FineHearing Defines the Finer Details of Sound
Like a telephone, a cochlear implant works by converting sound into complex electrical signals. In an implant, the method used to make this conversion is called a sound coding strategy. During the past two decades, cochlear implant sound coding strategies have only been able to represent one part of a sound, the part known as the "envelope." The other part, called the "fine structure," could not previously be enhanced, due to limitations in technology. Fine structure is comprised of timing cues that provide fine details regarding subtle variations in the pitch of a sound.
With the introduction of FineHearing, MED-EL overcomes the limitations of envelope-based "traditional" coding strategies. MED-EL's new Fine Structure Processing (FSP2) strategy better represents both components of a sound: the envelope and the fine structure. By including the fine structure, the normal hearing process can be represented with greater accuracy than with the envelope alone. In other words, FineHearing can be described as "Hearing in High Definition." The clinical investigation with FineHearing users show clear benefits for speech understanding in background noise. The research also showed that listeners are able to detect smaller differences in pitch, and perceive a wider range of tones. This ability can provide many advantages, including appreciating the richness and complexity of music.1
The Thinnest and Lightest System Means Maximum Comfort in a Minimum Space
MED-EL's latest speech processor, the OPUS 2, is a milestone achievement in engineering, offering unparalleled comfort, battery life, hands-free capability, and remote access to controls. It is the thinnest and lightest processor available today,
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