Compare Nucleus® sound processors

Whether you choose a Cochlear™ sound processor that sits behind the ear or off the ear, you can be sure you’re getting the technology you need to hear your best.

What you'll find on this page

  • Understand the difference between behind-the-ear and off-the-ear sound processors.
  • Get to know the different sound processors in the Nucleus® range.

What’s the difference between behind-the-ear and off-the-ear sound processors?

Behind-the-ear sound processors — such as the Cochlear™ Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor — sit behind your ear, with an ear hook to keep them in place. A coil transmits a signal from the sound processor to the implant.

Off-the-ear sound processors — such as the Cochlear Nucleus Kanso® Sound Processor — sit on the side of your head. It is a self-contained unit that contains the processing unit, microphones, magnet and batteries.

Learn how they compare

Compare the features of our latest sound processors.

We recommend you talk to your hearing implant specialist about the right Cochlear sound processor for your hearing needs and lifestyle.

Sound Processor Type

 

Nucleus® 7
Sound Processor



Nucleus® Kanso
Sound Processor

Behind-the-ear (BTE)

 
 
A BTE sound processor is worn on the ear and a small coil is held in place against the head with a magnet. The Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is our most advanced BTE sound processor that offers our innovative technologies including SmartSound® iQ with SCAN, exclusive True Wireless devices and smartphone compatibility.
Off-the-ear (OTE)  

 
An OTE sound processor provides a comfortable, discreet hearing solution without compromising hearing performance. The Kanso Sound Processor is worn off the ear as a single unit and features our advanced SmartSound iQ, exclusive True Wireless devices, battery pack, and coil into a single, easy-to-use unit without compromising hearing performance.

Technology

Hybrid™ Hearing
 

Three receiver options to customise the amount of power needed for acoustic hearing
 
HybridTM Hearing combines acoustic amplification of any natural hearing you have after surgery with cochlear implant technology to provide access to the sounds you're missing. The result can be a richer hearing experience.
SmartSound® iQ with SCAN

 

 
SmartSound iQ is Cochlear's most advanced sound processing technology. It works by filtering out background noise and automatically adapting to optimise your hearing experience, focusing on sounds that are most important to you. SCAN is the industry's first automatic scene classifier - designed to detect the unique features of sound and use them to determine the listening environment.
ForwardFocus

 
 
ForwardFocus is a feature enabled by the clinician that you can switch on to help you hear better in challenging listening environments. It works by reducing noise coming from behind you, so you can more easily enjoy face-to-face conversation.
mySmartSound™ technology

 

 
mySmartSound technology allows you to fine tune your hearing in real-world listening environments by allowing you to adjust bass, treble and Master Volume.
Dual microphones

 

 
You can experience better hearing performance, particularly in noisy environments3, with Cochlear's dual-microphone technology, designed to automatically help filter out background noise and optimise your hearing performance.
Nucleus Smart App

 
 
The Nucleus Smart App has been developed exclusively for the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor. Available for compatible Apple and Android devices, it is easy to use and offers the convenience of controlling your hearing from your smartphone. Parents may find the Nucleus Smart App especially useful to manage their child's hearing.
Smartphone compatibility

 
 
The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is the world's first behind-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor that's made for your smartphone. This means that you can stream your favorite music, videos, entertainment and more, directly from your compatible Apple or Android device.
Telephone use - standard headset Microphone or telecoil Microphone
The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is the world's first behind-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor that's made for your smartphone. This means that you can stream your favorite music, videos, entertainment and more, directly from your compatible Apple or Android device.
Telephone use - smartphone streaming Direct streaming from compatible Apple or Android devices. Other smartphone devices streaming with Cochlear Wireless Phone Clip Streaming with Cochlear Wireless Phone Clip
The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is the world's first behind-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor that's made for your smartphone. This means that you can stream your favorite music, videos, entertainment and more, directly from your compatible Apple or Android device.
Telecoil

 
Optimised for loops

 
Optimised for loops
A telecoil picks up electromagnetic signals and turns them into sound. The telecoil in both the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor and Kanso Sound Processor is optimised for loops for everyday convenience, so you won't miss a public announcement or a single beat at the theatre.
Compatible with Cochlear True Wireless™ devices

 

 
True Wireless devices are designed to help you hear better in noisy situations, without the need for neck-worn loops. You have the option to connect directly to the Mini Microphone 2+, Phone Clip or TV Streamer.
Phone Clip

 

 
Bluetooth®-enabled wireless technology allows you to connect to your compatible smartphone to stream calls or music.
TV Streamer

 

 
With the TV Streamer, you get stereo-quality sound directly from your television. You get a balanced experience, with sound from the TV streamed to your sound processor while you're still switched on to what's going on around you.
Mini microphone 2+

 

 
By streaming speech to your sound processor, the Mini Microphone 2+ helps you to hold conversations in noisy places and hear more clearly over distances. For example at school, during meetings, or as a sports coach. 
Remote Control CR310 CR210
The small Remote Control features a handy display screen for changing simple settings, allowing you to manage your hearing in a discreet way.
Advanced Remote Assistant Nucleus Smart App CR230
The Remote Assistant is a full-featured device which allows you to control and monitor your Kanso Sound Processor settings, and puts troubleshooting at your fingertips.
Bimodal/Bilateral streaming Compatible Apple or Android and True Wireless devices True Wireless devices
Having sound streamed to both ears allows for a richer hearing experience.
FM connectivity

 

 
Being able to connect to FM systems can be important for children, especially at school. Having options for hearing better in school is important for academic and social success. The Mini Microphone 2+ is an affordable and portable alternative to FM systems and can be used in and out of the classroom.
Auto-On

 

 
The sound processor turns on automatically when you connect a battery.

Features

Size Smallest Cochlear BTE sound processor to date Small and discreet OTE sound processor

The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is the smallest behind-the-ear sound processor to date, 25% smaller than its predecessor.1

The Kanso Sound Processor is the smallest off-the-ear sound processor available.2

Weight Lightest Cochlear BTE sound processor to date Lightest OTE option available

Designed for comfort, the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is the lightest BTE processor, 24% lighter than its predecessor.1

The Kanso Sound Processor is the lightest off-the-ear sound processor available.2 

Colour range 6 colour options 8 colour options
A range of colour options are available, based on preference and lifestyle.
Water and dust resistance ratings

 
Water resistant (IP57) with rechargable batteries.
Water resistant (IP68) when worn with Aqua+.

Water resistance (IP54).
Water resistant (IP68) when worn with Aqua+.
Both the Kanso Sound Processor and the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor give you full confidence when caught in the rain, being splashed with water or sweating it out in the gym.
Adding Aqua+ opens up a world of water activities such as swimming underwater, surfing, taking a shower and more.
Aqua+^

 

 
Aqua+ is a soft, flexible silicone sleeve that fits over the sound processor, making it water resistant to level IP68 where additional protection is needed.
P2i coating
 
 
 
 
P2i is a water-resistant nano coating which protects against the effects of corrosion from sweat, humidity and general water damage.
One button interface

 

 
Both the Kanso Sound Processor and the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor have a one button interface for basic control functionality.

Batteries

Disposable batteries
Two required

Two required
Disposable batteries typically last several days depending on a recipient's power usage needs. Battery life may vary by individual.
Rechargeable batteries (Standard and Compact options)

 
 
Both standard and compact rechargeable batteries are available.
Battery Life Up to 80 hours Up to 60 hours
The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor has been designed with efficiency in mind, to deliver long-lasting battery performance.
Rechargeable battery charger

 
 
The Nucleus 7 sound processor features an additional USB charging option, allowing you to charge from a PC, or on-the-go in your car.

For Parents

Tamper-resistant battery modules

 

 
Helps prevent children from opening the battery cover.
LED status monitoring

 

 
An easy way to quickly and easily assess the status of your child's sound processor.
Compatible with monitor earphones

 
 
Enables a parent to check the sound quality of the input from their child's sound processor, microphone or accessories.

Wearing And Retention Options

Earhooks

 
 
Comfortably secures the sound processor to your ear.
Tamper-resistant earhook

 
 
Earhooks with additional tamper resistance.
Snugfit

 
 
Helps keep the sound processor securely in place, especially for active adults and children.
Hugfit™ feature

 
 
Helps keep the sound processor securely in place, especially designed for smaller ears.
Mic Lock

 
 
Helps keep the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor secured on the ear when used with an earmould or the earmould adaptor.
Koala Clip

 

 
Clip-on retention device for babies and younger children.
Safety cord

 

 
Provides additional security when taking part in activities where you risk losing your sound processor.
Hair clip  

 
Clips onto the hair, reducing the risk of losing your sound processor.
Earmould adaptor

 
 
Attaches to an earmould to help keep the sound processor securely in place.
Headworn adaptor

 
 
For temporary use only. Holds the sound processor and coil together in place on the side of the head.
Headband

 

 
An optional accessory that holds either a Nucleus 7 Sound Processor or Kanso Sound Processor in place. Useful for children or during physical activity.

Compatibility

Implant compatibility Not compatible with Nucleus 22 Implants. Not compatible with Nucleus 22 implants.
Cochlear is committed to ongoing innovation and developing new ranges of exciting products to help our recipients achieve their best possible hearing outcomes.

Disclaimer

Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always read the instructions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.

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^ The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor with Aqua+ and Aqua+ Coil is water resistant to level IP68 of the International Standard IEC60529 when you use a Cochlear Standard Rechargeable Battery Module or Cochlear Compact Rechargeable Battery Module. Refer to the relevant User Guide for more information.

The Kanso Sound Processor with Aqua+ is water resistant to level IP68 of the International Standard IEC60529 when used with LR44 alkaline or nickel metal hydride disposable batteries. Refer to the relevant User Guide for more information.

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The Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is compatible with Apple and Android devices. For compatibility information visit www.cochlear.com/compatibility.

The Cochlear Nucleus Smart App is available on App Store and Google Play. For compatibility information visit www.cochlear.com/compatibility.

 

References

 

  1. Cochlear Limited D1190805. CP1000 Processor Size Comparison. 2019, Apr; Data on file.

  2. Cochlear Limited. CP950 Kanso Sound Processor User Guide. Data on file, July 2016.

  3. Mauger SJ, Jones M, Nel E, Del Dot J. Clinical outcomes with the Kanso off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor. Int J Audiol. Published online 09 Jan 2017 (DOI:10.1080/14992027.2016.1265156).