The Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant System

Including the Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor, Cochlear Hybrid Hearing and the Kanso® Sound Processor

Over 450,000 people have been where you are right now. Face to face with their own hearing loss. Or that of a loved one. If you are straining to hear even when using powerful hearing aids and find that you are unable to understand what is being said, a Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant System or Hybrid™ Hearing* may be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

Cochlear and the Nucleus Implant Systems provides you with choices of wearing options, wireless connections and personalized services to help you not only hear your best, but HearYourWay™.

Meet Jack B., a Cochlear Nucleus implant recipient

Could you benefit from a cochlear implant?

Cochlear implants help adults with with severe to profound hearing loss in both ears, or children 12 months or older with moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears and are not receiving enough benefit when using hearing aids. Although there is no cure for hearing loss, the cochlear implant has become widely recognized as an established treatment for those with profound hearing loss.1

Use your natural hearing with Cochlear™ Hybrid™ Hearing.

Cochlear Hybrid Hearing* is a combination of two proven technologies. The first technology is acoustic amplification.of the low- frequency natural hearing you have after surgery. The second is our innovative Cochlear Implant technology that provides access to the high-frequency sounds you're missing, for a richer hearing experience. Hybrid Hearing is compatible with our wide Nucleus Electrode portfolio.

If you experience ski-slope hearing loss where you have normal to moderate low-frequency hearing loss before surgery, but severe to profound high-frequency hearing loss, the Cochlear Nucleus Hybrid Implant System may be a solution. The Hybrid System uses a special electrode** that is designed to preserve your low-frequency hearing and it's the first FDA-approved electrode of its kind.

For many people, cochlear implants can:1

  • Improve auditory awareness of sounds at levels within the normal range of hearing
  • Improve speech and language skills
  • Improve quality of life
  • Improve employment opportunities2

How a Cochlear Implant works.

There are two primary components of the Cochlear™ Nucleus® System: the external sound processor and the implant that is surgically placed underneath the skin and attached to an electrode that’s inserted in the inner ear (cochlea).

How Hybrid Hearing works.

Cochlear Hybrid Hearing* is a combination of hearing aid and cochlear implant technologies. It uses acoustic amplification of the natural low-frequency hearing you may have after surgery, while taking advantage of cochlear implant technology to restore access to the high-frequency sounds you're missing.


Watch the videos of how the Cochlear™ Nucleus® Systems work.

How the Nucleus Cochlear
Implant System Works
How the Nucleus Hybrid
Implant System Works
How the Nucleus Kanso
Implant System Works

Cochlear implants are better than hearing aids in noisy environments.3

The Hearing in Noise Test (HINT) measures a person’s ability to hear speech in quiet and at a normal conversational level.

If you have moderate to profound hearing loss, hearing aids may not be enough to help you access all sounds and be able to understand speech, especially when it's noisy. Cochlear implants are designed to replace the function of the damaged sensory hair cells in the inner ear and mimic natural hearing to provide you clearer sound than what hearing aids can provide.

How much does a cochlear implant cost?

Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants may be covered by Medicare, many insurance plans and typically Medicaid.* Contact your insurance company or local Hearing Implant Specialist to determine coverage as well as your estimated out-of-pocket expenses. The cost of the cochlear implant will vary from person to person based on their specific health plan. Click here for more information.

*Coverage for adult Medicaid recipients varies by state.

See how Cochlear Implants have changed these people’s lives.

Deb A. - Nucleus® 6 System recipient video testimonial Deb A. - Nucleus® 6
System recipient
Alison V. - Nucleus® Kanso™ recipient video testimonial Alison V. - Nucleus® Kanso™ recipient
Ellen D. - Nucleus® Hybrid™ System recipient video testimonial Ellen D - Nucleus® Hybrid™
System recipient

Cochlear Connections

Meet others whose lives have been changed with a Cochlear Implant.

*The Acoustic Component should only be used when behavioral audiometric thresholds can be obtained and the recipient can provide feedback regarding sound quality.
**The Hybrid L24 Implant is approved in the US only for adults 18 and older. The Cochlear Nucleus Hybrid acoustic component is not compatible with the Kanso Sound Processor. The Kanso Sound Processor is not intended to be used by Hybrid L24 Cochlear Implant recipients who receive benefit from the acoustic component.


  1. Novak MA, Firszt JB, Rotz LA, et al. Cochlear implants in infants and toddlers. Ann Otol Rhino Laryngol Suppl 2000;185:46-49.
  2. Wyatt JR, Niparko JK, Rothman M, deLissovoy G. Cost Utility of the Multichannel Cochlear Implant in 258 Profoundly Deaf Individuals. Laryngoscope.1996;106:816–821)
  3. The Nucleus Freedom Cochlear Implant System: Adult Post Market Surveillance Trial Results. 2008 June.