Cochlear™ Kanso® 2 Sound Processor
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3.8 stars from 18 reviews
About the Cochlear Kanso® 2
Kanso® 2 is the latest off-the-ear Nucleus® Sound Processor from Cochlear Ltd, the global leader in cochlear implants. Kanso® 2 offers many of the same benefits as Cochlear's behind-the-ear Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor, including direct streaming from compatible Apple or Android™ devices, dual microphones, wireless accessory compatability, water and dust protection, and signature Cochlear features like SmartSound® iQ (with SCAN) and ForwardFocus, for improved hearing in noisy situations.
- Wireless streaming from compatible Android/iOS devices
- Compatible with Cochlear True Wireless™ devices
- Rechargeable battery provides up to 18 hours
- Button-free IP68 design for dust and moisture resistance
- Waterproof with Aqua+ accessory
- Telecoil available through Cochlear Wireless Mini Microphone 2+
Cochlear Kanso® 2 Physical Specifications
|Cochlear Kanso® 2|
|IP Rating (Liquid)||8|
|IP Rating (Solid)||6|
|Made For iPhone||
Lowest iOS Version
|Water Resistant Coating|
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First my background…. I suffered complete sudden single sided hearing loss in my left ear over night 4 years ago this week. Initially went with CROS hearing aides as CI was not approved by insurance yet because with 100% hearing in other ear, “I wasn’t deaf enough”. They were okay, definitely better than nothing but not great. Now I am 12 weeks post-op and about 8 weeks since getting my Kanso2 activated. I couldn’t be more happy. 4 days after activation I was able to comprehend my first word. I was using an app called Word Hunt as my Cochlear Copilot access wasn’t working yet. I stayed up for hours on that ap and kept getting more and more words that night. I watched YouTube with the captions turned on over and over. You have to put it the hearing rehab work. I am still not 100% and there are sounds and music that still doesn’t sound right (like between radio stations) but I believe it will keep getting better. Now I use the copilot for word practice, especially choosing which word is correct vs two similar words. I love that ap.
As far as processor staying on my head. Initially it was an huge issue but my AuD told me to wear the headband as much as possible for 3 weeks so my skin flap could flatten. I did just that. I even got an extra headband which Cochlear delivered in 2 days so I could hand wash one and wear the other. I wore it from the time I woke up to the time I went to sleep (except for time to let my hair dry after shower). After 3 weeks I started trying to wear just with safety hair clip. It was good but still would fall off with quick movements, however that has continued to get better. Now I can wear it for an 11 hour work day as a Physical Therapist and it never falls off unless I forget and scratch my head and knock it off. I can even lean to my left with processor toward the ground and it stays on. It does take some time first thing in the morning when I put it on to get a good seal. I It will fall off 3 or 4 times in the first 20-30 minutes, but after that it stays well. I will say I have always had very short hair and I have continued to buzz the area of my CI to level 1 clipper, but I feel that is a small sacrifice for the ability to hear.
I was worried reading some of the reviews that I would not be happy but I couldn’t be more satisfied. I encourage all of you to do your best to put in the hearing rehab work and make sure you wear the processor as much as possible. Listen to a word over and over and over until you can understand it. Listen to familiar sounds over and over. I would stand under my kitchen clock with no other sounds going on and just listen to the tick, tick, tick. I flipped a light switch over and over.
I also got a ear plug for my good ear to decrease reliance on that ear and force my CI ear to do the listening (in the safety of my home of course).
Use tools like YouTube, Spotify, hearing hint & cochlear copilot frequently.
I know I was lucky as my hearing loss was only 4 years vs others with a longer hearing loss time but I am definitely an advocate of the Kanso2.
I hope this helps anyone having trouble or considering a Kanso2.
My Kanso 2 was activated on 02/18/2022. I had terrible problems with/echo-feedback and radio-in-between-stations phenomena. It was unusable. Technical issues resulted in replacement of processor on 03/18/2022. This resulted in better, but still unacceptable performance. I Consulted with Dr. Steven Zupancic, Dept. of Otolaryngology at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center on 04/04/2022. His software adjustments resulted in substantial improvement, but still not good communication. After some more fine-tuning, he instructed me to use it for two weeks and then return to consult with him. He anticipates that some more neurological improvement is possible. But he also allows for additional adjustment because the adjustments he made were “so large”. I have since spent a day in therapy and my understanding already seems to be improved. So I am hopeful that Dr. Zupancic will eventually be able to achieve an acceptable level of understanding.
The Kanso 2 works great for listening to conversations. The microphone works great using the controller in noisier rooms as well.
The one word if caution I offer is that the streaming feature is not working for me. I had two different Cochlear-trained technicians as well as a hearing aid specialist try to set it up so I could listen to music. Each is them went so far, then told me to go online.
The online help was too complicated for me, so many steps to go through in specific order and finally after months trying off and on, I did get it to stream music last night and it was so nice. But I turned off my devices and plugged them in for recharging overnight.
When I got up this morning, the device would not stream. I spent an hour or more trying to get it to function again and gave up. Music is important to me, but not worth the frustration of trying to get all the equipment to work properly.
For the basic function of listening to conversation, I find Kanso 2 to be great, a life saver, which is why I gave it four stars. For streaming to both ears, one a Cochkear and the other a Resound hearing aid, not so good. Too many different devices involved, each with step by step instructions that I found hard to follow.
I can only hope, should I live so long, that Cochlear would figure out how to simplify the streaming to both ears, because when the streaming works, it is very nice... If only I could get it to work without spending hours trying to set it up each time I wanted to listen.
Love that it is off the ear. Sound is good. Refuses to stay on my head! Any slight movement and it falls off. When I walk it feels like it bounces. I have the strongest battery available. Wearing the headband works but gives me headaches. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Have Kanso 2 and Nucleus 7. Both have weak magnets and Kanso is too heavy for given magnet. I have +5 magnet which is the strongest and still can't keep it on my head. I have very short hair and slight movement just takes Kanso 2 right off.
Sound quality is mediocre for both. It's been 8 montb and still sounds like chip Munk and very weak over the air sounds.
I stream from my phone and I can understand but sound qualitybis subpar. Luckily I have other ear somewhat working naturally so with over the ears headphone, I can hear things stereo but not my Kanso 2 itself.
I'm glad the insurance paid for these. I would've been very angry if I had to paid 10s of thousands of dollars.
Been 1 yr no difference.Still sounds like a radio in-be between stations.Can't tell where sound is coming from.Crowds make it worse. No word recognition.Too many accessories to make this any benefit for me which is what is need to make this work.Sorry I ever did it for my single-sided deafness.This is not for the technology challenged!This has made everything worse
I had my implant (Kanso 2) 4 months ago and still it won't stay on my head. My Nucleus 7 is the same way. I have to wear a headband to keep it on my head. The new MRI compatible magnet is not as powerful as it should be. WHY is the company still selling these I have no idea. This has been a constant problem for many consumers also. Just saying, Customer
I have the original Kanso battery operated . I now have the new Kanso 2. Only issue Im having is that it has fallen off frequently . This happens while I am trying to attach the hair clip. I use to put it high up and now it is at the bottom. Also I have found that the processor it sticks out of my hair when it is on my head which I never had a problem with the older one. Nice to be able to camouflage it. The nice option is that it works from the phone instead of a remote .
Been using it 3 months now. See no improvement.Has made hearing worse in crowds,Can't watch TV or tell where sound is coming from.(MY original issues) There is 2 different types of sound competing.Sound is like a radio in-between stations.I wish I could have heard this prior to getting CI. I never would have gone through all this.It is physically and mentally draining. I wear it 12hrs a day 7 days a week in hopes of seeing some improvement. This is not for SSD
I love my Kanso2! I find it extremely comfortable and have no problems keeping it on my head even while exercises. In fact, I never really think about it at all, it's so unobtrusive.
I have two. Works seamlessly with my cell phone. No on the ear hardware. No batteries to replace. Easy to use, dry, and charge. No hard to find button. Headband works great but slightly reduces hearing level. All in all, a really great hearing system.
I don’t like the way the hair clip safety line attaches at the bottom of the Kanso2. I previously had the Kanso and it attached on the sides. I would much rather be able to have the hair clip high on my head allowing the Kanso 2 to hang down over my internal magnet. Gravity works in favor for us who are at the highest strength magnet to have it hang in place.
I absolutely love the off the ear. I found myself giving up the Bluetooth of my N7 for my Kanso originally. Now that I have the Kanso2, with the off the ear and the Bluetooth it is amazing. The dry box/charger is also an amazing invention, so easy to use.
Thanks so much for all you do.
I've only had the Kanso 2 for about 2 weeks, but so far it is great. I've had cochlear implants now for about 12 years. The feature that I like best for the 2 is the phone streaming, that seems to work pretty good. I have had phone problems in the past, so the streaming feature is working well for me. I am still getting used to it for now. Also like the Nucleus App on the phone for regulating volume, that is also new to me. Overall I am a huge Cochlear fan, it has been a life changing experience for me.
I am fully enjoying the Kanso 2's for two main reasons: (1) the Kanso 2 is off the ear, and (2) I do not have to worry about inserting a rechargeable battery, as the Kanso 2 is a one-piece processor. Besides that, everything else is extra, but those extra features are all important, including the lasting charging-power of the rechargeable within the Kanso 2, which is more than enough and makes me feel that I can certainly rely on my processors.
I love the off the ear option, no problems with glasses or mask. The direct streaming is a game changer and enables me communicate easily over the phone. I enjoy music as well, and the sound quality is excellent! But best of all I don’t have to worry about the weather-IP68 means I don’t have to go deaf in the rain-which is a new sound I enjoy!
I am bi-lateral with Kanso 2's. I wasn't yet eligible for insurance upgrade on the 2nd one but I liked the first one so much I paid for the 2nd one.
Best part: No processors hanging on my ears that interfered with my glasses; no batteries to take off and charge; very easy to monitor and adjust from my phone with the Nucleus smart app; excellent battery life- would probably last two days but i charge both every night.
Nothing to dislike so far. have had them for about 6 weeks.
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