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Triformance

At MED-EL, we believe that the ultimate goal of any hearing implant should be to provide the recipient with the best possible hearing performance. Over the years, we have pioneered a number of innovations to provide our users with the most effective hearing solutions. With this in mind, we are proud to introduce Triformance—the synergy of three key features specifically designed to optimise the performance of our cochlear implant systems: Structure Preservation (SP), Complete Cochlear Coverage (CCC), and FineHearing (FH).


 
Structure Preservation is the combination of a flexible electrode design and the appropriate surgical technique that together can minimise trauma to the delicate structures of the cochlea during electrode array insertion. Complete Cochlear Coverage is the use of a long electrode array to stimulate the full length of the cochlea, from the basal to the apical region. FineHearing is our latest sound coding technology, which provides envelope-based sound coding on all stimulation channels as well as fine-structure sound coding on the channels responsible for low frequency sounds.
 
Triformance represents the powerful synergy between Structure Preservation, Complete Cochlear Coverage, and FineHearing. The delicate neural structures of the cochlea must be preserved to ensure maximum effectiveness of cochlear stimulation. This requires a long, soft, and flexible electrode array that can be inserted atraumatically from the base to the apical region to cover the entire cochlea. With complete electrode coverage of the cochlea, FineHearing sound processing can be implemented, enabling the perception of natural pitches throughout the full range of sound frequencies.
 
With Triformance, the unique benefits of Structure Preservation, Complete Cochlear Coverage, and FineHearing work together in synergy to maximise hearing performance. Together, these innovations enable our cochlear implant recipients to reach their fullest hearing potential. 

  1. Calculated from Haumann et al. (2010) using the psychometric function from Schmidt et al. (1997).
  2. Haumann et al. (2010), Speech perception with cochlear implants as measured using a roving-level adaptive test method. ORL 2010;72:312-318.
  3. Schmidt et al. (1997), 23rd annual conference of the German Acoustical Society, 93-94.
  4. Graph adapted from Brough et al. (2010).
  5. Brough et al. (2010), Speech Discrimination Scores Using the Latest Generation of Speech Processors Cochlear Implants Int, 11(Suppl. 2), 2010, p. 119-124.
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