MED-EL USA announced that the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the RONDO 2 cochlear implant (CI) audio processor featuring wireless charging. Users can simply place the processor on the charge pad to charge automatically, negating the need for disposable batteries, according to MED-EL. The rechargeable battery is designed to provide up to 18 hours of battery life, enabling all-day hearing. The battery is fully recharged after just four hours.
Along with its wireless charging capabilities, RONDO 2 is designed with one simple on/off button and automatic volume control. It connects to cell phones and televisions using intelligent wireless accessories, and connects to Bluetooth neckloops and hearing induction loops, even across a busy room. The compact design means it can be hidden discreetly under hair.
“RONDO 2 is the easiest to use CI audio processor ever made,” said Raymond Gamble, CEO & President, MED-EL North America. “And because MED-EL engineers every internal cochlear implant to be future-ready, all of our recipients will be able to enjoy the latest industry-leading audio processing technology.”
The new processor also includes features that allow users to tailor their RONDO 2 to their personal style and lifestyle, says MED-EL. Recipients can customize their RONDO 2 to blend in with five neutral colors and hair-patterned design covers, or make a statement with colorful and art-inspired designs and wild animal prints. RONDO 2’s IP54 rating means it is protected from everyday splashes and moisture. For full submersion, WaterWear reusable waterproof covers are easy to attach and can be used in any type of water, including salty seawater and chlorinated swimming pools, according to the company.
Product availability is estimated in Fall 2018. Recipients who choose a MED-EL Cochlear Implant between now and availability will receive a voucher for a FREE RONDO 2 with the PlusRONDO promotion. All new MED-EL CI recipients have the option to experience two ways to hear: the freedom of nothing behind the ear with an all-in-one, cable-free design, with the RONDO 2, and the performance of the SONNET Audio Processor—all backed by MED-EL’s industry-leading five-year warranty.