Comparison of Cochlear Implants

Manufacturer

Cochlear Americas

Advanced Bionics

Med-EL

External Processor

Nucleus 6

Naida Q90 & Neptune

Sonnet & Rondo

Most Commonly Used Implant

Nucleus Profile with Slim Straight Electrode (CI522)

HiRes 90K Advantage with HiFocus Mid-Scala Electrode

Synchrony Flex28 Electrode

Number of Electrodes

22

16

24

Number of Channels

22

16

12

Internal Case

Titanium

Titanium

Titanium

Internal Magnet

Removable

Removable

Removable

MRI Compatible

Yes up to 1.5 Tesla (with magnet removal)

Yes up to 1.5 Tesla (with magnet removal)

Yes up to 3.0 Tesla (magnet does not require removal)

Number of Memories

4

5

4

Remote Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wireless Accessories

Yes

Yes

Yes (through telecoil)

Ability to Use Underwater (IP68) (IP68 = Ingress Protected "dust tight" & protected against complete, continuous submersion in water)

Yes (when used with Cochlear Nucleus Aqua accessory)

Yes (when used with Aqua case) (Neptune is IP68)

Yes (when used with WaterWear)

Ability to Use with Telephone

Yes: built in Telecoil

Yes: built in Telecoil

Yes: built in Telecoil

Battery Options

675 Disposable or Rechargeable

Rechargeable

675 Disposable or Rechargeable

Warranty

10 years for internal device, 5 years for external device

10 years for internal device, 5 years for external device

10 years for internal device, 5 years for external device