Cochlear unveils Kanso hearing loss solution

Thursday September 8, 2016 0 comments Tags: Centennial, Cochlear Limited, Kanso, Tony Manna

CENTENNIAL -- Cochlear Limited  (ASX: COH), a global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its newest innovative hearing loss solution, Kanso.Cochlear_logoUSE

Cochlear said the Kanso Sound Processor provides a distinct new way for cochlear implant users to hear. Unlike most hearing aids and current cochlear implant sound processors that are worn on the ear, Kanso is a small, off-the-ear hearing device that provides a more discreet hearing solution and delivers the same hearing experience as a behind-the-ear sound processor.

Kanso is a Japanese word for ‘simplicity,’ and it was selected in recognition of Kanso’s all-in-one design, Cochlear said.

The Kanso Sound Processor features a single on/off button with no cables so it is easy to use. It is worn on the user’s head with nothing behind the ear, adding greater comfort for those with glasses, and it can be easily hidden under or blended within a user’s hair. 

“Our recipients are at the heart of everything we do at Cochlear, and delivering Kanso to the market is in direct response to us listening to our customers,” said Tony Manna, president of Cochlear North America.

“Through customer feedback, we identified the need for a new solution that provides the advanced technology and hearing performance of our latest cochlear implant sound processor, which is worn behind the ear, in an easy and discreet design with access to wireless and water accessories, all without losing the high-quality hearing experience our customers expect from our products. Kanso offers all that and much more.”

Cochlear said Kanso is discreet, smart and simple. As the smallest, lightest off-the-ear sound processor on the market and the only one featuring dual microphones, Kanso provides the user discretion, enhanced comfort as well as the most advanced hearing technology, the company said

Cochlear said its Kanso Sound Processor has the same proven technology as the CochlearNucleus® 6 Sound Processor. It features dual microphones and SmartSound® iQ with SCAN, which allows the sound processor to automatically adjust to different listening environments, providing a seamless experience to the user.

The Kanso Sound Processor 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.

Cochlear said customers can also swim with their Kanso Sound Processor using the waterproof Aqua+ for Kanso accessory.

The Kanso Sound Processor will be available in eight colors, allowing the device to blend in with a wide range of hair colors.

In clinical trials, Cochlear said 88 percent of cochlear implant users rated their overall hearing performance with Kanso to be the same or better than with their current behind-the-ear sound processor.

Study participants liked or preferred Kanso over their behind-the-ear sound processor on measures of comfort, look and feel and ease of use, with 93 percent of users rating listening to music with Kanso to be the same or better as with their behind-the-ear processor.

Cochlear said commercial availability for Kanso is expected this fall in the United States and Canada for those who are looking to receive a cochlear implant.

In March 2017, the Kanso Sound Processor will be available as an upgrade for current recipients with the following internal cochlear implants: CI512, CI522, CI532, CI24(RE)CA, CI422, CI24RE(ST), N24 and Hybrid L24.