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 help ensure you always hear your best.

What you will 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® portfolio

With the Nucleus System, you can choose the way you want to hear with your Sound Processor options. These include the behind-the-ear Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor and the off-the-ear Kanso® Sound Processor. Both are easy to use and feature advanced technologies. Compare the processors below to see which is a better fit for your lifestyle.

 

Learn how they compare

Compare the features of our latest sound processors to help you choose the one that best suits you. We also recommend speaking with your Hearing Implant Specialist about the right Cochlear Sound Processor for your hearing needs and lifestyle.

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Nucleus® 7 Sound N7


Nucleus® Kanso Sound Processor

Sound Processor Type

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 technology 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 technologies, battery pack, and coil into a single, easy-to-use unit.

Technology

Hybrid™ Hearing**
 

Three receiver options for acoustic component
 
Hybrid TM 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 optimize 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 environemnt.
ForwardFocus +

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

 

 
mySmartSound allows you to fine tune your hearing in real-world listening environments by allowing you to adjust bas, treble and master volume.
Dual microphones

 

 
Cochlear was the first to market with dual microphone technology, which allows for advancedinput processing, reduces background noise to help you better understand speech in noisy surroundings.
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.
Made for iPhone compatibility

 
 
The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is the world's first and only Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound procesor, meaning that you can listen to your favorite music, videos and entertainment - streaming directly from your compatible Apple device.
Telephone use - standard headset Microphone or telecoil Microphone or telecoil
The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is the world's first and only Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound procesor, meaning that you can listen to your favorite music, videos and entertainment - streaming directly from your compatible Apple device.
Telephone use - smartphone streaming Direct streaming through Made for iPhone (compatible Apple devices¹) 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 and only Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound procesor, meaning that you can listen to your favorite music, videos and entertainment - streaming directly from your compatible Apple 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 optimized forloops for everyday convenience, so you won't miss a public announcement or a single beat at the theater.
Compatible with Cochlear True Wireless™ devices

 

 
The True Wireless accessories 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 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 directly to your sound processor while you’re still switched on to what’s going on around you.
Mini microphone 2+

 

 
By streaming speech directly to your sound processor, the Mini Microphone 2+ helps you to hold conversations in noisy places and hear more clearly over distances.
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 App² 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 Made for iPhone & 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 BTE sound processor to date Small & discreet OTE sound processor

The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is Cochlear’s smallest behind-the-ear sound processor to date, 25% smaller than its predecessor.2

The Kanso Sound Processor is the smallest off-the-ear sound processor available.3

Weight Lightest BTE sound processor to date Lightest OTE option available

Designed for comfort, the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is Cochlear’s lightest BTE processor, 24% lighter than its predecessor.3

The Kanso Sound Processor is the lightest off-the-ear sound processor available3 so you can hear your best with the added comfort of nothing on your ear.

Color range 6 color options 8 color options
Personalised color options available, based on preference and lifestyle.
Water and dust resistance ratings

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

Water resistance (IP54).
Waterproof (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 waterproof 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 the power needs of each recipient’s equipment. (Battery life may vary by individual.)
Rechargeable batteries (Standard and Compact options)

 
 
Both standard and compact rechargeable battery modules 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 (x2 high power zinc air batteries).
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

 
 
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 earmold or the earmold 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.
Earmold adaptor

 
 
Attaches to an earmold 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  

 
Compatible with the Kanso Sound Processor. Useful for children or during physical activity.

Compatibility

Implant compatibility Compatible with CI24RE, CI500 and Nucleus 24 Series Implants. 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.

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Disclaimer

*SNR-NR, WNR and SCAN are FDA approved for use with any recipient ages 6 years and older, who is able to: 1) complete objective speech perception testing in quiet and in noise in order to determine and document performance; and 2) report a preference for different program settings.

** The Acoustic Component should only be used when behavioral audiometric thresholds can be obtained and the recipient can provide feedback regarding sound quality.

†ForwardFocus can only be enabled by a hearing implant specialist. It should only be activated for users 12 years and older who are able to reliably provide feedback on sound quality and understand how to use the feature when moving to different or changing environments. It may be possible to have decreased speech understanding when using ForwardFocus in a quiet environment.

^ With compatible ReSound hearing aids. A list of compatible hearing aids is available online at: www.cochlear.com/nucleus/compatibility

^^The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor with Aqua+ is water resistant to level IP68 of the International Standard IEC60529. This water protection rating means that the sound processor with the Aqua+ can be continuously submerged under water to a depth of 3 m (9 ft and 9 in) for up to 2 hours. This water protection only applies when you use a Cochlear Standard Rechargeable Battery Module or Cochlear Compact Rechargeable Battery Module. The Nucleus Aqua+ for Kanso is IP68 rated and approved for use with alkaline and nickel metal hydride batteries. The Nucleus Kanso Sound Processor is water-resistant without the Nucleus Aqua+ for Kanso accessory to level IP54 of the International Standard IEC60529.

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.

The Nucleus Smart App is compatible with iPhone 5 (or later) and iPod 6th generation devices (or later) running iOS 10.0 or later. The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is compatible with iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Cochlear isunder license.The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is compatible with iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPadmini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, iPad (4th generation) and iPod touch (6th generation) using iOS 10.0 or later. The NucleusSmart App is compatible with iPhone 5 (or later) and iPod 6th generation devices (or later) running iOS 10.0 or later. Apple, the Applelogo, FaceTime, Made for iPad logo, Made for iPhone logo, Made for iPod logo, iPhone, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad and iPodtouch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc., registered inthe U.S. and other countries. Information accurate as of February 2018.Android and Google Play are registered trademarks of Google Inc. The Android robot is reproduced or modifi ed from work created andshared by Google and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License. To use the Nucleus SmartApp for Android, your device will need to run Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or later and support Bluetooth 4.0 or later. For a list of verifi eddevices visit http://www.nucleussmartapp.com/android. Android, Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google LLC.

To use the Nucleus Smart App for Android, your device will need to run Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or later and support Bluetooth 4.0 or later. For a list of verified devices visit http://www.nucleussmartapp.com/android. Android is a trademark of Google LLC. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Cochlear Limited is under licence. Information accurate as of April 2018.

ACE, Advance Off-Stylet, AOS, AutoNRT, Autosensitivity, Beam, Button, CareYourWay, Carina, Cochlear, 科利耳, コクレア, Cochlear SoftWear, Codacs, ConnectYourWay, Contour, Contour Advance, Custom Sound, ESPrit, Freedom, Hear now. And always, HearYourWay, Hugfit, Hybrid, Invisible Hearing, Kanso, MET, MicroDrive, MP3000, myCochlear, mySmartSound, NRT, Nucleus, Off-Stylet, Slimline, SmartSound, Softip, SPrint, True Wireless, the elliptical logo, WearYourWay and Whisper are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Cochlear Limited. Ardium, Baha, Baha SoftWear, BCDrive, DermaLock, EveryWear, Vistafix, and WindShield are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB.

References

1. Apple Inc. ‘Compatible hearing devices’ [Internet]. Apple support. 2017 [cited 24 February 2017]. Available from: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201466#compatible.

2. Cochlear Limited. D1190805. CP1000 Processor Size Comparison. 2017, Mar; Data on file.

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