Claimed to be the smallest available sound processor in the market, it is designed to provide superior outcomes for the recipient.

It is built on new microchip platform, with five times the processing power of Nucleus 5 sound processor.

Along with Nucleus 6, the company introduced its third generation of input processing — SmartSound iQ.

SmartSound iQ delivers the broad range of input processing capabilities available including new background noise and wind noise solutions.

Earlier, the recipients had to change programs for variety of sound environments manually. Nucleus 6 comes with first scene classifier SCAN, which analyses the sound environment and then applies the best sound processing solutions to optimise hearing performance.

Cochlear CEO and president Dr Chris Roberts noted with Nucleus 6, the company has built on its long history of innovation in sound processing to give its recipients the best technology available so they can hear their best in real world hearing situations.

"Cochlear remains committed to providing its recipients with the opportunity to hear their best throughout their lifetime, no matter when they received their implant.

"Nucleus 6 is currently compatible with all Nucleus CI24RE and Nucleus CI500 implants and Cochlear is working hard to ensure that recipients with earlier implants will soon be able to access this new technology," Dr Roberts added.