Cochlear's history of innovation in sound processors
Good science, industry leadership and a lifetime of commitment. Explore the timeline of Cochlear's history of innovation.
1982 WSP - Wearable sound processor
The processor was launched as part of the first commercial Nucleus cochlear implant system.
1989 MSP – Mini Speech Processor
Speech processor allowing recipients even more mobility than previously.
1994 Spectra processor introduced
Utilising SPEAK, an improved speech coding strategy.
1997 SPrint™ speech processor
Provides recipients with four user programs, fully digital LCD and ADRO® speech coding that automatically balances loud and soft sounds in the environment for easier and more comfortable listening.
1998 ESPrit® speech processor
Is the first multi-channel behind-the-ear (BTE) speech processor..
2001 ESPrit 22 speech processor
Offers the same capabilities as the ESPrit but made for CI22M implant recipients.
2002 ESPrit 3G speech processor
It is the first speech processor with an in-built telecoil, making phone use more accessible.
2005 Nucleus Freedom® featuring SmartSound®
Offers input processing technologies designed to mimic natural hearing and is the industry's first water-resistant sound processor.
2005 Baha Divino®
The world's first digital bone conduction sound processor utilises advanced digital sound processing to shape sound signals to suit recipient's unique needs. Features in-built directional microphone and two program options for focused listening.
2007 Baha Intenso® sound processor
World’s first high-powered head-worn bone conduction sound processor, suitable for those with a more severe hearing loss. Baha Intenso utilises advanced digital sound processing for improved sound clarity and protects the recipient from sudden unexpected loud noises.
2008 Cochlear Hybrid sound processor
Combines both cochlear implant and hearing aid technologies to overcome high frequency loss. High frequency sounds are sent to the cochlea via the implant. Simultaneously, low frequency sounds are amplified and sent through the ear canal via the acoustic (hearing aid) component.
2009 Nucleus 5 sound processor (CP810)
Is 36% smaller than the Freedom sound processor and offers an average hearing improvement of 30% in noisy environments. Includes AutoPhone, the industry’s first automatic phone detection ability. Winner of the prestigious red dot award: product design 2010.
2009 Nucleus 5 remote assistant
Is the world’s first bi-directional Remote Assistant and enables recipients to easily manage, control and monitor their hearing with the touch of a button. Can be used for one or two processors. Winner of the prestigious red dot award:product design 2010.
2009 Baha 3 sound processor (BP100)
As the world’s first moisture-resistant and fully programmable multi-channel bone conduction sound processor, the BP100 delivers more than 25% improved speech understanding in noise compared with previous Baha sound processors.1,2
- 17.9% dB as reported in Hallgren M, Larsby B, Arlinger S. A Swedish version of the Hearing in Noise Test (HINT) for measurement of speech recognition. International Journal of Audiology 2006; 45:227-37.
- Flynn M, Sadeghi A, Halvarsson G, Cochlear Clinical Education Trial 2009.
2011 Baha 3 Power Sound Processor
The industry’s most powerful programmable bone conduction hearing solution is introduced.
2013 Nucleus 6 sound processors (CP910 & CP920)
Contains a number of world firsts including an automatic scene classifier, integrated Hybrid component and data logging to help clinicians improve their recipient's hearing performance. All in the smallest BTE (Behind the Ear) available.
2014 Baha 4 Sound Processor
This sound processor features the powerful Ardium platform and is three times faster, with eight times more memory than the previous generation. The added power drives sophisticated sound technologies, true 2.4 GHz digital wireless connectivity and remote control, perfect for today's person "on the go".
2015 Baha 5 Sound Processor
The industry's smallest bone conduction sound processor now streams sound directly from iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
2016 Nucleus Kanso Sound Processor
The industry's smallest and lightest off-the-ear sound processor, providing hearing performance equivalent to the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor.
2016 Baha 5 Power & SuperPower Sound Processors
These sound processors are designed for people with greater levels of hearing loss, with a fitting range up to 55 dB sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) for Baha 5 Power and 65 dB SNHL for Baha 5 SuperPower.
2017 Nucleus 7 Sound Processor
This is the world's first Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor to allow users to stream sound from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch directly to their sound processor, offering greater accessibility, connectivity and wireless solutions.