Summer means hot days and more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Whatever you’re planning, it’s important to keep your sound processor performing at its best. To help, here’s a list of top tips to help you care for your sound processor.


What does summer mean for you? Whether it’s hitting the beach, hiking in the hills or staying inside to keep out of the heat, you may not be aware of what the hotter weather means for your sound processor.

With these six tips, you can feel confident that your device is being properly cared for and that you’ll get the most out of your hearing when choosing your next adventure.

1. Keep it clean

Protecting your skin from the sun is important, but it’s best to put on sunscreen before putting on your sound processor. And continue to be mindful when reapplying sunscreen throughout the day. The same applies to insect repellent, cosmetics or any other product that could get on to your device and affect its performance, especially liquids and aerosols. If you get anything on your sound processor, wipe it with a microfiber cloth. And at the end of the day, clean your device as part of your daily maintenance.

Daily maintenance for your device

  • Wipe it dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
  • Check it and remove any dirt or debris.
  • Place it in its storage case with drying unit to remove any humidity and moisture

2. Keep it dry

Splashing in the pool, playing in the ocean or working up a sweat exposes your sound processor to water and moisture. While Cochlear™ Nucleus® 7, Kanso® 2, Baha® 6 Max and Osia® 2 sound processors are splash-proof, dust-proof, and water-resistant1, repeated exposure to salt, chlorinated water or sweat can cause damage over time as they can be corrosive.

If you have a Nucleus 6, Nucleus 7, Kanso, Kanso 2 or Osia 2 Sound Processor, don’t forget to pack a Cochlear Aqua+ reusable silicone sleeve to keep your device dry. With it you can snorkel, kayak or surf while soaking up the sound of the waves or the chatter of friends. With the Aqua+ you can enjoy the water for up to two hours and at a depth of up to three meters.2

When living in a humid climate or planning a holiday where you expect high humidity, be aware of how it could affect your sound processor. Try to keep it dry by wiping it with a dry, clean cloth and storing it in its drying unit at night.

If you’ve worked up a sweat while exercising, take off your sound processor, dry it with a cloth and store it in the drying unit before you rinse off in the shower.

Your drying unit plays an important role in protecting and maintaining your processor: use it every night. It’s specifically designed to remove moisture and humidity from your processor. Remember to replace your dry bricks every three months. If you use a Kanso 2 Sound Processor, your Home Charger includes a dehumidifying function and doesn’t require any dry bricks.

3. Keep out of direct sunlight

It’s best to protect your sound processor from extreme temperatures as well as long periods of direct sunlight. Please don’t leave your sound processor in the car where it can get very hot (neither should you put it in the fridge on a very hot day). When not in use, keep your device in its designated Cochlear storage case.

Caring for your sound processor

4. Keep the sand out

There’s nothing like a day at the beach – whether you’re relaxing by a lake or at the ocean. Make sure you complete your daily maintenance and clean your sound processor at the end of the day. Check it for sand and other debris to remove any small granules.

5. Keep it secure

There are many opportunities to have fun in summer that involve getting active -‑ enjoying rides at an amusement park, splashing around the ocean or trying out new leisure activities. Keeping your sound processor secure with a retention device will give you confidence that it will stay put wherever your adventures take you.

Did you know Cochlear has introduced a new accessory for the Kanso 2 Sound Processor? The Kanso Halo accessory is designed to keep your device more securely in place, so you can choose your next adventure with added peace of mind.

You’ll find all available options to suit your processor model on the Cochlear Store

6. Keep space accessories

Planning a summer vacation? When packing your suitcase, make sure you have the essentials you need to stay on air, including spare batteries and microphone protectors or covers, depending on the type of sound processor you use. The Cochlear Storage Case is a convenient way to keep everything organized and protected during your travels.

Shop now to enjoy summer knowing how to care for your Cochlear sound processor.

  1. The Cochlear Nucleus 6 and 7 sound processors are dust and water resistant to level IP57 of the International Standard IEC60529 when using a rechargeable battery module and level IP54 when using a disposable battery module. The Cochlear Nucleus Kanso Sound Processor is dust and water resistant to level IP54 of the International Standard IEC60529. The Cochlear Nucleus Kanso 2 Sound Processor is dust and water resistant to level of IP68 of the International Standard IEC60529. The Cochlear Baha 5 Sound Processor and Baha 5 Max Sound Processor, with battery compartment excluded, is dust and water resistant to level IP63 of the International Standard IEC60529. The Cochlear Baha 6 Max Sound Processor, with battery compartment excluded, is dust and water resistant to level IP68 of the International Standard IEC60529. The Cochlear Osia 2 Sound Processor, with battery compartment excluded, is dust and water resistant to level IP57 of the International Standard IEC60529. The Osia 2 Sound Processor with Aqua+ is water resistant to level IP68 when used with LR44 alkaline or nickel metal hydride disposable batteries. Refer to the relevant user guide for more information.
  2. The Aqua Accessory and the Aqua+ sleeve are dust and water resistant to level IP68 of the International Standard IEC60529 and can be continuously submerged under water to a depth of up to 3 metres for up to 2 hours. Refer to the relevant User Guide for more information.
Keri Olmstead
Keri Olmstead is a Recipient Services Marketing Manager at Cochlear Americas. She manages Cochlear Family and builds content and communications for recipients. Keri is excited to share the amazing stories from our recipients. She is a Colorado native who enjoys hiking, sports and horseback riding.