When my left ear was implanted, I received an Opus 2 behind-the-ear processor, a backup, and a 3rd free. The 3rd one was a promotion RONDO single-unit processor that MED-EL is offering until June.
Then, after that, I also was able to trade my older, obsolete processors for another RONDO and Opus 2.
Now that I have two RONDO’s, one for each ear, I can wear them interchangeably with my Opus 2’s.
Here are some pros/cons to the RONDO:
- Smaller and thinner than it looks online
- No cords, less chance of it slipping off, which makes it more suitable for pilates, yoga or any other exercise that requires a lot of bending.
- Nothing on the ear
- MED-EL is developing accessories for the RONDO: sportsband and a rumored waterproof bag similar to Cochlear’s Aqua Accessory
- The microphone points up, so it’s like you’re hearing from the top of your head (this makes no sense to me).
- Not as easy to listen to music with headphones or use the phone
- Not much color choice, but there are SkinIts
The Opus 2 processor microphone sits on the ear, so it can be used more naturally with the phone, headphones, and in conversations facing people.
With all of that said, this is the first single-unit processor out there, so over time, they’ll make it smaller and hopefully design it so that it will feel more like the sound is coming from the ear, rather than the head.
I am glad I have two types of processors so that I can use them for different circumstances, but I think I’ll stick with my Opus 2’s for the majority of the time.
Find out more about the MED-EL cochlear implant processors on their website at www.medel.com.