Apple has partnered with GN ReSound to build hearing aids. The first “Made for iPhone” hearing aid is called LiNX. The LiNX uses Bluetooth-like technology. The hearing devices connects directly to the iPhone and is the smallest wireless device GN has ever made.
“ReSound LiNX again underlines our core strength of bringing breakthrough innovations to the hearing impaired, making them consumers with choices rather than patients with challenges,” stated GN ReSound CEO Lars Viksmoen.
GN partnered with Apple last year and the two companies have been meeting frequently. LiNX’s hearing aid connects to an iPhone using 2.4GHz wireless technology, which uses less battery life.
There are around 360 million people worldwide that suffer from hearing loss and this number is increasing. GN announced LiNX last month. The hearing aid costs around $3,000 and is launching globally at the beginning of 2014.