Maria R.’s daughter Ariana was born 10 weeks premature and profoundly deaf

Ariana received her first Cochlear Implant when she was 2 years old, and the other when she was 8 years old.

Ariana has seen many versions of sound processors over the years, from body-worn to behind the ear. Now, at 13 years old, she is wearing the latest sound processor option, the Kanso®.

As the smallest, lightest off-the-ear sound processor on the market and the only one featuring dual microphones, the Kanso Sound Processor provides discretion, enhanced comfort as well as the most advanced hearing technology.1, 2

For Ariana, the new sound processor has taken some adjustment since she’s been used to a behind-the-ear sound processor for so long, but for her the sound quality is better than ever.

“To me, it was newer, clearer, it sounds better and it’s not as heavy as my behind-the-ear sound processor because it doesn’t go on your ear,” Ariana said.

Maria said she noticed an immediate change when Ariana began wearing the Kanso Sound Processors too.

When she asked Ariana if she liked the Kanso, Ariana responded, “No, I love it.”

Maria said the difference was tangible with Ariana’s new processors.

“That week went by and one of her interpreters at school sent me a text that said, ‘Whoa Maria, who is this kid you’ve sent to school?,’” Maria recalled. “’This is a whole different person. She is now talking to kids in the hallway she’s never talked to, raising her hand in class, she’s just one of the other kids. Her self-esteem was through the roof, she’s like a whole different kid now.’”

“I never thought (Ariana’s) self-esteem would go up like it has,” Maria said. “Her teacher said she’s just like any other kid. Not the kid with the Cochlear implant anymore, just Ariana.”

Maria said she is grateful for the ability to bring sound into her daughter’s life.

“I think that as mothers, we always want the best for our kids. I don’t think Ariana would be where she is if it wasn’t for her having access to sound.”

For more information on the Kanso Sound Processor and cochlear implants for your child with hearing loss, visit IWantYouToHear.com.


  1. Cochlear Limited. CP950 Kanso Sound Processor User Guide. Data on file, July 2016.
  2. MED-EL Medical Electronics. RONDO User Manual. Last accessed July 2016. Available at: https://www.medel.com/int/rondo.
Renee Oehlerking
Renee Oehlerking is the Public Relations Manager at Cochlear Americas where she is responsible for the region’s public relations and consumer marketing social media. Renee enjoys uncovering, telling and showcasing the inspiring stories of hearing implant recipients. As a recent transplant to Denver, Colorado, Renee enjoys exploring all that the state has to offer outdoors.