MED-EL SYNCHRONY Cochlear Implant System FAQ | The listeners: MED-EL (2023)

We know you have many questions about the new MED-EL SYNCHRONY cochlear implant system, so we've put together this list of questions and answers to help you learn more about the SYNCHRONY system.

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SYNCHRONY is MED-EL's newest and most advanced cochlear implant system. It includes the SYNCHRONY cochlear implant, the SONNET BTE audio processor, the SONNET EAS BTE audio processor, and the RONDO Single Unit Processor.

What are the key features of the SYNCHRONY cochlear implant system?

The SYNCHRONY cochlear implant system includes many features that are new to MED-EL cochlear implant systems, some of which are entirely unique to the cochlear implant field. Here are some of the new features and we'll detail them in the rest of this FAQ.

  1. The SONNET audio processor
    • Water resistance: IP rating 54
    • Automatic Sound Management 2.0: The latest ASM with the following features:
      • Wind noise reduction
      • microphone directivity
      • Automatic volume control
      • Optional built-in EAS compatibility
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    • Removable magnet
    • MRIsafe at 3.0T, no need to remove magnet
    • With or without a PIN

Who can use SYNCHRONY?

The SYNCHRONY cochlear implant system is approved for use in all age groups. The SONNET audio processor is compatible with MED-EL cochlear implants for the last 20 years, which means that if you have a SYNCHRONY, MED-EL CONCERT, CONCERT, PULSAR, SONATA, C40+ or ​​C40 cochlear implant, that can use SONNET audio processor. The SYNCHRONY cochlear implant is compatible with all current MED-EL cochlear implant audio processors, which means you can use the SYNCHRONY cochlear implant if you have a SONNET, RONDO, OPUS 2 or OPUS 1 audio processor.

The SONNET audio processor

SONNET is the cochlear implant audio processor for the SYNCHRONY cochlear implant system. It is a waterproof BTE audio processor equipped with the latest MED-EL technologies such as Automatic Sound Management 2.0*.

Is SONNET waterproof?

Yes. SONNET is IP54 rated, meaning it's protected from sweat, rain and general humidity. Additionally, WaterWear is an available accessory for the SONNET that provides a waterproof cover to keep your audio processor dry during water activities. With these accessories, you can swim in the sea, snorkel in the lake or just sit by the pool while enjoying your hearing carefree. WaterWear is also available for OPUS 2 and RONDO.

What's new in Automatic Sound Management 2.0?

The automatic sound management contains new processing functions. These are:

  1. Wind noise cancellation that minimizes continuous wind noise for better outdoor listening
  2. Microphone directivity that focuses on noise in front of the listener and reduces background noise for easier speech understanding
  3. Automatic volume control that automatically adjusts the volume to ensure the sound is clear and comfortable

What about data logging?

SONNET has built-in data logging, allowing the audiologist to customize maps and customize how each individual recipient uses their sound processor.

Does SONNET have wireless connectivity?

Yes, SONNET has a built-in telecoil and future-proof 2.4GHz connection. This means it can connect wirelessly to hearing aids such as loop induction systems and neck loops. SONNET can be connected to Bluetooth-compatible devices via an appropriate lanyard or ALD.

How long does the SONNET battery last?

SONNET provides up to 60 hours of listening time from two 675 zinc-air batteries.Recommended BatteriesThese include the PowerOne IMPLANT plus p675, ZeniPower 675P and PowerOne ACCU plus p675, although any high capacity 675 size battery will fit in the SONNET.

How many microphones does SONNET have?

SONNET features two omnidirectional microphones located near the top of the audio processor.

Who can use SONNET?

SONNET is CE marked and can be used by people of all ages. It is compatible with MED-EL cochlear implants from the last 20 years, which means that anyone with a SYNCHRONY, MED-EL CONCERT, CONCERT, PULSAR, SONATA, C40+ or ​​C40 cochlear implant can use the SONNET audio processor.

How small is SONNET?

SONNET is 56.7mm high, 37.4mm deep and 5.9mm wide. Including the battery and two zinc-air batteries, it weighs 10.6 grams.

How many colors does SONNET have?

The audio processor is available in 6 different colors: black, white, anthracite, beige, ebony and Nordic grey. The interchangeable microphone covers and battery covers are available in 9 additional colors: Sienna Brown, Cream, Burgundy Red, Pacific Blue, Orange, Green, Baby Pink, Baby Blue and Cool Grey. In addition, skins are available for SONNET so you can create your own custom look.

Which spiral cables are there?

There are three different cord lengths including 8.5cm, 11cm and 28cm. The cables are available in black, beige, Nordic gray and white.

How should I maintain SONNET?

As with other CI audio processors, there are a few things you can do to ensure your SONNET is running at its best. Although the SONNET is water resistant, it's always a good idea to clean it after exposure to water, as water can wet the microphones and affect their efficiency. Plus, daily use of the included drying kit will help ensure any remaining moisture is removed. Finally, SONNET includes removable microphone covers, which we recommend changing every 3 months with normal use.

How long does it take to switch between different programs?

SONNET can switch between programs in 15 milliseconds.

How long does it take to turn on SONNET?

SONNET takes a second to wake up and be heard.

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What is the SYNCHRONY cochlear implant?

The SYNCHRONY cochlear implant is MED-EL's newest cochlear implant. It updates the proven design and reliability of the PULSAR, SONATA and CONCERTO cochlear implants by introducing a magnet design not yet seen in the cochlear implant field.

What is special about this magnet?

hello MommyMRI safe for use at 3.0 Tesla, which means a recipient with the SYNCHRONY CI can perform a 3.0 T MRI without removing the magnet. This is good for anyone who wants the high resolution images of a 3.0T MRI and is particularly useful in cases where emergency MRIs are required and there is no time to remove the magnet.

IC SYNCHRONY is the only cochlear implant approved for 3.0T MRI without magnet removal.

How is that possible?

The SYNCHRONY CI features a special freely rotating, self-aligning diametral magnet that is unaffected by the magnetic field of the MRI and prevents the implant from moving or becoming demagnetized during MRI scans.

Why would I want a 3.0T MRI?

More Tesla means more definition. The 3.0T MRI scanners are high-performance, high-resolution MRI scanners and are among the highest-performing MRI scanners commercially available..

Is the magnet removable?

Yes. In the rare instances where magnet removal is preferred or required, the SYNCHRONY CI Magnet can be surgically removed from the implant. A non-magnetic spacer can be inserted into the implant for use during the scan and reinserted after the MRI is complete.

What is a "PIN"?

The SYNCHRONY CI is available in two versions, with and without a PIN. PINs are just that: pins made of the same titanium that houses the electronic part of the IC, giving the implant even more stability. The choice of using a SYNCHRONY PIN is the responsibility of the surgeon.

How small is the SYNCHRONY IC?

The SYNCHRONY IC is 45.7mm high, 25.4mm wide and 4.5mm thick.

What electrode configurations can be used with the SYNCHRONY CI?

everything up to dateMED-EL Electrode arrays, as well as the new FLEX 20, can be used with the SYNCHRONY CI. These include the FLEX series, FORM series, Classic series, ABI and custom electrode assemblies.

Who can use IC SYNCHRONY?

All current MED-EL audio processors are SYNCHRONY CI compatible, which means anyone with an OPUS 1, OPUS 2, RONDO or SONNET audio processor can use the same audio processor with the SYNCHRONY CI. Due to the SYNCHRONY CI's unique magnet design, special coil magnets are required, but the audio processor does not need to be replaced.

WaterWear for RONDO, SONNET and OPUS 2

What is WaterWear for RONDO, SONNET and OPUS?

WaterWear is the first fully waterproof accessory for a MED-EL CI audio processor. It was specially developed for the audio processors RONDO, SONNET and OPUS 2 and offers comprehensive protection againstfresh water,salty waterand chlorinated swimming pools, as well as common cosmetics, soaps and sunscreens.

How waterproof is "waterproof"?

WaterWear is completely dustproof and waterproof to a depth of over 1 meter. It has an IP68 rating and in MED-EL tests involving over two dozen RONDOS with WaterWear, all units have been waterproofed to a depth of 4 meters for two hours.

How to use WaterWear?

WaterWear consists of a cover and an adhesive strip. Applying WaterWear is easy: just place the cover over the RONDO and then use the strip to ensure the RONDO is well sealed from the inside.

Where can I use WaterWear?

You can use WaterWear anywhere there is water: in the shower, bath, pool, lake or sea.

Can WaterWear be used with the sports headband?

Yes, WaterWear can be used with the sports headband without any problems. Together they offer an exceptionally safe and completely waterproof way to use RONDO, SONNET and OPUS 2.

How long does each WaterWear last?

Since the use of WaterWear requires the use of rechargeable batteries, the practical lifespan of each WaterWear is the same as that of batteries.

What is included in the WaterWear kit?

The WaterWear kit contains three WaterWear covers and 9 adhesive strips. Each cover can be used up to three times and each strip (used to seal the WaterWear) is single use.

How do I get my own WaterWear?

You can get your own WaterWearby contacting your local MED-EL representative.

For more information

For more information on the SYNCHRONY cochlear implant system, visitno website gives MED-EL.

*Some features may not be approved in your region.

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