SYNCHRONY Cochlear Implant

When choosing a cochlear implant, you should expect only the best. As the most advanced cochlear implant, SYNCHRONY is designed to give you exceptional hearing for many years to come.

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A Decision for a Lifetime

While you’ll see your audio processor everyday, it’s actually the internal implant that is more important. Why? Because it’s the implant that is most responsible for sound quality. With an advanced implant, it’s easier to chat with friends and family, listen to your favourite music, or simply hear the birds singing outside.

And unlike your audio processor, which you can upgrade regularly, your implant will stay with you for many years. Therefore it’s important to choose a cochlear implant that will give you the best hearing both now, and in the future.

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MED-EL Synchrony Cochlear Implant

Why SYNCHRONY is the cochlear implant for you:

1

Advanced Hearing Performance

SYNCHRONY uses unique Triformance technology to give you the most natural sound quality possible.

2

Outstanding MRI Safety*

With outstanding MRI safety, SYNCHRONY is there with you no matter what life brings.

3

Lifetime Reliability

Using our decades of experience, SYNCHRONY is built for long-term reliability, to bring you years of exceptional hearing.

4

Always Compatible

Benefit from the latest technology. SYNCHRONY is compatible with all our current audio processors, and is designed to be compatible with our future ones too.

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Technology That Follows Nature

MED-EL cochlear implants use advanced coding strategies, designed to give you the closest to natural hearing of any CI system. This helps you hear the high and low tones, and the fine details of both everyday conversations and your favorite songs.

What’s more, our cochlear implants are individualized, so that the electrode array fits your individual cochlea. This way, you can make the most of your cochlear implant, and experience the best hearing you possibly can.


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Made for MRI

You never know what life might bring, but SYNCHRONY has you covered. SYNCHRONY’s revolutionary magnet design means you can undergo high-resolution MRI scans at 3.0 Tesla, without having extra surgery** to remove the magnet.

For you, this means no additional surgery just to get an MRI scan. There will be no hearing downtime, waiting for a scar to heal. SYNCHRONY simply allows you to have hassle-free MRIs, without giving your implant a second thought.


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Great Protection. Guaranteed.

Because of our long and positive experience with MRIs and cochlear implants, we offer a life-long MRI guarantee. We promise to replace your implant in the very unlikely event that it’s damaged during an MRI scan.

This life-long MRI guarantee for cochlear implants is the first and only to be offered by any company and covers all MED-EL cochlear implants from as far back as 1994. So you can feel confident about any future MRI scans.

Expect the Best

Reliability is a big topic when choosing your cochlear implant. You will have your implant for many years to come, and only the most durable and well-built implants will stand the test of time.

At MED-EL, we use our decades of experience to build cochlear implants of the highest quality. Each SYNCHRONY implant is handmade at our headquarters in Europe, and has to pass a series of strict quality inspections before being allowed to leave the building. It is our focus on quality that makes MED-EL the reliable choice for your cochlear implant.


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Ready for the Future

We’re constantly developing cutting-edge technology to pack into our audio processors. To ensure that you can always use the best hearing technology available, SYNCHRONY is built to be compatible with all MED-EL cochlear implant audio processors.

That means that you can upgrade to the newest audio processor, without having to get a new implant. A cochlear implant is a decision for a lifetime, and SYNCHRONY is the ideal start to your hearing journey.

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Our Audio Processors

Once you've decided on your SYNCHRONY cochlear implant, it's time to choose an audio processor to match. All MED-EL audio processors are designed to give the best sound quality possible, and are easy to use in everyday life.

Check out the full range of processors below, and see which is the right option for you.

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Technical Data

Width: 25.4mm
Length: 45.7mm
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3.3mm
165°
4.5mm
⌀ 1.0mm
1.4mm
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SYNCHRONY
Cochlear Implant (Mi1200)


Stimulation Features

  • Sequential non-overlapping stimulation on 12 electrode channels
  • Simultaneous (parallel) stimulation on 2 to 12 electrode channels
  • 24 independent current sources
  • Stimulation reference electrode on titanium housing
  • Stimulation rates of up to 50,704 pulses per second
  • Range of pulse phase duration: 2.1–425.0 μs/phase
  • Interphase gaps of 2.1, 10, 20 and 30μs
  • Time resolution (nominal values): 1.67 μs
  • Current range (nominal value): 0–1200 μA per pulse phase

Pulse Shapes

  • Biphasic, symmetric triphasic and triphasic precision pulses

Comprehensive Diagnostic Toolkit

  • Status Telemetry
  • Impedance and Field Telemetry (IFT)
  • Electrophysiology measurements reference electrode on titanium housing
  • Auditory Nerve Response Telemetry (ART™)
  • Electrically Evoked Auditory Brainstem Response (EABR)
  • Electrically Evoked Stapedius Reflex Threshold (ESRT)
  • Electric Acoustic Evoked Potential (EAEP)

Housing Design

  • Impact resistance up to 2.5 Joule
  • Unique PIN variant with fixation pins for additional stability
  • Hermetically sealed titanium housing
  • Stimulator: 17.3 mm x 25.4 mm x 4.5 mm
  • Coil: 29.0 mm diameter x 3.3 mm thick (typical)
  • Weight: 7.6 g

Safety Features

  • Independent safety capacitors for each electrode channel
  • Unique Implant ID (IRIS)
  • Biocompatibility standard according to Standard ISO 10993-1
  • Latex-free***

MRI Conditions*

  • MR Conditional at 0.2, 1.0, 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla
  • No magnet removal required even at 3.0 Tesla
  • ABI is MR Conditional at 0.2, 1.0, and 1.5 Tesla.****

Removable Magnet

  • Magnet removable for minimized image distortion
  • Rotatable magnet within hermetic titanium housing
  • Self-aligning to external magnetic field
  • Conical shape for secure placement

Electrode Arrays


FLEX Series

The softest and most flexible electrode arrays, designed for Structure Preservation and Complete Cochlear Coverage. Featuring 19 platinum electrode contacts and FLEXtip technology for atraumatic insertion.


FLEX SOFT

  • 26.4 mm stimulation range
  • Diameter at basal end: 1.3 mm
  • Dimensions at apical end: 0.5 x 0.4 mm

FLEX 28

  • 23.1 mm stimulation range
  • Diameter at basal end: 0.8 mm
  • Dimensions at apical end: 0.5 x 0.4 mm

FLEX 26

  • 20.9 mm stimulation range
  • Diameter at basal end: 0.8 mm
  • Dimensions at apical end: 0.5 x 0.3 mm

FLEX 24

  • 20.9 mm stimulation range
  • Diameter at basal end: 0.8 mm
  • Dimensions at apical end: 0.5 x 0.3 mm

FLEX 20

  • 15.4 mm stimulation range
  • Diameter at basal end: 0.8 mm
  • Dimensions at apical end: 0.5 x 0.3 mm

FORM Series

Designed specifically for malformed cochleae and for instances where leakage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is expected. Featuring 24 platinum electrode contacts and SEAL technology designed to aid closing of the cochlear opening.


FORM 24

  • 18.7 mm stimulation range
  • Diameter at basal end: 0.8 mm
  • Diameter at apical end: 0.5 mm

FORM 19

  • 14.3 mm stimulation range
  • Diameter at basal end: 0.8 mm
  • Diameter at apical end: 0.5 mm

CLASSIC Series

Features 24 platinum electrode contacts.

STANDARD

  • 26.4 mm stimulation range
  • Diameter at basal end: 1.3 mm
  • Diameter at apical end: 0.5 mm

MEDIUM

  • 20.9 mm stimulation range
  • Diameter at basal end: 0.8 mm
  • Diameter at apical end: 0.5 mm

COMPRESSED

  • 12.1 mm stimulation range
  • Diameter at basal end: 0.7 mm
  • Diameter at apical end: 0.5 mm

Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) Electrode Array

Features 12 active contacts on a soft preshaped silicone paddle. MR Conditional at 0.2, 1.0, and 1.5 Tesla.****




* The SYNCHRONY cochlear implant is MR conditional. 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.
** Unless required for diagnostic reasons.
*** Whereby “free” means “not made with latex” according to current FDA guidance.
**** MED-EL cochlear implants since 1994 are MR conditional. Recipients with a SYNCHRONY Auditory Brainstem Implant may be safely MRI scanned at 0.2, 1.0, and 1.5 Tesla following the conditions detailed in the Medical Procedures Manual.

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