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 News Release - July 6, 2020

Cochlear obtains FDA approval of Kanso 2 Sound Processor, first off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor with direct smartphone connectivity

Approval also includes extending the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor to the first U.S. cochlear implant recipients, Custom Sound Pro fitting software to enhance support for hearing professionals

LONE TREE, Colo., July 6, 2020 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Cochlear Limited (ASX:COH), the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of three new products to its suite of hearing technology solutions. The approval of the Cochlear™ Nucleus® Kanso® 2 Sound Processor, Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor for Nucleus 22 Implant recipients and Custom Sound® Pro fitting software reflects Cochlear's ongoing commitment to innovation in hearing technology, providing access to smartphone connectivity and helping to improve hearing performance, and enhancing the cochlear implant fitting experience for hearing health professionals.

"Cochlear continues to develop and introduce products to support the best lifelong hearing experience for our recipients and their care team," said Tony Manna, President, Cochlear Americas. "Our new technology can better meet the individual needs and lifestyles of our recipients and is the result of persistent efforts to improve hearing outcomes."

Newly approved products include:

Kanso 2 Sound Processor

The Kanso 2 Sound Processor is the world's smallest1 off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor, and it is the first and only off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor to offer direct streaming from compatible Apple® or Android™ devices.* It is also compatible with the Nucleus Smart App, enabling control of device settings, hearing functions and information.*

The Kanso 2 Sound Processor features new charging options, including the sound processor's built-in rechargeable battery2; all-in-one Home Charger, allowing charging, drying and storing of the sound processor at the same time; and a small, optional portable charger for on-the-go use. The Kanso 2 Sound Processor also features the highest possible water resistance rating† for any off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor, giving users the freedom to live an active lifestyle.

The Kanso 2 Sound Processor features a simple, durable all-in-one design that makes it easy to use. Unique button-free control with an automatic on/off function helps to simplify the experience particularly for children or people with poor dexterity. To help users hear more of what they want to listen to, the Kanso 2 Sound Processor includes Cochlear's proven hearing performance technologies3-6 of dual microphones, ForwardFocus¥ and SmartSound® IQ with SCAN**.

At commercial availability, the Kanso 2 Sound Processor is compatible with Cochlear N24, CI24RE, CI500, Profile® and Profile Plus Series Implants.

Nucleus 7 Sound Processor for Nucleus 22 Implant recipients

The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is now compatible with a Nucleus 22 Implant. This means that Nucleus 22 Implant recipients can now upgrade to Cochlear's latest behind-the-ear sound processor, and for the first time, benefit from the smallest and lightest behind-the-ear sound processor1 with direct smartphone connectivity and streaming.

The Nucleus 22 Implant was Cochlear's first commercial implant, first implanted in 1982 in Australia; it is the first FDA-approved cochlear implant in the United States, obtaining approval in 1985. There are more than 17,000 people around the world with a Nucleus 22 Implant; this upgrade means that for the first time the first people to hear with a cochlear implant, almost 40 years ago, can access direct smartphone connectivity.

"The experience and feedback from our hearing implant recipients during the pandemic reminds us that staying connected has never been more important," said Patricia Trautwein, MA, AuD, Vice President, Product Management & Marketing, Cochlear Americas. "All our recipients, especially the pioneers who trusted in cochlear implant technology first, now will have access to smartphone connectivity in the smallest and lightest devices they've ever experienced. We work to deliver innovative new products, so our recipients can have a lifetime of hearing and features that enrich every moment they wish to be part of."

Custom Sound Pro fitting software

Cochlear has released Custom Sound Pro fitting software to support clinicians programming Cochlear Nucleus Implant sound processors. The software harnesses almost 40 years of experience and input from thousands of clinicians worldwide7.

The Custom Sound Pro fitting software keeps the patient at the center of care with a new patient dashboard and goal setting feature, promoting engagement and facilitating more effective tracking of progress between appointments8. With an intuitive new layout and increased patient on-air time during fitting, the software is designed to enhance the programming experience for clinicians and their patients.

The new products will be commercially available in the U.S. and Canada later this year. For more information on these products, visit For Cochlear recipients interested in accessing new products, visit

About Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH)

Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions. The company has a global workforce of more than 4,000 people and invests more than AUD$180 million each year in research and development. Products include cochlear implants, bone conduction implants and acoustic implants, which healthcare professionals use to treat a range of moderate to profound types of hearing loss. Since 1981, Cochlear has provided more than 600,000 implantable devices, helping people of all ages, in more than 180 countries, to hear.


  1. Cochlear Ltd. D1190805 Sound Processor Size Comparison. 2020; March. Data on file.
  2. Cochlear Ltd. D1710313 CP1150 Battery Life Coverage Technical Report. 2020; Mar. Data on file.
  3. Mauger SJ, et al. Clinical evaluation of the Nucleus 6 cochlear implant system: performance improvements with SmartSound iQ. International Journey of Audiology. (2014 Aug); 53(8): 564-576. [Sponsored by Cochlear].
  4. Mauger SJ, et al. Clinical outcomes with the Kanso off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor. Int J Audiol. (2017 Jan); DOI:10.1080/14992027.2016.1265156.
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  6. Cochlear Limited. D1660797. CP1150 Sound Processor Interim Clinical Investigation Report. January 2020
  7. Cochlear Limited. D1619303 Software History Timeline. Data on file.
  8. Dillon H, James A, Ginis J. Client Oriented Scale of Improvement (COSI) and its relationship to several other measures of benefit and satisfaction provided by hearing aids. J Am Acad Audiol. 1997, Feb (1)8:27-43. 2.

* For a full list of smartphone and app compatible devices, visit:

** 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 Kanso 2 Sound Processor is dust and water resistant to level of IP68 of the International Standard IEC60529. The Kanso 2 Sound Processor with Aqua+ is dust and water resistant to level of IP68 of the International Standard IEC60529. Aqua+ can be continuously submerged under water to a depth of up to 3 meters for up to 2 hours.

¥ ForwardFocus is a clinician-enabled, user-controlled feature within Custom Sound Pro Fitting Software.

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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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