MED-EL has received FDA approval for the latest generation BTE cochlear implant processor – the SONNET. The processor will be available in the spring of 2015.
The processor has one battery option – two zinc-air cells, providing up to 60 hours of battery life. The battery cover accepts 3-pin FM connectors, and also features a direct audio input port.
In addition to a built-in telecoil, a 2.4GHz radio is included for future connectivity options.
SONNET is water-resistant, with an IP54 rating. With only a zinc-air battery option available at the moment, a fully waterproof system seems like it needs to wait for a rechargeable battery option.
Read the announcement here.