Cochlear’s promise of lifetime support is never more important than when new technology offers improved benefits. Making the latest system available to recipients with previous generation implants keeps our ‘techies’ on their toes.
Cochlear Family News asked our research and development colleagues about the challenges of making new technology backwards compatible.
They told us, working for Cochlear means this is always going to be a requirement, so it’s never a surprise. Nucleus 6 is a highly intelligent system, which means that people can get on with life and their sound processor will adjust automatically. It’s something we take for granted when we have natural hearing and it’s every bit as important, whether someone received their implant last week or 10 years ago.
The Nucleus 6 Sound Processor is the smallest, lightest and most ergonomic available from Cochlear and it’s normal that people are going to want that extra comfort as well as the better hearing that comes with it. But anyone who has upgraded their telephone or home PC knows that new devices don’t necessarily use the same platforms or technology as their predecessors. Over the decades, we’ve become very adept at making sure new technology is backwards compatible because we know from the outset that we need to do it. The real challenge is making sure that doesn’t hold us back from developing the very best in the industry. Over the years Cochlear has led the industry with new developments and we intend to keep it that way!
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