Hearing Implant & Audio Processor Compatibility Guide
Every day, we see technology advancing at a remarkable pace. Of course, the same is true for hearing implants and audio processors. In the past year alone, we’ve introduced wireless charging, triphasic pulses, wireless connectivity, child-friendly wearing options, and more.
At the same time, our implants are built for exceptional long-term reliability. That means our recipients will have their implants through many generations of audio processors. That’s why backwards compatibility is so important for hearing implants.
Every recipient should have access to the latest technology. However, other manufacturers use a patchwork compatibility structure that can leave many recipients behind. This can make logistics challenging and those recipients can be stuck with outdated technology.
We design our new audio processors to be immediately compatible with our previous generations of implants. There’s no staggered service release or selective compatibility. When we have new technology, we want the most possible recipients to benefit.
Our comprehensive compatibility offers flexibility and logistical simplicity for your clinic and healthcare providers. And of course, it helps your patients benefit from the latest technology right away.
We’ve put together this simple compatibility list so you can easily see all the audio processors that work with each hearing implant.
Cochlear Implant Compatibility
All of our current CI & EAS audio processors are compatible with all MED-EL multichannel cochlear implants from the past 20+ years. This helps ensure all our recipients can benefit from the latest advances in audio processor technology.
MED-EL Cochlear Implants
- SYNCHRONY PIN
- CONCERTO PIN
- MED-EL CONCERT*
- MED-EL CONCERT PIN*
- COMBI 40+**
- COMBI 40**
Current CI Audio Processors
- SONNET BTE Audio Processor
- RONDO 2 Single-Unit Processor
- OPUS 2 BTE Audio Processor
- RONDO Single-Unit Processor
Current EAS Audio Processors
- SONNET EAS Audio Processor
- DUET 2 EAS Audio Processor
Auditory Brainstem Implants
Recipients with a MED-EL Auditory Brainstem Implant (SYNCHRONY ABI, CONCERTO ABI, or PULSAR ABI) can use any current MED-EL CI audio processor.
Bone Conduction System Compatibility
Our BONEBRIDGE Active Bone Conduction Implant System uses the SAMBA BB Audio Processor. It may also be paired with the previous audio processor, the Amadé BB Audio Processor.
Active Bone Conduction Implant
- BCI 601 Bone Conduction Implant
BONEBRIDGE Audio Processors
- SAMBA BB Audio Processor
- Amadé BB Audio Processor
Our ADHEAR Bone Conduction System does not require an implant. This simple system only requires the ADHEAR Audio Processor and an ADHEAR adhesive adapter.
Middle Ear Implant Compatibility
The VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE Middle Ear Implant System uses the SAMBA Audio Processor. The Amadé Audio Processor was paired with the VORP 502 implant. SAMBA can be used with either the VORP 502 or VORP 503.
Middle Ear Implants
- VORP 503 Middle Ear Implant
- VORP 502 Middle Ear Implant
VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE Audio Processors
- SAMBA Audio Processor
- Amadé Audio Processor
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As you can see, MED-EL offers comprehensive compatibility and easy technology upgrades for all our recipients.
Have a question about audio processor compatibility for your patients? Let us know with our simple contact form.
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*MED-EL CONCERT and MED-EL CONCERT PIN are only available in the United States.
**Link-check function of SONNET and RONDO 2, as well as certain sound coding strategies and other individual product features, are not available with C40 or C40+ cochlear implants.
***Not all products, indications, and features shown are available in all areas. Please contact your local MED-EL representative for more information.
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