Breaking News: Cochlear’s new Nucleus 6 cochlear implant speech processor will use GN ReSound Unite 2.45 gHz wireless streaming accessories, rendering obsolete troublesome FM systems.
Back in September we reported on Cochlear licensing GN ReSound’s 2.45 gHz wireless technology, which is currently used in their Unite wireless accessories for their Alera and Verso hearing aids. Due to the longer design & regulatory approval cycle we were fully expecting Cochlear would have a “Made for iPhone” (MFI) Bluetooth CI processor in maybe 2-3 years with their Nucleus 7 processor, so imagine our surprise when we caught this Tweet leading to this video:
At first, the video seemed a bit amateurish due to an apparent incongruity: “Molly” slips a Nucleus CI processor onto her right ear, and then touches the volume control button on top of the ReSound Unite TV transmitter; and then later uses the Unite Mini Mic (“spouse mic”); then at the end of the day slips the processor off of her left ear. It isn’t until the end of the video that we see that this is an official Cochlear video; however don’t bother typing in www.cochlear.com/mollysday as the link is 404.
Unknown from this video, however, is compatibility with the Phone Clip Plus accessory, as the signalling from that device as well as the obsolete original Phone Clip differs, as they override the on-board switching fior instant automatic comnnection of incoming phone calls.
What this means for existing Nucleus system users:
• For existing Nucleus 5 and Freedom speech processor users — especially children — this is a compelling upgrade, because current Phonak MicroLink FM systems suffer from very troublesome interference, with a number of verboten N-band (US) and H-band (UK & EU) radio channels: This author can personally vouch for the efficacy and interference resistance of the 2.45 gHz digital signal reception from the Unite Mini Mic to the ReSound Verso hearing aid system;
• For existing N5 & Freedom users who have other hearing impaired family members, the direct compatibility of the Unite wireless accessories means they can share the signal, whether it’s watching the same TV program, or putting a single Mini Mic on a speaker;
• For existing hearing aid users who either have a family member who is implanted with the Nucleus system, or who are themselves “bimodal” users with a hearing aid on the other ear, this is a compelling reason to immediately upgrade their hearing aids to the ReSound Verso system, to instantly leverage the Unite digital wireless system, even if the time horizon to upgrade to the N6 processor is 6-18 months~
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