The Breakthroughs Continue With The Nucleus® 6 System
Better Than a Hearing Aid1
When a crucial part of your inner ear isn’t working properly, you may need more than a hearing aid. Especially if you have severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears commonly called “nerve deafness”.
Because all a hearing aid does is amplify sound. It makes everything louder, including background noise. This is where a cochlear implant can really seem like a miracle worker. It’s designed to not only make sounds louder, but clearer.
In fact, a clinical study of Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant recipients clearly shows the remarkable difference, both in noisy and quiet environments.1
And unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants are covered by most insurance plans, Medicare and typically Medicaid. So you no longer have to imagine your favorite songs, you’ll be singing along again.
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Every place is different. With different sounds. One minute you’re walking down a quiet street, the next you’re stepping into a crowded restaurant. You go from a concert hall filled with music to a stadium filled with cheers. And now, thanks to synchronized microphones and SmartSound® technology, you’ll hear your best in all of them.
Unlike most sound processors, the Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor has synchronized microphones that focus on the direction the sounds are coming from, filtering out what you don’t want to hear and tuning in to what you do.
Then the innovative SmartSound technology optimizes the sound to enhance your hearing in any environment, including ones filled with music or background music.
If you prefer to have more control over your hearing, you have the choice of using the sound processor or the remote assistant to make simple modifications to your hearing so you hear your best in any situation.
The heart of the Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor is a chip that’s 5 times more powerful than our previous sound processor. It’s powerful enough to take advantage of an entirely new concept called data logging. And it will let you use future innovations, including advanced wireless technology. As the breakthroughs come, you’ll be ready.
It can be hard to remember what happened yesterday, let alone the last month. With data logging, you don’t have to. It records exactly how your sound processor is being used every day. It fills in all the gaps, so your audiologist gets a more complete picture of your hearing experiences, and makes any necessary adjustments so you can hear your best.
For parents, the data logging functionality provides added confidence that your child is hearing their best at all times. For the first time ever, key information about your child’s Nucleus® System can be downloaded by your audiologist for evaluation.This is a minute-to-minute, comprehensive record that lets the audiologist know how your child is using the system and if it’s being used correctly, especially when you cannot be with them.
Just being able to use the phone like everyone else is life-changing. That’s why our Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor comes with a telecoil so you can talk on the phone without plugging anything else in. But that’s just the beginning. The Nucleus 6 Sound Processor has a chip that’s 5 times more powerful than our previous sound processors. And soon, you’re going to be able to put all that processing power to good use.
With a simple software upgrade that’s under development, your Nucleus 6 Sound Processor will directly connect to an incredibly wide range of 2.4GHz wireless devices . You’ll use Bluetooth-enabled music players and some hearing aids without any wires, ear buds or additional accessories hanging around your neck. The audio signals from your TV, stereo and GPS will broadcast right to your sound processor, just like it was an extra speaker. Whatever wireless wizardry they come up with, you’ll probably be able to connect to it.
We earned that impressive record by doing it longer and better than anyone else. Our Nucleus® CI24RE Cochlear Implant has improved the hearing of over 90,000 people around the world with a remarkable 99% reliability rating at 8 years.2 That’s why 9 out of 10 surgeons surveyed chose the Nucleus System for reliability.8 And why you should, too.
An MRI is an important medical tool. So a cochlear implant shouldn’t keep you from getting one. Our implant has been approved for the most common scan level of 1.5 Tesla with the magnet removed.
As the creators of the first multichannel cochlear implant, our scientists know the natural curves of the cochlea come in all different shapes and sizes. That’s why they’ve designed the widest range of electrodes to make sure your surgeon can pick the perfect one to give you the greatest sound resolution and coverage in your inner ear.9-11
It’s a proven variety of straight, pre-curved and thin electrode configurations all designed to let you distinguish a greater number of pitches and maximize your hearing performance.12,13
To truly experience a world of sound, you have to get out there and explore the world around you. That’s exactly what the Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor was designed to handle. With a special water-repellant nano-coating, the Nucleus 6 is resistant against water, sweat and humidity all the time.And, built on a titanium foundation – the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal – it’s strong enough for whatever adventure life has in store for you. For even more peace of mind, it’s backed up with a 5-year warranty that’s just as strong.*
You can worry less with the most comprehensive warranty out there. In keeping with our promise to Hear now And always, your Nucleus® 6 System comes with a no questions asked 5-year warranty.*
The 5-year warranty covers your:
✓ Sound processor ✓Magnet ✓ Coil ✓Remote ✓Cable ✓Battery Holder & Cover
To help you feel confident your hearing is optimized and your Nucleus® System is working properly, we designed the Nucleus 6 with another industry first, our two-way remote assistants.You have two to choose from.The advanced remote assistant puts you in control of monitoring and managing your hearing with built-in diagnostics, simple navigation and troubleshooting features.
The pocket-size remote control allows you to adjust your settings without touching the sound processor.
Whether you want to be discreet or live out loud, the Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor allows you to do both. With a wide range of colors and sound processor covers to choose from, you can have a different look every day.
The Nucleus 6 Sound Processor is small and fits securely and discreetly behind your ear.And with our range of soft earhooks that have been ergonomically designed, it’s as comfortable as it is discreet.
In addition, the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor comes with disposable batteries that last for up to 60 hours of life, so you can wear it all day without worry.*
*Rechargeable batteries for the Nucleus 6 Sound Processors are not yet available, pending FDA approval.
No one has advanced the science of hearing implants longer than Cochlear. Or pushed it further. And those advancements will continue.
We built the largest hearing research and development center in the world to make sure of that. Processors will become more and more powerful, even as they continue to get smaller and smaller, and you will be able to use every breakthrough. That’s the promise we make when we say, "Hear now. And always."
30 years and 5 sound processor upgrades later, one of our first patients is living proof of our lifetime commitment to you.
Graham Carrick is profoundly deaf. And yet he can hear, thanks to the Cochlear Implant he got in 1982. Since that remarkable day when he heard his daughter’s voice for the very first time, Graham’s life has never been the same. Everything is so much better than he ever dreamed. We’re proud to say we were with him every step of the way.
And we’ll be there with you, too.
1. The Nucleus Freedom Cochlear Implant System: Adult Post Market Surveillance Trial Results. 2008 June.
2. Publication: Nucleus Reliability Report, Vol.11, February 2013.
3. Publication: Advanced Bionics 2012 Reliability Update, HiRes 90K Supplier A Post-2005 modifications, As of May 1st 2012. 028-M107-03-Rev B.
4. MED-EL Website: http://www.medel.com/reliability. Concert, June 2013.
5. Battmer RD, O’Donoghue GM, Lenarz T. A multicenter study of device failure in European cochlear implant centres. Ear Hear 2007 Apr;28(2 Suppl): 95S-99S.
6. Cullen RD, Fayad JN, Luxford WM, et al. Revision cochlear implant surgery in children. Otol Neurotol 2008;29(2):214-20.
7. Battmer RD, Linz B, Lenarz T. A review of device failure in more than 23 years of clinical experience of a cochlear implant program with more than 3,400 implantees. Otol Neurotol 2009 Jun;30(4):455-63.
8. Cochlear surgeons’ preference survey: Internal reliability preferences. [Data on file] Cochlear Americas: 2010 June.
9. Shannon, R. V., Fu, Q., J., Galvin, J. The number of spectral channels required for speech recognition depends on the difficulty of the listening situation. Acta Otolaryngologica, 2004. 552: p. 50-54.
10. Briggs R et al. Implantation & Explantation Bone Study of the Nucleus 24 Contour with Softip. Poster presented at the 9th Symposium Cochlear Implants in Children, Washington D.C. April 24-26, 2003.
11. Pfingst, B. E., Bowling, S. A ., Colesa, D. J., Garadat, S. N., Raphael, Y., Shibata, S. B., Strahl, S. B., Su, G. L., Zhou, N. Cochlear infrastructure for electrical hearing. Hearing Research, 2011. 281: p. 65-73.
12. Kwon BJ, van den Honert C. Journal of the Acoustic Society of America, 2006. 120(1).
13. Dowell R. Sixth Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implants and Related Sciences, 2007. Oct 30-Nov 2. Sydney, Australia.
^ Publication: Nucleus Reliability Report, Vol.11, February 2013.
^ Publication: Advanced Bionics 2012 Reliability Update, HiRes 90K Supplier A Post-2005 modifications, As of May 1st 2012. 028-M107-03-Rev B.
^ MED-EL Website: http://www.medel.com/reliability. Concert, June 2013.
^ Battmer RD, O’Donoghue GM, Lenarz T. A multicenter study of device failure in European cochlear implant centres. Ear Hear 2007 Apr;28(2 Suppl): 95S-99S.
^ Cullen RD, Fayad JN, Luxford WM, et al. Revision cochlear implant surgery in children. Otol Neurotol 2008;29(2):214-20.
^ Battmer RD, Linz B, Lenarz T. A review of device failure in more than 23 years of clinical experience of a cochlear implant program with more than 3,400 implantees. Otol Neurotol 2009 Jun;30(4):455-63.