Adapts to your environment

The Scene Classifier (SCAN) - a world first -
gives you the best chance of hearing
in difficult situations.

Six reasons - SmartSound iQ scan

The Scene Classifier is a new feature in Nucleus 6, specifically designed to give you the best chance of hearing in the most difficult situations. It continuously detects the sound environment you are in and switches different technologies on and off to give you the best hearing in that environment. It is the world’s first truly automatic program for cochlear implants.

Our technologies are designed to significantly improve hearing in real-world situations. But some people don’t want to change programs back and forth, so they don’t use the different programs at all. As a result, they don’t get the full benefit.

Now, with Nucleus 6, the Scene Classifier maximises hearing performance by giving you the best of what the Cochlear system has to offer at any given time, automatically, so you don’t have to think about it.

Six real life scenes

The Scene Classifier detects six scenes in total: Quiet, Speech, Speech in Noise, Noise, Music and Wind. These are the most distinct categories that cochlear implant users have identified as a challenge, and to which we can apply different technologies for better outcomes. The pictures below identify each of the scenes and appear on the Remote Assistant, showing which scene the Classifier has detected at any one time.

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Of course, the world is made up of a lot more types of scenes – like church, shopping centre, TV, dinner, and so on – but these are broadly covered by the six scenes of the Classifier. In the future, as we learn more about other challenging hearing situations that people need help with, we can add more scenes to the Classifier.

See the Scene Classifier in action

The Scene Classifier is actually listening to the signal coming in through the microphone all the time, and looking for clues on what environment the user is in. Each type of environment leaves very different clues – called ‘features’ - in the signal. But before deciding on the scene, the Classifier keeps listening to make sure it really has identified the scene, and only then makes the change - this may take 10-20 seconds.

Molly’s day

The sound of birds in the trees, the news headlines from the radio and the whistle of the kettle - Molly wakes up to our latest technology. See below to experience the rest of Molly’s day, and see for yourself exactly why Nucleus 6 is simply smarter.