FDA Finally Approves Use of ReSound Wireless Accessories With The Nucleus 6 CI Processor

Nucleus 6 CI users in North America: The FDA’s Medical Device branch in Maryland has finally approved the 2.4 gHz digital wireless accessories licensed from GN ReSound according to this bulletin from Cochlear Americas, a full 15 months after releasing them to the Rest of the World as we disclosed here back on June 1st, 2013.

Front row: ReSound Mini Mic and Phone Clip+ (note the missing cap)Back row: Phonak Roger Pen Mic on charging base, Cellscope video otoscope attachment on an iPhone 5, and first generation analog-only ReSound TV StreamerClick to Enlarge

Front row: ReSound Mini Mic and Phone Clip+ (note the missing cap)
Back row: Phonak Roger Pen Mic on charging base, Cellscope video otoscope attachment on an iPhone 5, and first generation analog-only ReSound TV Streamer
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For an explanation from June 2013 of what these accessories accomplish and how they make the users’ lives easier, please see Nucleus 6 CI Processor Uses GN ReSound Unite Hearing Aid Wireless Accessories; and for a detailed description of what each of these accessories does, please see this link to the GN ‪ReSound‬ website.

Most important of these accessories is the Mini Mic: It’s a direct replacement for expensive and troublesome analog FM, and the very expensive (but very good) Phonak Roger digital FM “Pen” transmitter & integral receivers. This short-but-powerful video demonstration by audiologist Jim Bombacino shows why it’s mandatory for all hearing impaired people — Especially children — need a Mini Mic or FM system with their hearing aids & CI’s:

▬▬► It’s important to note that the ReSound Remote Control 2 will not work with the N6: Instead, the Nucleus CR230 Remote Assistant that comes with the speech processor is used for this duty. In addition, the Phone Clip+ will only work for receiving streaming audio via Bluetooth 2.3 Advanced Audio Distribution protocol (A2DP) and phone calls using Bluetooth 1.5 Headset Profile (HSP) — Unlike with the ReSound implementation, Cochlear does not have a “Made For iPhone” (MFi) app. In addition, as we were told by Cochlear early this year, the program shift and microphone mute buttons on the front have not been enabled; however it is our understanding that they can be enabled in the N6 firmware at any point.

It’s also worth noting that you don’t have to buy the ReSound/Cochlear wireless accessories from your CI clinic, as many hearing aid dealers and even Costco sell them as well; and pairing to the instruments is done with the pushbuttons on the accessories.

The firmware update to the processors will be performed with Custom Sound Suite 4.2, and this will be available on November 18th of this year. There is much more in Friday’s announcement from ‪‎Cochlear
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Dan Schwartz

Electrical Engineer, via Georgia Tech

One Comment

  1. Rick
    September 15, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    As I recall FDA employees may not receive more than… $75,000 or was it $100,000? as a gift or bonus, from those companies applying for FDA approvals.

    Perhaps Resound forgot to give generous gifts (but below the illegal limit) to the government employees responsible for approving their wireless system.

    Your slipping Resound. After you saw how Costco gets ahead this should have been a no-brainer.

    Rick


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