Superior hearing performance

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

Girl in the classroom with classmates

SmartSound® iQ has been designed to give your child the best hearing experience by identifying different listening situations and automatically activating specific technologies - they don't even have to think about it! Alternatively, your child's health professional can program the Nucleus 6 System for the situations that are most suitable for them.

Here's how they work:

SmartSound iQ - Speech in noise
Speech in noise - Join the conversation in noisy surroundings like a birthday party or the school playground
  • Two microphones work together to focus on sounds coming from one particular direction, making the person talking to your child 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.
SmartSound iQ - Noise
Noise - Hear comfortably in noisy environments like busy streets
  • Just turning down the volume would take away the sounds they 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, your child can still hear them clearly.
SmartSound iQ - Speech
Speech - Hear clearer and crisper speech in the classroom or around the dinner table
  • 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 your child 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.
SmartSound iQ - Quiet
Quiet - Appreciate soft sounds and whispered voices in quiet environments
  • In quiet environments, your child 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.
SmartSound iQ - Wind
Wind - Hear comfortably while playing in the windy outdoors
  • They can 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 they can hear comfortably.
Smartsound iQ wheel - Music
Music - Enjoy listening to music and even learn to play a musical instrument
  • SmartSound iQ recognises and balances the need to understand lyrics with the broader music experience.
  • The two microphones adjust so they 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.