Nucleus® Implant System reliability

When choosing a cochlear implant, you want to trust that you are choosing the best hearing solution for today and for the future. That’s why reliability is so important.

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What you will find on this page

  • Learn why implant reliability is important 
  • Discover why Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implants are the most reliable today for both adults and children
  • Learn about Nucleus® Sound Processor reliability

Reliability you can count on

Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implants are the most reliable in the industry.1-3 Along with hearing performance, that’s a key reason why Cochlear is the most chosen1-3 hearing implant company. With more than 410,000 implants worldwide,1 no other company can match our record for implant reliability.1-3

We meet and report against independent global standards for implant reliability, publishing data of every implant generation, past and present.1

Cochlear Nucleus Sound Processor reliability

The Nucleus Sound Processors are built to be very durable and the reliability ratings support this. Sound processor reliability is measured by the number of sound processors that are returned over a period of time compared to the sound processors sold over that same time period - Failed Component Return Rate or FCRR. These returns can be due to mechanical, electrical, moisture or damaged/unknown malfunctions. The lower the number, the better.

  • Nucleus 7 Sound Processor: 0.3% FCRR over 22 months 1

  • Nucleus Kanso Sound Processor: 0.4% FCRR over 2 years 1

Why reliability matters

The world's first child recipient, Holly Taylor, has relied on her Cochlear Nucleus Implant for over 30 years. Discover why she says, 'I choose quality. I choose Cochlear.'



Cochlear Nucleus Implant reliability report

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Cochlear Nucleus System reliability

Review our Nucleus Implant reliability report using the European Consensus Statement, International Classification of Reliability & ISO 5841-2 standards.

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To review the ANSI/AAMI CI86 Standard Reliability Report for Cochlear Implants and Sound Processors, please click here. For more information outlining the difference between the reports, click here.


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.

Views expressed by Cochlear recipients and hearing health providers are those of the individual. Consult your hearing health provider to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology. Outcomes and results may vary.



  1. Cochlear Nucleus Implant Reliability Report. Volume 18 | December 2019. D1712187. Cochlear Ltd; 2020.
  2. Hearing Implant Reliability Reporting | MEDEL [Internet]. 2020 [cited 03 March 2020]. Available from:
  3. 2019 Global Implant Reliability Report. 027-N025-02 Rev C. Advanced Bionics AG and affiliates; 2019.