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It looks like there hasn't been a post in the Rondo forum since June.  

 

I'm surprised that with the Rondo promotion that there isn't more discussion of the Rondo.

 

I'm SSD and am currently planning on getting a Sonnet along with Rondo. Just waiting on insurance decision.  Since my clinic is a 2 processor, it would be 2 Sonnets and 1 Rondo.

 

I tried the BAHA using a headband and found it helpful would prefer the opportunity to also help with tinnitus and localization.  

 

I know the Rondo's electronics are older than the Sonnet and it only has one microphone but it seems like it might be good enough for me to use as my "regular" device to avoid awkwardness with eyeglasses.

 

Thoughts?

 

Tim

 

 

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Hi Tim,

I like the Rondo very much in the summer when sweating is a factor and I love the water wear option with the Rindo for swimming!

Many people use the Rondo as their preferred processor. I use it for select activities.

It sounds great.

Mary Beth

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Hi Tim,

I would say that combination Sonnet+Rondo is still pretty new so there is no many just Sonnet's experience not to mention comparison between these devices. It seems that users have to adjust and remind new possibilities after some time of the adjustment.

But, there is an interesting study where comparison between Opus 2 and Rondo has been made when used as a single unit:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25894727/?i=9&from=caversaccio

Enjoy! :)

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Thanks for sharing the article Ivana. I always appreciate the articles you share.

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From what I have been told, the internals of the opus 2 and rondo are the same. They are just "packaged" differently. I have not read the study but there is supposed to be no difference in the hearing quality between the 2. That being said, there are people that have said that they hear better with one over the other. I guess perception is reality so if you feel you hear better, then use that as your primary device.

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Thanks for everyone's input.  I read the summary of that study and found it reassuring.  Alas, my university doesn't seem to have full text for that journal.

 

It is unfortunate that a "Rondo 2" is not out yet with the Sonnet's electronics but I find it very interesting.  I can easily envision it being my regular daily processor.

 

Tim

 

PS.  I'm impressed that people here use real names so I edited out the alias from my profile.

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Hi Tim

I am also wondering what the future holds for the Rondo.

Mary Beth

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You should Adam;) - Caversaccio is very reliable researcher.

I haven't got whole study also, but Tim - Otology is an essential journal in the field of otorhinology.

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Mary B - Rondo is pretty old idea and I think that it won't be so easily forgotten.

Let's see - a blind man said ...;):)

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I would t be surprised if Medel isn't working on improving it in some way. Obviously they are not at liberty to say what they are working on until they are ready to submit to FDA. We will have to wait and see

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Oh - they saved update of the Opus model for great CI congress in Munich last year...

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Also - an update of the Soundbridge was waited for 10 or 12 years...

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I saw my audiologist last week and she said the same as you did Adam. I wouldn't be surprised. She explained the Sonnet and it sounds great given that the microphone is such that you get what I will call "surround sound"? I will wait to see if they improve the Rondo as I don't care for behind the ear.

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Sandy,

Isn't surround sound like an omnidirectional mic? I thought that is what the Opus2 has.

Mary Beth

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Guys you make the journey sound so exciting. I can't wait!!!

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Mary Beth, I think it was just the way the audiologist explained it to me, not that this is how you would hear. Just that you would hear from different directions instead of with only the one microphone with the Rondo.

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I love my RONDOS.  I wish they were just a bit less thick.  I love to wear baseball hats.  The hat doesn't look right when you loosen it up for the rondos.  I wear my Opus 2s for the hats!

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I find generally that things are quiet around the Rondo. Even at seminars where CI manufacturer's are all represented, Med-El Rondos are few and far between. (This is in the Netherlands). I'm always telling them to promote it more :) Their huge poster shows it, but only next to other models. Their glossy advertorial had a couple of pages for it. I hope they don't intend like 'phasing it out' or anything awful. Love me my Rondo.

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MedEl had been promoting the Rondo a lot in the US last year. They ran promotions that enabled new implant receivers to obtain a free Rondo. There is quite a fan club here for the Rondos but presently the newest software is only available in the BTE Sonnet processors.

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Yes there has been a big push in the US. I know of MANY rondo users. The people that I have talked to, seem to really like them. I have 2 Sonnets. For me, I just prefer the BTE

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My Rondo is my preferred processor.  I too wish it was a little less thick. makes for uneven hair! ;)

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Never thought about that Christine. I would guess the rondo will eventually get smaller. One thing I like about Medel. They are never satisfied and always trying to improve

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