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Cochlear launches Kanso first off-the-ear hearing device

·         Cochlear Limited releases its latest innovation with the launch of Kanso™- Cochlear’s first off-the-ear sound processor

·         Kanso combines best-in-class hearing performance with a discreet design that puts hearing loss out of sight

·         Kanso is a discreet solution for anyone eligible for a Cochlear™ implant or anyone who already has a Cochlear™ implant and wishes to upgrade to the latest design

Bangalore, September 2, 2016 : Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), the world leader in implantable hearing solutions, today released its newest innovation – Kanso  cochlear – a sound processor combining the most advanced sound processing technology with a discreet design.

Ms Vandana Pisharody, Regional Director, South Asia at Cochlear welcomed the launch of Kanso Cochlear explaining it is a remarkable step forward in offering solutions that address an important unmet need for customers living with hearing loss.

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Cochlear launches first off-the-ear hearing device

Cochlear Kanso Sound Processor

“Our recipients are at the heart of everything we do and this innovation is in direct response to us listening to our customers.  We identified the need in the market place for a solution that provides the advanced technology of a Cochlear sound processor combined with a discreet design. Kanso offers our customers all that and much more,” explained Ms Pisharody.

Kanso is the smallest and lightest off-the-ear sound processor on the market1-2 providing the wearer with both discretion as well as enhanced comfort. The new technology is simple, discreet and smart as it has the ability to automatically adjust to different hearing environments providing a seamless experience from visiting a restaurant, to going to the movies.

Kanso includes state-of-the-art Cochlear True Wireless™ technology, which helps people use the phone, hear over distance and in noisy situations.3 The True Wireless range of accessories allows the wearer to stream conversation, phone calls, music and television programs directly to their sound processor.3

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this new technology to the millions of people around the world living with disabling hearing loss,” said Mr Jan Janssen, Senior Vice President of Design and Development, Cochlear. “Kanso features Cochlear’s industry-leading technology, including dual microphones, SmartSound® iQ with SCAN and True Wireless technology which all enable the wearer to hear better in difficult listening situations. Kanso provides wearers with best-in-class hearing performance in the real world.”

In Kanso clinical trials, 88% of people rated their overall hearing performance with Kanso to be the same or better than with their behind-the-ear sound processor.4 Most participants rated Kanso better than their own behind-the-ear sound processor on measures of comfort, look and feel and ease of use, with 93% of users rating listening to music with Kanso to be the same or better as with their behind-the-ear processor.4

Hearing loss is often not thought of as a debilitating health issue.  However in adulthood it is associated with greater unemployment, increased risk of poor health, depression and increased risk of other conditions including dementia.5 Increasingly, evidence is showing cochlear implantation for adults as an effective intervention for a much wider group of candidates than had previously been thought.5

The latest sound processor technology is called Kanso - a Japanese word for ‘simplicity’ – in recognition of the products sleek, discreet design that can be hidden under the wearers’ hair. Kanso will be available in India from 01 September 2016.