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Cochlear Americas Announces New Nucleus Freedom' Sound Processor Compatibility for All Nucleus Implant Recipients

ENGLEWOOD, CO. February 27, 2008 Cochlear Americas, the world leader in cochlear implant technology, today announced that the flagship Nucleus Freedom' sound processor is now compatible with all previous Nucleus generation implants. This means that recipients implanted with earlier technology like Nucleus 22, Nucleus 24 ABI and Nucleus 24 Double Array implants can benefit from the latest hearing technology.

This new compatibility demonstrates Cochlears lifetime commitment to all of our Nucleus implant recipients, said Chris Smith, president, Cochlear Americas. Recipients implanted over 20 years ago can now enjoy many of the same benefits of future implant recipients. These innovations provide users with the freedom to enjoy music and handle even the most challenging situations such as conversations in a noisy restaurant as well as sports and activities around water.

The Nucleus Freedom' sound processor is the fifth upgrade for Nucleus 22 recipients and is designed to provide:

  • Proven water and sweat resistance
  • Superior hearing performance in a variety of environments with Cochlear's SmartSound'2 innovation technology
  • Rechargeable and/or disposable battery options
  • Digital technology to provide clear sound
  • An array of wearing options and colors

All accessories are available for purchase online or by calling 1 (800) 523-5798 (Voice and TTY) Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Mountain Time. For more information regarding the upgrade process, including reimbursement and ordering, visit: www.cochlear.com.

Our passionate dedication to providing the best hearing performance and more reliable technology has enabled our implant system to deliver the miracle of sound to over 130,000 individuals around the world.

About Cochlear Americas

Since launching the worlds first cochlear implant system more than 25 years ago, Cochlear Limited and its US headquarters, Cochlear Americas, have brought the miracle of sound to more than 130,000 hearing-impaired individuals across the globe. Cochlears state-of-the-art technologies, based on extensive research and development at preeminent academic institutions, restore the ability to hear sound and understand speechenhancing both learning capabilities and quality of life for those with severe to profound hearing loss. Cochlear has remained the market leader in its field thanks to an unwavering commitment to innovation, reliability and customer support. Numerous awards, as well as published scientific data, attest to Cochlears outstanding product line and unsurpassed performance. Cochlears promise Hear now. And Always reflects their philosophy of a lifetime commitment to those individuals who choose their product.

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