Smallest off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor

by | October 8, 2021

It offers direct streaming from compatible Apple or Android devices.

Cochlear Ltd has launched the Nucleus Kanso 2 Sound Processor, said to be the world’s smallest off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor. It is also the first and only off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor that offers direct streaming from compatible Apple or Android devices. It is also compatible with the Nucleus Smart App, enabling control of device settings, functions and information.

The Kanso 2 Sound Processor features an integrated rechargeable battery and the highest possible water resistance rating for any off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor, giving users the freedom to live an active lifestyle.

To help users hear more of what they want to listen to, the Nucleus Kanso 2 Sound Processor features proven hearing performance technologies. Dual microphones filter out background noise to help provide better hearing performance in noise compared to a single microphone. With ForwardFocus, users can reduce noise from behind them to help them focus on conversations in front of them. And, with SmartSound IQ with SCAN, it helps users to hear more clearly in a range of listening environments by capturing sound through dual microphones, analysing surroundings, before automatically adjusting the settings for the hearing conditions.

The Kanso 2 Sound Processor features a simple, durable all-in-one design, that makes it easy to use. Its unique button-free control allows the user to turn it on and off by just tapping it with the user’s finger.

Studies have shown that patients with hearing loss may be two to five times more likely to develop dementia, depending on the severity of their hearing problems. Social isolation and cognitive decline resulting from the lack of communication are contributing factors towards dementia. During the pandemic, imposed COVID-19 restrictions are likely to increase the risks of dementia for patients with hearing loss.

Dr Barrie Tan, senior consultant and medical director of Barrie Tan ENT Head & Neck Surgery said, “The pandemic has affected all of us in more ways than one, especially so for people with hearing loss. Hearing loss should never be a hindrance towards embracing quality life and maintaining relationships. Helping patients find a suitable hearing solution means more than enhancing communication, it is also about helping them maintain relationships and their quality of life.”

The Kanso 2 Sound Processor costs S$12,000 to S$13,000 and has a warranty for 10 years. It comes with a home charger that will charge and dry the sound processor at the same time. The battery life is up to 18 hours.


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