Innovative Nucleus 7 Sound Processor cochlear implant technology allows people with hearing loss to directly control, monitor their hearing on any compatible smartphone via the Nucleus Smart App.



Centennial, Colo. (June 27, 2018) — Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announces the upcoming release of the Nucleus® Smart App for Android in the United States and Canada, offering greater connectivity than ever before for people with hearing loss and a cochlear implant. Cochlear implant recipients with the Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor can now control their hearing with the Nucleus Smart App* from a compatible Android device, allowing them to monitor and adjust their settings, view personalized hearing information and even locate a missing sound processor, all from the convenience of their smartphone.

Android Smartphone and Nucleus 7 Sound Processor

Since the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor was first launched in 2017 as the world’s first Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor**, Cochlear has been working to extend the benefits of its industry-leading technology to Android smartphone users.1

Embracing digital technologies that enhance the experience and hearing performance for our customers is a key focus of our product innovation

“Embracing digital technologies that enhance the experience and hearing performance for our customers is a key focus of our product innovation,” said Tony Manna, President, Cochlear Americas. “With the launch of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor last year, we were the first in our industry to introduce a Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor, still the only one to offer direct streaming to a compatible Apple device. Now we are pleased to offer Android users the ability to use the Nucleus Smart App to track their hearing and access new features. We are committed to giving people who are living with disabling hearing loss greater choices when it comes to controlling their hearing experience.”

Along with the release of the Nucleus Smart App for Android, Cochlear has also added a first-of-its-kind control feature called ForwardFocus*** available to compatible smartphone users of the app. The user-activated control feature allows the wearer to hear better in a challenging listening environment such as a noisy restaurant. When switched on, the ForwardFocus feature reduces distracting noise coming from behind a person so they can more easily enjoy a face-to-face conversation.2

The Nucleus Smart App, which is exclusively compatible with the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, offers a range of first-of-its-kind features for users. From locating a lost or misplaced sound processor using the Find My Processor feature, to confidently tracking progress with the Hearing Tracker feature, or reducing noise from behind with the ForwardFocus feature, users can experience unprecedented connectivity and performance in managing their hearing.

In addition to the new connectivity and performance features, the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor will be available for the first time to people with a Nucleus 24 Series Implant (CI24R/CI24M).3 This means thousands more people from all over the world living with disabling hearing loss will be able to experience the innovative Nucleus 7 Sound Processor technology for the first time.

Availability of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor differs from country to country. The anticipated availability of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor for Nucleus 24 Series Implant recipients, Android compatibility with the Nucleus Smart App and ForwardFocus in the United States and Canada is late summer 2018.

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  1. Apple Inc. ‘Compatible hearing devices’ [Internet]. Apple support. 30 March, 2018 [cited May 2018]. Available from:
  2. Cochlear Limited. D1376556.CLTD5709 Acceptance and Performance with the Nucleus 7 Cochlear Implant System with Adult Recipients. 2018 Jan; data on file.
  3. Cochlear Limited.D1224199-1, NEO-XS Extensions System Project Version 7.0 RC1 System End to End Verification Report, 1.D. 2017, May; data on file.
* The Nucleus Smart App is compatible with iPhone 5 (or later) and iPod 6th generation devices (or later) running iOS 10.0 or later. To use the Nucleus Smart App for Android, your device will need to run Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or later and support Bluetooth 4.0 or later. For a list of verified devices, visit
** The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is compatible with iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, iPad (4th generation) and iPod touch (6th generation) using iOS 10.0 or later.
*** ForwardFocus can only be enabled by a hearing implant specialist. It should only be activated for users 12 years and older who are able to reliably provide feedback on sound quality and understand how to use the feature when moving to different or changing environments. It may be possible to have decreased speech understanding when using ForwardFocus in a quiet environment.
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Information accurate as of May 2018.


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Cara Lippitt
Cara Lippitt is the Senior Manager, Social Media Strategy at Cochlear Americas. Cara is inspired by the stories of the recipients that she is able to tell and the incredible journeys they have taken. Cara was born and raised in Colorado and adores the mountains, snow and the world of musical theatre.