Cochlear Announces the Availability of the Nucleus® 6 Cochlear Implant System in Canada

June 19, 2013

Cochlear Announces the Availability of the Nucleus® 6 Cochlear Implant System in Canada

Simply smarter in every hearing situation

Centennial, Colo., (June 19, 2013)Cochlear Limited, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced today the launch of the Nucleus® 6 System in Canada.

Built on a completely new microchip platform with five times the processing power of the market-leading Nucleus 5 Sound Processor, the Nucleus 6 System introduces a range of industry first innovations, including:

SmartSound® iQ advanced sound processing to optimize performance in every hearing situation

  • True automation with industry's only scene classifier (SCAN), which analyses the sound environment and automatically applies the best sound processing technology
  • Direct wireless connectivity to the sound processor linking customers to a wide range of Bluetooth and audio devices
  • Fully integrated hearing aid functionality in every sound processor to boost residual hearing through acoustic stimulation
  • Comprehensive data logging capability providing a rich source of information for the clinician to help optimise individual performance
  • Smallest and most water resistant BTE sound processor on the market

"We are pleased to announce the availability of the Nucleus 6 System in Canada," said Chris Smith, President of Cochlear Americas. "Cochlear was the pioneer of cochlear implant technology over 30 years ago and continues to build upon that legacy by bringing industry first technology to our recipients so they can hear their best in real world listening situations."

The range of new innovations in Nucleus 6 are designed to provide superior hearing outcomes in a way that makes hearing easier for the recipient.

Optimizing hearing performance in every hearing situation

With Nucleus 6, Cochlear introduces its third generation of input processing – SmartSound® iQ.Different listening situations require specifically designed sound processing technologies to optimize hearing performance.SmartSound® iQ delivers the broadest range of input processing capabilities available including new background noise and wind noise solutions.

'Simply smarter' with performance that adapts automatically

Nucleus 6 introduces the industry’s first scene classifier, SCAN, which analyses the sound environment then applies the best sound processing solutions to optimize hearing performance.In the past, recipients had to manually change programs for different sound environments.With Nucleus 6 this happens automatically, so they don't have to think about it.

Truly wireless connectivity

Nucleus 6 delivers truly wireless capabilities. Unlike other wireless solutions, sound can be streamed directly to the sound processor wirelessly from a wide range of Bluetooth and audio sources without the need for intermediary body worn devices.A range of new Cochlear wireless audio accessories including a TV streamer, remote microphone and phone clip will follow with a future system release.

Bimodal wireless connectivity

The Cochlear wireless accessories can also simultaneously stream sound from Bluetooth and audio devices direct to GN ReSound hearing aids (which include ReSound, Beltone and Interton brands) as well as the Nucleus 6 sound processor.This provides an integrated, bimodal solution for those people who have both a cochlear implant and GN ReSound hearing aids.

Hybrid capability to enrich residual hearing

For customers who have residual hearing in their implanted ear, their hearing experience may be significantly improved if this residual hearing can also be amplified. Unique to Nucleus 6, every sound processor has the capability to operate as an all-in-one hearing aid plus cochlear implant sound processor, which delivers both electrical and acoustic stimulation simultaneously.

New clinical insights with comprehensive data logging capability

The Nucleus 6 System also includes a range of new innovations specifically designed for the clinician.Of major benefit is the industry's only comprehensive data logging capability, which monitors and records how the sound processor is being used and the types of sound environments experienced.Data logging provides rich information for the clinician to help them have better discussions with their patients to enable even better hearing outcomes.

Smallest and most water resistant BTE sound processor on market

Despite the wide range of new features in Nucleus 6, all have been delivered in the smallest BTE (behind the ear) worn sound processor on the market.Water resistance is important for both lifestyle and reliability.Nucleus 6 has an IP57 rating, making it the most water-resistant BTE sound processor available. And now each sound processor has an advanced water-resistant nano-coating, making it more reliable around water than ever before.

The Nucleus 6 System has been built on the same principles that have allowed Cochlear to remain the company of choice for implantable hearing solutions for over 30 years. Today when choosing a cochlear implant, seven out of 10 people globally choose Nucleus from Cochlear due to its leading technology, superior reliability and lifetime commitment to recipients.1

Cochlear remains committed to providing its recipients with the opportunity to hear their best throughout their lifetime, no matter when they received their implant. The Nucleus 6 System is currently compatible with all Nucleus CI24RE and Nucleus CI500 implants and Cochlear is working to ensure that recipients with the very first generation implants will soon be able to access this new technology.

About Cochlear Implants

Cochlear implants are a proven medical option for infants as young as 12 months old with profound hearing loss in both ears, children aged two and older with severe-to-profound hearing loss, and adults with moderate-to-profound hearing loss in both ears. They are electronic devices, which bypass damaged hair cells in the inner ear, or cochlea, and stimulate the hearing nerve directly.

About Cochlear

Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions. It has a dedicated global team of more than 2,500 people who deliver the gift of sound to the hearing impaired in over 100 countries. Its vision is to connect people, young and old, to a world of sound by offering life enhancing hearing solutions.

The Cochlear promise of &quotHear now. And always&quot embodies the company's commitment to providing its recipients with the best possible hearing performance today and for the rest of their lives. For over 30 years Cochlear has helped hundreds of thousands of people either hear for the first time or reconnect them to their families, friends, workplaces and communities.

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  1. Cochlear Americas [Data on file] 2012 March.