Freedom® Hybrid™ System

There are a variety of accessories available to assist you with better hearing outcomes in different situations.

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There are a variety of accessories available that can assist with your hearing performance when using the Cochlear Hybrid™ System.

Wired accessories

The following accessories, or wired assistive listening devices, can be connected to your processor.

Personal audio cable

The personal audio cable can be connected to personal music systems, handheld games or other battery powered equipment to your processor.

Hybrid personal audio cable in black

 

TV/Hi-Fi cable

The TV/Hi-Fi cable can be used to connect a TV, Hi-Fi or stereo, personal computer or other mains powered sound source to your processor.

*Note: You should use the mains isolation cable when also connecting to sound sources that use mains power)

Hybrid TV HiFi cable in black

 

Monitor earphones

Monitor earphones can be used by another person (with unaided hearing) to listen to the sound signal from the:

  • microphone
  • in-built telecoil
  • microphone and in-built telecoil together
  • lapel microphone
  • or an accessory (other than the lapel microphone) and microphone together
Hybrid monitor earphones

 

 

 

Lapel microphone

The lapel microphone can be used to improve communication in noisy environments. When using a lapel microphone, you will only hear sounds through the lapel microphone. Adjusting either the microphone sensitivity or volume changes the level of sound heard through the microphone.

Hybrid lapel microphone in black

 

FM cable

The FM cable can assist in sending sound signals from a commercially available FM listening system to your processor.

Hybrid FM cable

Wireless accessories

In addition, commercially available wireless technology assistive listening devices you may want to try include:

Induction loop systems

The built in telecoil operates with induction loop systems

FM systems (such as the MicroLink Freedom)

The MicroLink Freedom® is a Phonak product that fits the Freedom BTE controller only. It will not fit into the Freedom mini BTE * controller.

 

Other accessories

Microphone protectors

The microphone protector should be in place at all times. Clean daily with a soft brush or cloth, while they are positioned on your processor. Replace the microphone protector when sound quality is degraded or it becomes dirty. If you are unsure they need to be replaced, try using new protectors and if the sound quality improves or is louder, dispose of the old protectors. Replace the protector every month (at the very least) to ensure optimal sound quality and hearing performance.

Mic Lock

The Mic lock is a retention device used to hold your processor in place behind the ear. The Mic lock cannot be used while the Acoustic Component is connected to your processor.

The band version Mic lock can be used on the Freedom BTE (behind the ear) Controller, the Mini BTE Controller and the Bodyworn cable. The stirrup version Mic lock is for use with the Freedom Bodyworn cable only.

Hybrid miclock

Standard earhook

The standard ear hook enables the processor to be worn without the earpiece and cable.

 

Acoustic components

The HybridTM acoustic component is a detachable part of the Freedom Hybrid sound processor. It is made up of an earhook, earpiece and cable. When connected to the sound processor, it is used to provide acoustic amplification of low frequency sounds that can be heard using the residual hearing in the recipient’s implanted ear. The Freedom Hybrid sound processor and acoustic component together amplify low frequency sound and send the acoustic output to the earpiece of the acoustic component, via the earhook and connecting cable.

Freedom hybrid acoustic component

Earhook

The acoustic component plugs into the Freedom processing unit at the earhook connector. If you no longer wish to use the acoustic component, you can replace it with a standard earhook that does not include an earpiece.

Earpiece

The earpiece sends low frequency sound directly into the ear. The acoustic component utilises eight fixed high-resolution filters, which operate between 125 Hz and 1800 Hz. Access to the entire sound spectrum is achieved by the combination of acoustic amplification and electrical stimulation. The active amplification range can be adjusted during programming. This means you can access low pitched sounds through the acoustic component and high pitched sounds through the Cochlear Implant sound processor. It is not possible to remove the earpiece from the cable and earhook. The earpiece is part of the acoustic component, which cannot be disassembled.

Cable

The clinic or hearing health professional will need to determine the necessary length of the acoustic component cable of the recipient. The cable length is pre-adjusted to the length determined by the clinic. The cable length can be further finely adjusted by +/– 3 mm. An over-travel marker (red dot – see Figure) indicates that the earpiece cable has been pulled out to the maximum length of extension.

 

 

 

Please seek advice from your medical practitioner or health professional about treatments for hearing loss. They will be able to advise on a suitable solution for the hearing loss condition. All products should be used only as directed by your medical practitioner or health professional.

Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative.