The Cochlear Nucleus 5 cochlear implant was launched at the Sydney Powerhouse museum in November 2009. The newest version of the Cochlear corporation hearing implant brings to the market the world’s thinnest and strongest bionic ear.
The cochlear Nucleus 5 is made of titanium and is significantly lighter than previous models, providing increased comfort for the end user. Other Cochlear Nucleus 5 features include water resistance (allowing the implant to still work when caught in the rain) and two microphone adaptability ( for improved speech understanding in noise).
The stand out feature for elderly patients (who now form the bulk of cochlear implant recipients) is a remote control device. The remote control device allows adjustment of critical cochlear nucleus 5 features such as volume, acoustic environment changes and adjustment of bilateral implants with the one device.
The cochlear implant (or bionic ear) is now a well established technology for adult deafness. When patients are not hearing well with their regular super powered hearing aids, then they may be good candidates for a cochlear implant. Our clinic will be implanting our first patient with the new Cochlear 5 on November 19th 2009. For further information on the cochlear implant process visit the Northside Cochlear Implant Clinic, in Sydney at: