Eugene woman gets hearing device connected to iPhone

Linda Fleck has upgraded to the first cochlear implant paired to her iPhone.

Posted: Nov 22, 2017 5:47 PM
Updated: Dec 19, 2017 1:18 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – A Eugene business leader is one of the first people ever to hear with a cochlear implant that works with an iPhone, the Cochlear Nucleus 7.

On Wednesday morning, Linda Fleck, the chief financial officer for Cascade Health, had a doctor’s appointment in Portland to test out her new device.

In June, she received her first cochlear implant. Now she has upgraded to the first implant paired to her iPhone.

“It’s been really fun,” Fleck said. “I can answer the phone and the sound goes directly to the implant, which then goes to my ear.”

Fleck lost her hearing from hormonal changes during pregnancy.

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