Product Comparison Chart

Product Comparison Chart
Cochlear™ Nucleus ® 6 Sound Processor
Product Comparison Chart
COCHLEAR™
NUCLEUS® FREEDOM®
SOUND PROCESSOR
COCHLEAR™
NUCLEUS® 5
SOUND PROCESSOR
Year Introduced
2005
2009
2013
Size
Small
SP12 with 3 zinc air
standard controller
Smaller
24% Smaller than the
Freedom CP810 with
standard disposable
batteries
Smallest
41% smaller than the
Nucleus Freedom
22% smaller than the
Nucleus 5 CP920 with
Standard Disposable Battery
Weight
Average
Lighter
Lightest
The Nucleus 6 Sound Processor is light and has a low profile designed for a more
24% Lighter than the Nucleus comfortable fit behind the ear. In fact, the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor is 24% lighter
Freedom with 3 Zinc Air
than the Nucleus Freedom Sound Processor.3
Batteries
Next-Generation
Microchip
No
No
Yes
At the heart of the Nucleus 6 is a microchip with five times the processing power as
the industry-leading Nucleus 5 Sound Processor. The extra power supports the latest
breakthroughs, such as data logging, and future sound processing technologies. Our
Nucleus Implants are designed to last a lifetime with a flexible architecture and power
to allow for future upgradeability. This way, implant recipients can take advantage of
new technology as they become available unlike some companies. This allows our
recipients with implant models as far back as our first (Nucleus 22) to upgrade to the
newest technology.4
Choice of Different
Size Sound
Processor Units
No
No
Yes
Upgrading to Nucleus 6 opens up two options to accommodate the way you live:
namely, the CP910 Sound Processing Unit with direct audio input and the smaller
CP920 Sound Processing Unit. Either choice comes with enhanced tactile controls,
improved coil profile, auto-FM, LED indicators, built-in 2.4GHz wireless technology,
and other design features Implant recipients value.
Total Cost of
Ownership
Standard
Standard
Lower
25% less than Nucleus 5
After your initial investment in the upgraded system, you will start seeing the
long-term advantages of reduced costs for accessories, maintenance and replacement
supplies, such as microphone protectors and rechargeable batteries.5
Data Logging
No
No
Yes
Life moves so fast, it’s hard enough to recall everything that happened yesterday, let
alone last month. Data logging does it automatically by recording exactly how your
sound processor is being used every day. Your audiologist gets a more complete picture
of your hearing experiences without gaps or guesswork. From now on, adjustments can
be truly evidence-based.
Water Resistance
— IP44 Rating
Yes
Yes
Yes
With its new water repellant nano coating, you can relax around water and be confident
your system is protected. The Nucleus 6 with disposable batteries has an IP44 water
resistance rating for full confidence in rain, splashes of water and sweat.6
Water Resistance
— IP57 Rating
No
Yes
Yes
A water resistance rating of IP57 is your invitation to the pool without special coverings
or annoying wires. The system's special nano coating can withstand sweat, rain or
splashes of water.7
Water Resistance
— IP68 with
Cochlear™
Nucleus® Aqua+
No
Yes
Yes
You can expand your water fun even further when you add the Cochlear ™ Nucleus®
Aqua+ to your Nucleus 6 Sound Processor. With this transparent enclosure, the level
of moisture protection increases from IP57 to IP68.8 The Aqua+ opens up a whole world
of water activities such as swimming underwater, surfing the waves, taking a shower,
and many more.
Auto-FM
No
No
Yes
Children in a classroom and adults who prefer the extra comfort of assistive technology
will appreciate the sensitivity of the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor to switch automatically
to FM when it detects an FM system in the classroom or conference room. When the
teacher or lecturer finishes talking through the FM system, the sound processor will
automatically revert to the default program as set by the clinician.
Auto On
No
No
Yes
The Nucleus 6 Sound Processor turns On automatically when you attach a battery
module and Off when separated from your implant for more than 2 minutes.
Auto-Telecoil
No
Yes
Yes
The Nucleus 6 Sound Processor automatically switches the built-in telecoil On when
you place the phone over your sound processor to give you safe, hands-free mobility
through a Bluetooth® headset. The telecoil also automatically links with FM Neckloops
and room loop systems.
Wireless Phone
Use Options
Manual Telecoil
Dual Microphones
Auto-Telecoil
Dual Microphones,
Auto-Telecoil and PhoneClip
Easy access to the phone is critical in this mobile age, and you will want a variety of
options to meet your individual needs. The Wireless Phone Clip allows you to stream
phone calls directly to your sound processor. You can answer and adjust the volume
just by pushing a button. The same goes for all Bluetooth® enabled devices and MP3
music players.
Dual Microphone
Technology
Yes Rear Microphone is
Omnidirectional only
in certain settings Front
Microphone is Directional
Yes Both rear and front
Yes Both rear and front
microphones are calibrated microphones are calibrated
and omnidirectional
and omnidirectional all
the time
Calibrated, omnidirectional microphones serve as an enhanced suite of directionality
for improved listening in noise. Dual microphones allow the sound processor to
determine where sounds are coming from. Using this information, the sound processor
can block competing sounds from the back and sides, allowing you to focus on the
sounds from the front.
Input Processing
SmartSound Technology
SmartSound Technology
SmartSound Technology
Input processing is designed to deliver the best signal to the implant.
Input Processing
Generation
I
II
III
Input processing algorithms are refined and improved in each new generation
with Nucleus 6 poised to be the most advanced ever.
Hearing
Performance
SmartSound® Technology
One Omnidirectional
and One Directional
Microphone
SmartSound® 2
Technology Dual
Omnidirectional
Microphones
SmartSound® iQ
Technology Dual
Omnidirectional
Microphones
The Nucleus 6 features breakthrough performance with the latest in microchip
technology. With 5X the processing power of the industry leading Nucleus 5, the new
chip provides the platform for a vast array of technologies designed to improve your
hearing experience. The new Nucleus 6 Sound Processor automatically adapts to
ensure that you hear your personal best in any environment. SmartSound iQ9 filters out
background noise and optimizes your hearing experience by focusing on sounds that are
most important to you. Recent research studies show that people who have upgraded
to the Nucleus 6 demonstrated a remarkable improvement in their understanding of
sentences, with individual increases up to 77%.10,11
Remote
Control Options
None
One Bi-Directional
CR110 Remote Assistant
Two Bi-Directional CR210
Remote Control CR230
Remote Assistant
Simple control: The discreet, pocketsize CR210 Remote Control has a handy display
that allows you to make simple adjustments to settings, such as volume, sensitivity and
telecoil without touching your sound processor. Advanced monitoring: The full-featured
CR230 Remote Assistant with intuitive design and a full-color display maximizes your
monitoring and management of your hearing.
Simultaneous
Bilateral Control
No
Yes CR110
Yes CR210 and CR230
Controlling both the left and right sound processor simultaneously is more convenient
than making changes to each side independently.
Sound Processor
Covers
No
Yes
Yes
Coil Covers
No
Yes
Yes
With sound processor and coil covers in 12 bright colors and patterns, you might choose
one to match today’s outfit. The Nucleus 6 Sound Processor permits use of the Snugfit
with the sound processor cover on the sound processor.
True
Wireless
Telecoil or
MicroLink only
Euro Pin or
Telecoil only
3rd Generation –
Direct to Processor
Telecoil or Euro Pin
FEATURE
1.When comparing the CP920 with Compact Battery configuration with the Nucleus Freedom
Sound Processor with the 3-zinc air Standard Controller.
2.When comparing the CP920 with Compact Battery configuration with the Nucleus 5 Sound
Processor with Standard Disposable Battery configuration.
3.When comparing the CP920 with Compact Rechargeable Battery configuration with the
Nucleus Freedom Sound Processor with the 3-zinc air Standard Controller.
4.The Nucleus 6 Sound Processor is compatible with the Nucleus 24 System (N24), Nucleus
Freedom System (CI24RE) and Nucleus 5 System (CI422 and CI500 Series) Implants. The
timeframe for the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor release for Nucleus 22 Implants depends on
research and development timelines, manufacturing processes, and FDA approval processes.
Cochlear Americas estimates the latest technology for Nucleus 22 to be available in 2015.
5.As compared to Nucleus® 5 and Nucleus® Freedom® Sound Processors. Based on coil cable,
rechargeable battery, microphone protector, earhooks, and remote assistant.
FUN1890 ISS5 OCT15
COCHLEAR™
NUCLEUS® 6
SOUND PROCESSOR
WHY IT MATTERS
The Nucleus 6 Sound Processor is smaller than its predecessors and its modular design
stays comfortably in place and can fit children as well as adults. In fact, the Nucleus 6
Sound Processor is almost 41% smaller than the Nucleus Freedom Sound Processor1
and 22% smaller than the Nucleus 5 Sound Processor.2
The Nucleus 6 Sound Processor is equipped with the same 2.4 GHz wireless technology
you’ll find in Bluetooth® and other truly wireless devices. You’ll hear conversations, phone
calls and even the TV straight from the source. Make ample use of Bluetooth-enabled
music players or hearing aids without wires, headphones or other gadgets dangling from
your neck. Audio signals from your TV, stereo and GPS will be channeled right into your
sound processor, much like an extra speaker. The Wireless Mini Microphone may improve
sentence recognition by as much as 50-60%.11
6.The Nucleus 6 Sound Processor is water resistant to level IP44 of the International Standard
IEC60529. This water protection means that the sound processor is splash resistant and the
Nucleus 6 Sound Processor must not be immersed in water.
10.Wolfe, J., et al (2015). The Benefits of Adaptive Signal Processing in a Commercially
Available Cochlear Implant Sound Processor, Otology & Neurotology. (In press). Average
Improvement: 27 Percentage Points.
7. The Nucleus 6 Sound Processor is water resistant to level IP57 of the International Standard
IEC60529. This water protection rating means that the sound processor is not only splash
resistant, but it can be submerged into three feet of still water for up to 30 minutes. This water
protection only applies when you use rechargeable batteries. Not intended for swimming.
11.Investigation of Nucleus 6 Sound Processing Input Processing in Cochlear Implant
Recipients, IDE G130246 Clinical Investigation Report. September 30, 2014. 37.5
Percentage Point Improvement.
8.The Nucleus 6 Sound Processor with the Aqua+ is water resistant to level IP68 of the
International Standard IEC60529. This water protection only applies when you use the Aqua+
and rechargeable batteries. Not compatible with the acoustic component.
9.It is recommended that SNR-NR, WNR, and SCAN be made available to any recipient ages 6
years and older, who is able to 1) complete objective speech perception testing in quiet and
noise in order to determine and document performance 2) report a preference for different
program settings.
©2015 Cochlear Limited. All rights reserved. Hear now. And always and other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of Cochlear Limited.
12.Wolfe, J., et al (2015). The Benefits of Adaptive Signal
Processing in a Commercially Available Cochlear Implant
Sound Processor, Otology & Neurotology. (In press)
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