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What are Clinicians and Recipients Saying about the Cochlear™ Kanso® 2 Sound Processor?

Natasha McDougald

November 23, 2020

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What are clinicians and recipients saying about the Cochlear™ Kanso® 2 Sound Processor?

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Our first generation Kanso® Sound Processor taught us that patients and clinicians value a comfortable, simple design that is easy to use, in combination with smart features that positively impact overall hearing performance.1,2  This has evolved further in the Kanso 2 Sound Processor, with the addition of a built-in rechargeable battery designed for all-day hearingpaired with a new auto-on feature designed to simplify the daily routine.  

The simplicity of a Home Charger that charges, stores and dries the sound processor was one highlight, as well as the new tap interface.  One recipient specifically mentioned the impact of direct streaming while enjoying listening to music in bed, and also the ability to listen to WhatsApp messages without disturbing her partner!  During the global COVID pandemic, numerous patients commented on the ease of mask-wearing with the Kanso 2 Sound Processor, and this ease extended to those who wear glasses as well.  

During early access with the Kanso 2 Sound Processor fit on 85 individuals, clinicians noted that over half of the recipients who chose the Kanso 2 Sound Processor did so because of the desire to wear a processor in the off-the-ear position, while other key reasons included the integrated rechargeable battery and connectivity.4  Daily battery life was top of mind with new recipients, and our clinicians found that when fitting a new Kanso 2 Sound Processor the average estimated battery life calculated by fitting software was 22 hours4*, addressing those concerns.  Next, when recipients upgraded from our first generation Kanso Sound Processor they were likely to be fit with the same strength magnet, but when upgrading from a behind-the-ear (BTE) sound processor they often required a magnet strength increase. 

For more information about Cochlear’s latest innovations please visit Cochlear ProNews.

References:

  1. Cochlear Limited. D1336982. Cochlear Kanso Evaluation Survey - Recipients - October 2017. November 2017. n=129. Data on file.
  2. Cochlear Limited. D1343943. Cochlear Kanso Evaluation Survey - Clinicians - December 2017. December 2017. n=165. Data on file.
  3. Cochlear Ltd. D1710313 CP1150 Battery Life Coverage Technical Report. 2020; Mar. Data on file.
  1. Cochlear Limited. D1788166. Kanso 2 CMR Data Report.  August 2020.  N=85. Data on file.

*  Based on verification tests, expected battery life is up to 18 hours. Battery life may vary by individual. Cochlear Ltd. D1710313 

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This content is meant for professional use. If you are a consumer, 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. Views expressed are those of the individual. Consult your health professional to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology.

The Cochlear Kanso 2 Sound Processor, Nucleus 7 Sound Processor and Nucleus Smart App are compatible with Apple and Android devices, for compatibility information visit www.cochlear.com/compatibility


natasha mcdougald

Natasha McDougald

Product Manager: Sound Processors and Connectivity

Graduating in Management Information Systems, Natasha McDougald began her career as a system analyst working with tech companies in the Silicon Valley. Personal circumstances became a catalyst for career change; transitioning from desktop based computers to tiny embedded biomedical computers known as cochlear implants. Natasha has worked at Cochlear Americas for almost 10 years partnering with clinicians and surgeons at the University of Miami, UCSF, Stanford, UC Davis and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital of Oakland to bring cochlear implants to pediatric and adult patients. Extremely passionate, Natasha is professionally and personally invested in the implantable hearing industry and strives to forward the cause of those affected by hearing loss. She has presented numerous talks and courses on hearing loss, multiple disabilities, advocating skills and cochlear implantation to audiences in the medical-technology, educational, special needs and family support sectors.


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