Superior hearing performance

SmartSound iQ: The world's most intelligent and
fully AUTOMATED sound management system.

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The world is made up of many different types of sound that can be challenging for people who have difficulty hearing. For the best hearing outcome every time, you need a system that can manage these different types of sound automatically, so you don't have to think about it.

SmartSound iQ has a range of individual technologies that are designed to work together seamlessly to help you enjoy the best of your hearing world. Here's how they work:

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Speech in noise - Join the conversation in noisy surroundings like a busy cafe or the school playground

  • Two microphones work together to focus on sounds coming from one particular direction, making the person talking to you louder.
  • At the same time, they block out sounds from other directions such as other talkers and general clatter.
  • Other technologies enhance voice clarity and noise level comfort.
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Noise - Hear comfortably in noisy environments like busy streets

  • Just turning down the volume would take away the sounds you want to hear as well as those you don’t.
  • SmartSound iQ recognises annoying constant background noise and suppresses it, allowing speech to pass through.
  • The two microphones adjust so that if anyone calls out, you can still hear them clearly.
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Speech - Hear clearer and crisper speech around the dinner table or in the classroom

    For discussions or conversations in relatively quiet environments it can be important to hear everyone, not just the main talker.
  • The two microphones adjust to help you hear speech from any direction
  • Other technologies make voices clearer and crisper by lifting the relative loudness of speech and enhancing the softer speech syllables.
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Quiet - Appreciate soft sounds and whispered voices in quiet environments

  • In quiet environments, you won’t miss out on the soft sounds of nature and whispered or distant voices.
  • SmartSound iQ brings overall sound levels up to a comfortable range and selectively lifts the softest sounds to a higher level.
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Wind - Hear comfortably in the windy outdoors

  • Enjoy being outdoors without the distracting noise of the wind.
  • The two microphones detect the presence of wind noise by comparing the buffeting experienced by each one.
  • Specific technologies, with the help of the two microphones, suppress the wind-related noise, so you can hear comfortably.
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Music - Enjoy listening to the music you love, even learn to play a musical instrument

  • SmartSound iQ recognises music and balances your need to understand lyrics with the broader music experience.
  • The two microphones adjust so you can hear sound from all directions and the breadth of musical sounds is brought into a comfortable range.
  • Lyrics are made to sound crisper and clearer.



Please seek advice from your medical practitioner or health professional about treatments for hearing loss. They will be able to advise on a suitable solution for the hearing loss condition. All products should be used only as directed by your medical practitioner or health professional. 

Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative.