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Comparison of Cochlear Implants

ManufacturerCochlear AmericasAdvanced BionicsMed-El
External ProcessorNucleus 6 & KansoNaida Q90 & NeptuneSonnet & Rondo
Most Commonly Used ImplantSlim Straight (CI522)UltraSynchrony Flex-28
Number of Electrodes221624
Number of Channels221612
Internal CaseTitaniumTitaniumTitanium
Internal MagnetRemovableRemovableRemovable
MRI CompatibleYes up to 1.5 Tesla (magnet removed)Yes up to 1.5 Tesla (magnet removed)Yes up to 3.0 Tesla (magnet does not need to be removed)
Number of Memories454
Remote ControlYesYesYes
Wireless AccessoriesYesYesYes (through tele coil)
Ability to Use Underwater (IP68**)Yes (when used with Cochlear Aqua accessory)Yes (when used with Aqua Case) (Neptune is IP68)Yes (when used with WaterWear)
Ability to Use with TelephoneYes: built in TelecoilYes: built in TelecoilYes: built in Telecoil
Battery Options675 Disposable or RechargeableRechargeable675 Disposable or Rechargeable
Warranty10 yrs for internal device, 5 yrs for external device10 yrs for internal device, 5 yrs for external device10 yrs for internal device, 5 yrs for external device