Standard IEC60529. The Kanso 2 Sound Processor with Aqua+ is dust and water resistant to level of IP68 of the International Standard IEC60529. This water protection rating means that the sound processor with the Aqua+ can be continuously submerged under water to a depth of up to 3 meters (9 feet and 9 inches) for up to 2 hours. The Aqua+ accessory should be used when participating in prolonged water activities. The Osia 2 Sound Processor with Aqua+ is water resistant to level IP68 of the International Standard IEC60529 when used with LR44 alkaline or nickel metal hydride disposable batteries. Refer to the relevant User Guide for more information. The Osia 2 Aqua+ may not be available in all markets and is subject to regulatory approval and product availability.
Anna Martinez
Anna Martinez is the Associate Volunteer Engagement Manager and has worked for Cochlear since 2016. She is responsible for communication and onboarding with the Cochlear volunteer community. Anna is a Colorado native and enjoys being outside in the beautiful weather with her son.