Cochlear Launches Industry’s Smallest Bone Conduction Sound Processor with Innovative Technologies Designed to Make Listening Easier

The Cochlear™ Baha® 5 Sound Processor allows users to stream sound directly from iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®

Here is the direct link to the Cochlear Americas press release with VIDEOs of the product: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7052252-cochlear-baha-5-sound-processor/

PR Newswire– Centennial, Colo., (April 7, 2015)
Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced today the commercial availability of the Cochlear™ Baha® 5 Sound Processor. For people who are deaf in one ear, or have conductive or mixed hearing loss, the Baha 5 Sound Processor is not only the smallest bone conduction sound processor in the industry, it is full of advanced hearing technologies designed to help users hear better than ever before.

“We are always looking for new ways to improve the quality of life of those who use our technology to hear every day,” said Chris Smith, President of Cochlear Americas. “When developing the Baha 5 Sound Processor, we conducted extensive research to determine what was most important to our customers and two words consistently rose to the top of that list – size and simplicity. So, that’s what we did. We created the industry’s smallest and smartest bone conduction sound processor with the goal of providing an improved and simplified listening experience through direct-to-device streaming from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and automatic signal processing with our proprietary SmartSound® iQ technology.”

Made for iPhone® Now Available in Hearing Implants.  Despite advances in technology, people with hearing loss still have difficulty using the phone and depend on intermediary devices to connect their phone to their hearing device in order to hear better. For more than a year, Cochlear has provided a full range of wireless accessories that stream sound directly to the sound processor with the goal of helping Baha System users experience the true wireless freedom they have always wanted. Now, Cochlear takes it one step further by introducing the first hearing implant system that lets people stream sound, and even control their sound processor, directly from iPhone, iPad® or iPod touch®.

With this new technology, people with a Baha 5 System can enjoy music, games, movies, apps – even make a FaceTime® call to family on the other side of the world – with sound streamed straight to their sound processor. It’s easy to set up and easy to use, so people can stay connected to the devices and people they love.

A Personalized Hearing Experience with New Smart App
To further enhance the overall hearing experience only possible with Made for iPhone, Cochlear has released a new Baha 5 Smart App compatible with the Baha 5 Sound Processor for extra simplicity. With the Baha 5 Smart App, users can personalize their listening experience by adjusting and customizing the sound processor directly from iPhone. They can save programs to specific locations, adjust volume, treble and bass and even track down a misplaced sound processor – all discreetly done without having to draw attention to their sound processor.

Listening Made Easy in a Small, Discreet Package
The Baha 5 Sound Processor is designed to help users enjoy clearer, crisper sound even in noisy environments. The key to this new sound experience is the innovative SmartSound® iQ technology, which is a signal processing platform that automatically adapts to different sound environments to deliver a more comfortable listening experience and the opportunity for the best possible hearing performance in noisy situations.

All of this is packaged inside the smallest bone conduction sound processor in the industry.

The Baha 5 Sound Processor is also an award winner. It recently received the prestigious, internationally recognized Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015, which is only given to outstandingly creative, innovative and high quality products. It is a great honor for Cochlear to be presented with this award.

To learn if you may be a candidate for the Baha System, visit http://www.Cochlear.com/US/BahaSystem.

To find out more about the features of the Baha 5 Sound Processor, visit http://www.Cochlear.com/US/Baha.

About Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH)
Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions. The company has a global workforce of 2,700 people and invests more than AUS$100 million a year in research and development. Products include hearing systems for cochlear, bone conduction and acoustic implants.

Over 350,000 people of all ages, across more than 100 countries, now hear because of Cochlear.

www.cochlear.com

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The Cochlear Baha 5 Sound Processor is compatible with iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation) using iOS 7.* or later.

Apple, the Apple logo, FaceTime, iPhone, 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.

©Cochlear Limited 2015. All rights reserved. Hear now. And always and other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of Cochlear Limited or Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Media Contact
Kerri Lewandowski
Cochlear Americas
(512) 354-7164
KLewandowski@Cochlear.com

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