Kanso: New Cochlear Implant Processor

We had a surprise box delivered this week! 

My new cochlear implant processors that we have been waiting on for six months finally arrived!  

It’s an upgrade with better sound, but also has brand new features.

One thing it is not: rechargeable.  We have had rechargeable implants for years now.  Going back to batteries feels like regression.  

That makes me nervous.  Batteries are a pain.  Each processor takes two, and you never know when they will go out.  I have enjoyed the freedom of just having my batteries charged during the night and being good to go for my long days.  But, worst case, even if we don’t have money for more batteries, I guess I can just go back to my old processors since I still have them.

But the new features are super exciting!

It’s the Kanso!  And it’s so tiny!

For comparison, here is our current processor (with covers so you can see them more easily):

The part on my ear is the computer processor and the battery, then the coil goes to the magnet that connects it to the part inside my head.

The new one is just a small piece with everything in one, so nothing sits on my ear!

It comes with all kinds of tools and gadgets, for maintenance and also for new things like streaming by Bluetooth now!  I can for the first time, listen to podcasts and music and audiobooks from my phone!

Even though I am frustrated to be reliant on batteries again, putting them in was super easy:

It’s so tiny!

There are little loops to hook onto my shirt in case it falls – like a child’s – but I have to get my magnets sized first.  If they are too loose, the processors fall off too easily.  If they are too tight, it can cause wounds from pinching the skin from where the implants are in my skull and the scalp that is over them.  Mine are really loose right now, so they fall off a lot, but new magnets have been ordered and are coming.

There are so many new sounds I can hear, and so many combinations of sounds.  Sometimes that is terrifying.  Some things are really exciting.  I have been playing cello music all morning, and that has been very soothing.  Technology is amazing!

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About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Kanso: New Cochlear Implant Processor — 2 Comments

  1. Would you say this would be suitable for a 20 year old who wants to buy one because she’s sick of having something behind her ear and would like the freedom to tie up hair and not feel so self conscious about people seeing it? also has sensitive skin around where the magnet is so it doesn’t feel too ‘heavy’?

    • Maybe, but our magnet is actually tighter because it is harder to stay on. She should be able to try one on at the audiologist before buying them. I did!