The Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant System

Including The Kanso™ Sound Processor, The
Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor and Cochlear
Hybrid Hearing

Over 450,000 people have been where you are right now. Face to face with their own hearing loss. Or that of a loved one. If you are straining to hear even when using powerful hearing aids and find that you are unable to understand what is being said, a Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant System or Hybrid™ Hearing* may be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

Could you benefit from a cochlear implant?

Cochlear implants help those with severe to profound hearing loss in both ears who are not receiving enough benefit when using hearing aids. Although there is no cure for hearing loss, the cochlear implant has become widely recognized as an established treatment for those with profound hearing loss.1

Use your natural hearing with Cochlear™ Hybrid™ Hearing.

Cochlear Hybrid Hearing helps those with high-frequency hearing loss (also known as ski slope hearing loss) or those who have some hearing, but still miss many sounds. If you are able to hear low-pitched sounds, but are not able to hear high-pitched sounds like children’s voices and birds chirping, even when using hearing aids, Hybrid Hearing may be a solution. The Cochlear Nucleus Hybrid Implant System is the first FDA-approved solution to use Hybrid Hearing to help treat this type of hearing loss.**

For many people, cochlear implants can:1

  • Improve auditory awareness of sounds at levels within the normal range of hearing
  • Improve speech and language skills
  • Improve quality of life
  • Improve employment opportunities2

*The Acoustic Component should only be used when behavioral audiometric thresholds can be obtained and the recipient can provide feedback regarding sound quality.
**The Hybrid L24 Implant is approved in the US only for adults 18 and older. The Cochlear Nucleus Hybrid acoustic component is not compatible with the Kanso Sound Processor. The Kanso Sound Processor is not intended to be used by Hybrid L24 Cochlear Implant recipients who receive benefit from the acoustic component.

How a Cochlear Implant works.

There are two primary components of the Cochlear™ Nucleus® System: the external sound processor and the implant that is surgically placed underneath the skin and attached to an electrode that’s inserted in the inner ear (cochlea).

How Hybrid Hearing works.

Cochlear™ Hybrid™ Hearing* is a combination of hearing aid and cochlear implant technologies. It uses acoustic amplification to improve the natural hearing you may have after surgery, while taking advantage of cochlear implant technology to restore access to the hearing you’re missing.

Watch the videos of how the Cochlear™ Nucleus® Systems work.

How the Nucleus Kanso
Implant System Works
How the Nucleus Cochlear
Implant System Works
How the Nucleus Hybrid
Implant System Works

Cochlear implants are better than hearing aids in noisy environments.3

The Hearing in Noise Test (HINT) measures a person’s ability to hear speech in quiet and at a normal conversational level.

If you have severe to profound hearing loss, hearing aids may not be enough to help you access all sounds and be able to understand speech, especially when it's noisy. Cochlear implants are designed to replace the function the damaged sensory hair cells in the inner ear and mimic natural hearing to provide you clearer sound than what hearing aids can provide.

How much does a cochlear implant cost?

Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants may be covered by Medicare, many insurance plans and typically Medicaid.* Contact your insurance company or local Hearing Implant Specialist to determine coverage as well as your estimated out-of-pocket expenses. The cost of the cochlear implant will vary from person to person based on their specific health plan. Click here for more information.

*Coverage for adult Medicaid recipients varies by state.

See how Cochlear Implants have changed these people’s lives.

Deb A. - Nucleus® 6
System recipient
Alison V. - Nucleus® Kanso™ recipient
Ellen D - Nucleus® Hybrid™
System recipient



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  2. Wyatt JR, Niparko JK, Rothman M, deLissovoy G. Cost Utility of the Multichannel Cochlear Implant in 258 Profoundly Deaf Individuals. Laryngoscope.1996;106:816–821)
  3. The Nucleus Freedom Cochlear Implant System: Adult Post Market Surveillance Trial Results. 2008 June.