Kanso is a Japanese word for “simplicity,” and it perfectly describes the all-in-one design of the Kanso® Sound Processor.

It is the smallest, lightest off-the-ear sound processor on the market1,2, but don’t let its size fool you: it offers the same industry-leading technology as the Cochlear™ Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor, including dual microphones and SmartSound® iQ*.

The Kanso Sound Processor also includes Cochlear True Wireless™ technology and provides access to the True Wireless range of accessories, allowing users to stream conversation, phone calls, music and television programs directly to their sound processor. Users can also swim with their Kanso Sound Processor using the waterproof Aqua+ for Kanso accessory.**

Watch as Justin shares his experience upgrading to the Kanso Sound Processor:

Justin was diagnosed with hearing loss when he was four years old, and from then on he relied on hearing aids. However, when he was 27 he qualified for a cochlear implant.

“I still wear a hearing aid in my left ear, but the Cochlear™ Implant made an amazing difference since I’ve gotten it,” Justin said.

He began with the Nucleus® Freedom before upgrading to the Nucleus® 5 and Nucleus 6 processors. He recently upgraded to the Nucleus Kanso and said he loves the latest features.

“It’s new and different. I’ve had a Cochlear Implant for seven years and, again and again, as I upgrade I get ‘wowed’ and amazed every time, there’s always something new,” Justin said.

He said he appreciates how the Kanso will automatically scan the environment and adjust the programs to help him hear.

“In a place like this, a park, where the kids are screaming and playing, the implant does the job,” Justin said. “It kinda tries to block out those sounds that don’t matter and really help me focus on the person that I am talking with.”

Justin said he uses True Wireless accessories such as the Phone Clip to help him connect with others.

“And then the ability to use Bluetooth® and take advantage of connecting to things like your iPad®, your iPhone®, TV, all these things that are Bluetooth enabled.”

He said he didn’t think having an off-the-ear sound processor would make a big difference, but he found it was “actually quite comfortable.”

“I can go running with it, biking, I can do all the same stuff I was doing before with no issues,” he said. “Funny thing is I can actually wear a hat and you can’t see it. And I didn’t think that would make a difference but it actually kinda has in terms of, I actually have to pull my hat off when I want to make somebody believe that I have a Cochlear Implant on. I love it. It’s just been all around a really good experience.”

Learn how you can upgrade to the Kanso Sound Processor!


1. Cochlear Limited. CP950 Kanso Sound Processor User Guide. Data on file, July 2016.
2. MED-EL Medical Electronics. RONDO User Manual. Last accessed July 2016. Available at: http://www.medel.com/int/rondo.
*SNR-NR, WNR and SCAN are 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 2) report a preference for different program settings
**The Kanso Sound Processor is water resistant to level IP54 of the International Standard IEC60529. The Kanso Sound Processor with the Aqua+ is water resistant to level IP68 of the International Standard when used with LR44 alkaline or nickel metal hydride disposable batteries.
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Skylar Mason
As a journalism student, Baha recipient, and Anders Tjellström Scholarship winner, Skylar is excited to join the team at Cochlear as an intern to tell the stories of other CI and Baha recipients! She attends the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.