Cochlear Implants

Cochlear implants can fill your world with the joys of sound. Find out how a cochlear implant could bring sound to you or your child.

A New Way to Hear

Was your child born profoundly deaf? Do you have hearing loss, but find your hearing aids aren’t helping anymore? Can you only hear in one ear?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then a cochlear implant may help you, or your child, to hear better in everyday life. Getting a cochlear implant is a big decision, but it can be life-changing. Why? Because the benefits go beyond simply better hearing.

  • Easier to socialise with friends
  • Improved relationship with family members
  • Better hearing in noisy settings, like restaurants
  • Easier listening on the phone
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How Does a Cochlear Implant Work?

Cochlear implants are designed for people with severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss. With this type of hearing loss, the hair cells in the inner ear are damaged, and can’t detect sounds properly. A cochlear implant bypasses these damaged hair cells and sends electric signals directly to the brain, where they are interpreted as sound.

A cochlear implant system has two main components. The externally worn audio processor detects sounds and sends them to the internal implant, which is placed just under the skin behind the ear.

Learn how cochlear implants work by watching this simple video

The Perfect Match

We go further than just offering you the best sound quality—our audio processors have all the features you’re looking for in comfortable designs you’ll love to wear. And our implants are designed to deliver outstanding reliability, superior MRI safety*, and a lifetime of better hearing.

Together, they’re made to give you the best possible hearing experience.

SONNET

SONNET
Audio Processor

  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Splashproof Design
  • Our Lightest Audio Processor


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RONDO 2

RONDO 2
Audio Processor

  • Wireless Charging
  • Nothing on Your Ear
  • Discreet and Comfortable


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OPUS 2

OPUS 2
Audio Processor

  • Modular Design 
  • Infant Wearing Options 
  • Children’s Wearing Options


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SYNCHRONY

SYNCHRONY
Cochlear Implant

  • Outstanding Reliability
  • 3.0 Tesla MRI Without Surgery
  • Triformance Technology


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SONATA

SONATA
Cochlear Implant

  • Outstanding Reliability
  • 1.5 Tesla MRI Without Surgery
  • Triformance Technology


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CONCERTO

CONCERTO
Cochlear Implant

  • Outstanding Reliability
  • 1.5 Tesla MRI Without Surgery
  • Triformance Technology


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Cochlear Implant Reliability

A Lifetime of Hearing

Getting a cochlear implant is a big decision. Your implant will be with you for many years to come, so it’s important to think about the impact your implant will have, both now and in the future.

At MED-EL, we design everything with the future in mind. Our implants are built for long-term reliability, so you can experience years of uninterrupted hearing. We make it easy to upgrade to the newest audio processor, letting you benefit from the latest technology. And our SYNCHRONY implant has the highest MRI safety of any implant*, meaning you’re prepared for whatever life brings.

A cochlear implant is a decision for a lifetime, and MED-EL will be with you all the way.

 User Stories
"My quality of life has changed tremendously since my implant"

The Next Steps

What can you expect next? Here’s an outline of the process of receiving a cochlear implant.

1

Assessment

First, you’ll undergo routine assessments to ensure you’re a candidate for a cochlear implant, and if there are any additional factors your cochlear implant team should consider. Your clinical team will walk you and your family through the specifics of what to expect in the following steps.

2

Implantation

To implant a CI, the surgical procedure is straightforward and usually lasts between 1–2 hours under either general or local anesthesia. Recipients are usually back on their feet the next day. Your hospital stay may last one or more days, depending on your individual needs and what’s typical in your area. 

3

Activation

About four weeks after implantation, you’ll have your first fitting. This “activation day” is when your audiologist will turn on your audio processor for the first time and you’ll hear your first new sounds. The audio settings of your processor will be adjusted to fit your hearing preferences.

4

Rehabilitation

After activation, it’s important to follow up with a rehabilitation programme so that you can adapt to hearing through your cochlear implant. Rehabilitation is essential to make the most of your implant. It can be done together with speech-language professionals and at-home listening exercises. 

* Recipients with a SYNCHRONY Cochlear Implant may be safely MRI scanned at 0.2, 1.0, 1.5, and 3.0 Tesla following the conditions detailed in the instructions for use.

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