Durham, NC — The MED-EL Corporation has launched the new MAESTRO™ Cochlear Implant (CI) System and the MED-EL CONCERT, the world’s smallest, lightest, and thinnest titanium cochlear implant, according to the company.
The MAESTRO system encompasses enhancements to the OPUS 2 audio processor, including a new D Coil with battery saving features. It also includes MED-EL’s latest software, version 4.0, which includes 16 years of software updates.
MED-EL reports that the CONCERT is 25% thinner than the industry’s smallest CI and that it is optimized for minimally invasive surgical techniques. The unit’s small dimensions make it suitable for both children and adults.
The device is offered with a variety of soft and flexible electrode arrays that are designed to preserve the delicate neural structures of the cochlea.
Additionally, the new D Coil is MED-EL’s thinnest coil design and provides extended battery life for the OPUS 2 audio processor. All MED-EL CIs have had a battery life of up to 5 days with a single set of hearing aid batteries without sacrificing performance With the new D Coil, the company says that users can extend their battery life by 50% with the same set of zinc-air batteries, and up to 30% longer with the DaCapo Rechargeable Battery System.
The enhanced battery life feature is also available for MED-EL recipients with older generation processors. The higher energy efficiency means that users will have lower battery costs over the system’s lifetime and be able to reduce battery disposal waste.
Finally, MED-EL announced some additional color options for the OPUS 2 platform. The new colors include Ebony, Crème, White, Green, Orange, Baby Blue, and Baby Pink.