Structure Preservation
Ensuring a Hearing Future


At MED-EL, we believe the preservation of the delicate hearing structures of the cochlea is essential for all cochlear implant recipients, for two primary reasons.

First, the preservation of hearing structures in the cochlea is critical for recipients to benefit from future therapies and technologies. Such therapies and hearing solutions will likely be more successful in a cochlea where the neural structures have been preserved.

Secondly, many individuals with hearing loss may still be able to hear certain low frequency sounds—referred to as residual hearing. It is vitally important to preserve the hearing structures during cochlear implant surgery, as it enables the individual to use their residual natural hearing. Being able to use this natural hearing in combination with a cochlear implant provides the recipient with the best possible hearing experience.

Therefore, the preservation of hearing structures during a cochlear implant procedure is necessary for optimal hearing performance, both now and in the future.

MED-EL’s Focus on Structure Preservation

MED-EL’s cochlear implants have been specifically engineered to protect the delicate neural structures of the cochlea. The ultra-soft and flexible design of our electrode arrays allows for gentle insertion and optimal placement within the cochlea.

The key to our soft and flexible electrode arrays is the custom-made wires that carry the electrical signals to the electrodes. Other manufacturers use straight wires in their electrode arrays, which add unnecessary stiffness and rigidity to the electrode array. MED-EL’s wave-shaped wire design enables our electrode arrays to easily flex and bend—making them perfectly suitable for gentle insertion into the cochlea. The combination of our flexible electrode arrays and proper surgical techniques enable preservation of the delicate hearing structures in the cochlea.

Delicate neural structures of the cochlea

Synergy in Technology

Triformance provides the best possible hearing to recipients of our cochlear implant systems through the unique advantages of Structure Preservation, Complete Cochlear Coverage, and FineHearing. These technologies work together in synergy to deliver superior hearing performance.

As a component of Triformance, FineHearing enables our recipients to reach their fullest hearing potential—with a richer, more natural hearing experience.

For A Richer Hearing Experience

FineHearing is the only sound-coding technology that provides access to the full spectrum of sound, including bass tones, for a richer and more natural listening experience.

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Structure Preservation
Ensuring a Hearing Future®

Structure Preservation of the delicate structures of the cochlea optimises the benefit of a cochlear implant, both now and in the future. Soft, flexible electrodes designed for lateral wall placement are proven to preserve the delicate neural structures and ensure a hearing future.

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Complete Cochlear Coverage
The Full Spectrum of Sound

Complete Cochlear Coverage provides the full spectrum of sound for a more natural hearing experience. Complete coverage of the cochlea can only be achieved through a long electrode array that stimulates the cochlea from the base to the apical region.

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