Getting to know Kanso®2

Learning new technology is always fun! Here are five tips about new features you’ll enjoy with your Cochlear™ Nucleus® Kanso® 2 Sound Processor.

Your new Cochlear™ Nucleus® Kanso® 2 Sound Processor has many great new features that you most likely didn’t have with your previous device. The User Guides that came with your sound processor are always a good resource, but sometimes you just want to get started with the best bits.

Check out some of the key features.

What is ForwardFocus and how do I use it? 

ForwardFocus reduces noise coming from behind, to help you better hear the person talking in front of you.1,2 Once your clinician has enabled ForwardFocus, you can control it via the Nucleus® Smart App* on your compatible Apple or Android™ smartphone*. Turn it on in the ‘Program’ tab, for example, when you’re in a shop or busy outdoor space, to focus on face-to-face conversations. When you return to your car or get back home where it’s quieter, simply turn ForwardFocus off until the next time you need it.

What can I do with the Nucleus Smart App? 

Like any other app you download from App Store or Google Play, the Nucleus Smart App is ready to use anytime, anywhere from your compatible smartphone. (In some regions there’s also a Smart App for Apple Watch.) The app is the easiest way to manage settings for your Kanso 2 Sound Processor: adjust the volume, set personalised hearing goals and control how you stream audio from Cochlear True Wireless™ Devices. You can even find a misplaced processor with Find My Processor. (That’s a particular favourite with parents!) 

How do I download and install the Nucleus Smart App? 

It’s easy to start. Download the app from App Store or Google Play, log in with your Cochlear account and follow the instructions to pair your Kanso 2 Sound Processor with your compatible device. If you don’t have a Cochlear Account yet, you can create one by selecting the ‘Create New Account’ option within the app.

For further information, follow this helpful video tutorial Get To Know the Nucleus Smart App.

You can also learn more at Nucleus® Smart App: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I stream calls, music and entertainment to my sound processor?

Direct streaming means that, once you have paired your sound processor to a compatible Apple or Android device, you’ll be able to hear the audio from phone calls, music and entertainment in your sound processor, without the need for any other external devices. If the phone rings, you can answer it without worrying if your Phone Clip is charged. You can listen to music, podcasts, movies and even GPS instructions via your device and only you will hear it.

Need help pairing your Kanso 2 Sound Processor? 

View here for Apple devices.

View here for Android devices.

What if I don’t have a compatible Apple or Android smartphone?

You don’t need to have a compatible Apple or Android device to use the Kanso 2 Sound Processor. You can stream calls and entertainment wirelessly to your Kanso 2 from any Bluetooth®-enabled phone using the Cochlear Wireless Phone Clip. You can also control your sound processor using the CR310 Remote Control.

What is Sound Check and how do I use it?

Sound Check is a new feature in the Nucleus Smart App – and unique to Kanso 2 – which lets you check that the microphones  on the Kanso 2 Sound Processor are functioning properly. (You can imagine that this is another feature that parents especially appreciate.) It works by recording the sound picked up by the microphones and playing it back via the phone, to assess the sound quality. If the Sound Check shows reduced microphone function, you may need to replace the microphone cover.

View How to use Sound Check with the Kanso® 2 Sound Processor.


* The Kanso 2 Sound Processor is compatible with Apple and Android devices. The Cochlear Nucleus Smart App is available on App Store and Google Play. For compatibility information visit


1 Cochlear Limited. D1376556. CLTD 5709 Clinical Evaluation of Nucleus 7 Cochlear Implant System. 2018; January.

2 Cochlear Limited. D1660797. CP1150 Sound Processor Interim Clinical Investigation Report. 2020; January.

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