Awards keep coming for the Nucleus® 8 Sound Processor!

Why our awards should matter to you

You may not have heard of a Red Dot Award or even the Good Design Awards, but there’s a chance you are using a product that has won at least one of these prestigious international awards! Some of our products, including our latest release – the Cochlear™ Nucleus® 8 Sound Processor – have won a Good Design Award and/or the Red Dot Award for outstanding engineering and product design.

Such awards are external validation of our design capability compared to other leading companies, and demonstration that we are helping you to hear more clearly, more comfortably and to connect with your world.

Jan Janssen, Chief Technology Officer at Cochlear explains that awards are “a great opportunity to create awareness around hearing loss in a world that still has very limited understanding of what cochlear implants are.”

He goes on to explain. “Awards confirm the value of how we try to improve the outcomes for customers. It is a sign that our products are well designed and have the functionality that recipients are looking for.”

Having received awards for other devices including the Nucleus 7 and 5 sound processors as well as the Cochlear Baha 5® Sound Processor, Cochlear listened to recipients and applied their feedback to the design of the Nucleus 8 Sound Processor.

Recipients wanted a product that would fit the ear more ergonomically, that would improve their hearing outcomes and provide better connectivity.

SmartSound® iQ2 with SCAN2 technology on our sound processors helps by automatically adjusting to support you to hear your best in different hearing environments.1-4 ForwardFocus technology works by reducing the noise coming from behind you so you can more easily hear face-to-face conversations.5 The Nucleus 8 Sound Processor offers improvements in this technology.*#

“We get a lot of feedback on the size and comfort of the product,” says Jan. “Size isn’t a trivial thing – so to be able to improve the technology while also making it smaller with the Nucleus 8 Sound Processor is great.”

Find out how your feedback and suggestions helped us develop the technology that won this award. Read <<You spoke. We listened>>


1.      Cochlear Limited. D1864200 SCAN 2 Design Description. 2022, Apr.

2.      Mauger SJ, Warren C, Knight M, Goorevich M, Nel E. Clinical evaluation of the Nucleus 6 cochlear implant system: performance improvements with SmartSound iQ. International Journal Of Audiology. 2014, Aug; 53(8): 564-576. [Sponsored by Cochlear]

3.      Mauger S, Jones M, Nel E, Del Dot J. Clinical outcomes with the Kanso™ off-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor. International Journal Of Audiology. 2017, Jan 9; 1-10. [Sponsored by Cochlear]

4.      Wolfe J, Neumann S, Marsh M, Schafer E, Lianos L, Gilden J, O’Neill L, Arkis P, Menapace C, Nel E, Jones M. Benefits of Adaptive Signal Processing in a Commercially Available Cochlear Implant Sound Processor. Otol Neurotol. 2015 Aug; 36(7):1181-90. [Sponsored by Cochlear]

5.      Cochlear Limited. D1964109 Clinical Investigation Report CLTD5804 – Feb 2022.


*Compared to previous generation Nucleus 7 and Nucleus 6 Sound Processors.

# Compared to Nucleus 7 Sound Processor with ForwardFocus on.

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