MED-EL RONDO 2 Announcement

MED-EL Announces RONDO 2: A True Revolution in Cochlear Implants

RONDO 2 is the first cochlear implant audio processor that can be charged wirelessly. This ground-breaking new design takes away the need for disposable batteries, making RONDO 2 the easiest-to-use audio processor ever made.

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September 15, 2017 — (Innsbruck, Austria) — MED-EL, leading provider of hearing loss solutions, has launched the first cochlear implant audio processor with wireless charging.

Powering up RONDO 2 couldn’t be easier. Users simply have to place it on the charging pad and it will charge automatically. Each 4 hour charge gives an exceptional 18 hours of battery life—in other words, a full day of hearing from one overnight charge.

This simple design means that for the first time, cochlear implant users will not have to deal with the hassles of changing batteries or adjusting their processor. They can just put on RONDO 2 each morning, and then forget about it for the rest of the day.

“We’re so used to charging our mobile devices at home overnight,” says Gregor Dittrich, Director of Product Management at MED-EL. “You charge your phone and tablet in this way, so why not your audio processor? It’s the next logical step for cochlear implants and we’re so excited to be pioneering the way forward”.

RONDO 2’s single-unit design is sleeker and more streamlined than ever before. It is perfect to wear with glasses or hide completely under hair. With the interchangeable Design Covers, users can also make RONDO 2 blend in with their natural hair colour, or match their own unique style.

And of course, with waterproof covers, and Bluetooth accessories for easy connectivity with phones—RONDO 2 is ideal for a busy, modern lifestyle.

RONDO 2 will be available from the beginning of 2018, depending on country. Visit rondo2.medel.com for more information.

Talk About Hearing Loss!

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In honor of National Grandparent’s Day on September 10, MED-EL USA released new survey results today that indicate a growing acceptance of conversations surrounding hearing loss. The survey also found that family members and major life events would play a key role in motivating people with hearing loss or difficulty hearing to have their hearing checked. Survey highlights include:

  • Nearly half of Americans – 46% – know someone with hearing loss or difficulty hearing, and 64% have had a conversation with that person about it
  • 83% of adults said that they would feel comfortable talking with someone they knew if they thought they may be experiencing hearing loss or difficulty hearing, signaling a potential shift in overcoming stigma that has traditionally surrounded hearing loss
  • 79% of adults 65 and over said that if a family member or loved one approached them about having their hearing checked because they were experiencing hearing loss or difficulty hearing it would motivate them to do so
  • 66% of Americans said that a major life event (e.g., marriage, birth of a child/grandchild, health scare) would motivate them to get their hearing checked if they were experiencing hearing loss or difficulty hearing

Time it Right! When Should I Get a Cochlear Implant?

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MED-EL has launched the latest issue of its flagship EXPLOREMAGAZINE, which aims to raise awareness about the importance of hearing loss through inspiring and extraordinary stories. In this edition, called EXPLORETIME, readers will discover the crucial role that time plays in our lives, and how it affects our decisions and structures our day. This is a great, FREE resource for hearing health professionals, parents and CI recipients.

One of the most interesting articles is about deciding when is the best time to get an implant for you or a family member.  Time It Right discusses considerations for babies, older children, and adults about the affects cochlear implants can have on quality of life at various stages.

The entire EXPLORETIME issue is available for your reading pleasure.

Children’s Invention Competition for People with Hearing Loss

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MED-EL announces a global competition for kids age 6-11. Aspiring inventors and artists are invited to create a piece of artwork showcasing their invention to improve the quality of life of people living with hearing loss.

One U.S. winner will be awarded $1000 deposit into a college savings plan of their choice, and an entry into an international competition for a grand prize of a trip for the winner and an adult chaperone to MED-EL’s global headquarters in Innsbruck, Austria.

MED-EL SONNET Rechargeable Battery Announcement

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As reported earlier on cochlear implant HELP, MED-EL announces FDA approval of rechargeable batteries for the SONNET processor, and also approval of the Mini Battery Pack for SONNET.

The rechargeable batteries will be available in a standard size with up to 10 hours of listening, or micro size, battery life not reported. The rechargeable batteries are compatible with WaterWear.

The Mini Battery Pack will house a single AAA battery in an off-ear configuration, with up to 37 hours of battery life.

MED-EL WaterWear for OPUS 2 and SONNET Coming Soon

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MED-EL announced that WaterWear covers for the OPUS 2 and SONNET processors will be available late summer 2016 in the United States. Note that Zinc-Air batteries do not work in an airtight environment, so most likely 675 LR44 button cells will need to be used in conjunction with WaterWear.

In related news, MED-EL also received FDA approval for a rechargeable battery for the SONNET processor, which may work in conjunction with the WaterWear, making 675 LR44 batteries unnecessary. Also, a Mini Battery Pack and Cable have been approved for the SONNET, which may be an off-ear power solution unrelated to WaterWear.