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9-year-old boy gets his hearing back after six years thanks to bone-conduction implant & iPhone app


From Apple News, a Flipboard magazine by 9to5Mac

Apple VP of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson has  shared a story via ABC7 News about a nine-year-old boy whose hearing was restored thanks to a new type of bone-conduction hearing aid controlled by a companion iPhone app. Highlighting accessibility and inclusion, Jackson wrote that ‘technology can transform lives [and] 9-year old Joshua is a great example.’

Joshua Gomez started losing his hearing at the age of three, and a succession of surgeries over a five-year period all failed. Conventional hearing-aids couldn’t help with his particular condition, but the Children’s Hearing Center at Stanford finally found a solution.

Joshua was outfitted with the Cochlear Baha 5, a cutting edge device that has allowed Joshua to hear out of both ears clearly for the very first time. The device, made for the iPhone, gives him an opportunity to use Apple technology to better his life.

The key difference from a regular hearing-aid is that the Cochlear Baha 5 transmits sound to the inner ear via bone conduction, bypassing other parts of the ear that couldn’t tolerate a device.

See full article here.