What do we mean by closer-to-natural hearing with our cochlear implants? There are two main qualities of natural hearing that we design our implants to follow as closely as possible: pitch and loudness.
Pitch is the frequency of a sound, like high-pitched bird chirps or low-pitched dog barks. Why is a closer to natural frequency match so important? Simply put, sounds should sound like a sound. Whether it’s the laughter of a loved one or your favorite music, we work to make sounds more like you remember.
In nature, you use your whole cochlea to hear all the different pitches of sound. Our long, flexible electrode arrays are designed to use your whole cochlea. And we follow nature by using both types of natural sound coding to provide the closest match all the way from low pitches to high pitches.
The volume or loudness of sounds between both ears should also be balanced. We use a closer to natural loudness growth to help automatically balance the sound between our cochlear implants and any hearing aid.
With a closer match to natural hearing, you can use our MED-EL cochlear implants together with any hearing aid!