Cochlear, an Australian firm, won FDA regulatory approval to bring to the U.S. its Kanso Sound Processor. The Kanso is the hearing part for interfacing with cochlear implants, capturing sounds using two microphones, converting them into a digital signal, and passing them to an implant under the skin. The implant delivers these signals to the cochlea where hearing nerve fibers absorb them and sends them to the brain.
Most other cochlear devices use what looks like a traditional hearing aid as the microphone and sound processor, but the off-the-ear design of the Kanso gives you a better chance at hiding the fact that you are wearing a hearing aid. And since it comes in any one of eight colors, the job will be even easier.
It has a single button on its body for basic controls and a separate remote control for managing all the other settings.
Some details according to Cochlear:
The Kanso Sound Processor has the same proven technology as the Cochlear™Nucleus® 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. Customers can also swim with their Kanso Sound Processor using the waterproof Aqua+ for Kanso accessory.