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Cochlear Launches Off-the-Ear Cochlear Implant Sound Processor With Audio Streaming

If you know someone who suffers from moderately severe to profound hearing loss, then you might want to tell them about Cochlear's Nucleus Kanso 2 Sound Processor. Recently launched in Singapore, it is the world's first and only off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor that allows users to stream sound from compatible Apple or Android devices. This helps users hear sound from their device as they place calls as well as enjoy music, podcasts, TV shows, movies and the like.

Credit: Cochlear

To transmit sound from their Apple or Android device, users must connect their compatible device to the Kanso 2 Sound Processor. After that, they have to download the Nucleus Smart App in order to control the processor's functionality and access information about the hearing device. The app lets users check if the dual microphones on the Kanso 2 Sound Processor are working. The two synchronised microphones filter out background noise, helping the wearer hear more of what they want to listen to.

Credit: Cochlear

The microphones are used when Cochlear's SmartSound IQ function with SCAN technology is enabled, which was created to replicate natural hearing. The dual microphones first capture sound, then SCAN analyses the wearer's surroundings. After that, SmartSound IQ optimises the sound and automatically adjusts the processor's settings when needed. Aside from this, the processor has a feature called ForwardFocus that's designed to aid users in focusing on the conversations happening in front of them as it reduces noise from behind them.

For people with hearing impairments who enjoy exercising, they do not have to compromise their active lifestyle to use the device as it has IP68-certified dust and water resistance, the highest possible water resistance rating for off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processors.

According to Amy Zheng, Cochlear's General Manager for the Southeast Asia region, the Nucleus Kanso 2 Sound Processor is the product of the company's efforts to help the aurally impaired enhance their hearing outcomes.

"Cochlear is dedicated to bringing sound to people all over the world. The Nucleus Kanso 2 Sound Processor showcases Cochlear's latest and most advanced hearing performance technology and marks a new step towards helping people in Singapore living with hearing loss to hear better. With its latest connectivity features and simple design, this new technology is designed to better meet the different needs and lifestyles of individuals and is the result of persistent efforts to improve hearing outcomes," said Zheng.


Written by Sophia Lopez


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