The joy of hearing - Made simple.

Oct 5, 2020

With the new RONDO 3 audio processor MED-EL combines easy use with smart technologies – to enable effortless connectivity and to provide for superior hearing. 

October 05, 2020 — (Innsbruck, Austria) — Around 466 million people worldwide suffer from hearing loss severely affecting their daily life. About 34 million of these are children*. Their stories and needs are as unique as their individual types of hearing loss. Whether it is the sound of music, an inspiring conversation or the voices of their loved ones: The right technology can bring very personal moments of joy to every individual with a hearing loss and drastically improve their lives.

It is the philosophy of MED-EL as the global innovation leader in hearing implant solutions to provide custom- fit solutions matching each person’s individual needs. The new RONDO 3 Audio Processor is the latest product innovation – driven by the mission to overcome hearing loss as a barrier to communication. With wireless streaming, wireless charging and Adaptive Intelligence RONDO 3 provides all day hearing. Being compatible with nearly any brand and type of hearing aid, it is the simple yet smart choice for a more natural sound quality and more joyful hearing every day. 

Cochlear implant user Tom (UK) explains the importance of the right audio processor: “From my experience, people with a severe hearing loss often fear that an implant solution will not measure up to the natural hearing they once experienced. It is the steady improvement and technological innovation of devices such as audio processors that truly make a difference for people’s lives! What a joy to hear your child’s voice again loud and clear! The only downside of the new RONDO 3 I could detect is that I can tell the lawnmower needs a service. It was just loud noise before, I can now tell it is not running right!” 

Simple Hearing 

Conversations in noisy places as well as talking on the phone can be a true challenge with a hearing implant. With two microphones focused on speech, RONDO 3 enables conversations in any environment without changing settings. It’s Automatic Sound Management 3.0 and Adaptive Intelligence technology automatically adapts to any sound environment to ensure more natural hearing in every situation. The enhanced noise reduction features reduce distracting background noises to further improve the understanding of speech. In addition, RONDO 3 allows for richer music experiences with its FineHearing technology. For joyful moments without worrying about settings – whether it is in a crowded cafeĢ, at a noisy playground or an evening at the concert.

Simple Streaming 

Staying connected with family, friends and society is more important than ever. With the RONDO 3 audio processor it is incredibly simple to seamlessly connect to many external audio services. The AudioLink technology enables not only hands-free phone calls but allows wireless high-quality audio while enjoying a movie on the tablet or TV, sharing special moments with loved ones or attending an online business meeting. 

Simple Control 

There are two easy ways to adjust the settings of RONDO 3: with the FineTuner Echo remote control or AudioKey 2 app simply via smartphone. The AudioKey 2 app provides all necessary information directly to any Android-based smartphone or iPhone. Checking the battery level percentage or locating RONDO 3 if it got lost – it is just one look at the smartphone without having to carry a remote control. 

Especially for parents it is essential to easily control and adjust their child’s audio processor to ensure the best possible hearing. With its Guardian Role the AudioKey 2 app enables parents to check their child’s hearing and audio processor settings from their smartphone to be sure it is getting the best performance in any situation.

Simple Charging 

RONDO 3 offers a more comfortable and sustainable method of charging than any other audio processor! The integrated lithium-ion battery can be recharged wirelessly or via USB providing a full day of battery life. RONDO 3 is simply placed on the center of the inductive charging pad** and recharges automatically – no cables or changing batteries needed. It can be charged overnight or on the go while using RONDO 3 at the same time. A full day of hearing without worrying about battery levels.

Simple Design 

David Rätz, Director of Product Management explains the refined design of the RONDO 3 audio processor and its benefits for everyday life: We have presented the concept of the worldwide first off-the ear processor many years ago. The RONDO 3 is the result of consistently driving the technology and further improving the design for this very popular type of audio processor. It provides even more comfort and is barely visible on the head. It is light, extremely slim and worn completely off the ear, making it not only perfect for those with glasses but also incredibly comfortable for everyone. In addition, RONDO 3 offers plenty of choices to personalize with over 30 cover designs – from natural to colorful and expressive.”

Simple Protection 

Everyday life is full of surprises and users want to feel safe that their audio processor can keep up with their lifestyle in any situation. RONDO 3 is water-resistant enough to survive dust, rain, sweat, an accidental spill or splash of water***. Even swimming or diving is made simple with WaterWear: the reusable and fully waterproof covers keep the audio processor safe and dry – no matter if it is salty seawater or a chlorinated swimming pool. No need to hold back: with RONDO 3 anyone can enjoy the water or walk outside on a rainy day without worries to damage their audio processor. 

RONDO 3 will be available this autumn in countries that accept the CE-mark. 

*WHO fact sheet “Deafness and hearing loss”, March 1st 2020.
** The Charging Pad is not manufactured by MED-EL.
***IP68 rating; Immersion in water up to a maximum depth of 1 m for 60 minutes. 


About MED-EL 

MED-EL Medical Electronics, a leader in implantable hearing solutions, is driven by a mission to overcome hearing loss as a barrier to communication. The Austrian-based, privately owned business was co-founded by industry pioneers Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair, whose ground-breaking research led to the development of the world’s first micro-electronic multi-channel cochlear implant (CI), which was successfully implanted in 1977 and was the basis for what is known as the modern CI today. This laid the foundation for the successful growth of the company in 1990, when they hired their first employees. To date, MED-EL has grown to more than 2,200 employees from around 75 nations and has 30 locations worldwide.
The company offers the widest range of implantable and non-implantable solutions to treat all types of hearing loss, enabling people in 124 countries enjoy the gift of hearing with the help of a MED-EL device. MED-EL’s hearing solutions include cochlear and middle ear implant systems, a combined Electric Acoustic Stimulation hearing implant system, auditory brainstem implants as well as surgical and non-surgical bone conduction devices. 


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