The remarkably thin WaterWear will not compromise microphone performance, so RONDO recipients can be in and around water while enjoying excellent hearing performance.

The sleek, skin-tight cover is engineered for optimal comfort. WaterWear will be available in early 2015. The announcement was made at the 14th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children in Nashville, Tenn.

WaterWear packs include three covers, each of which can be used up to three times. The covers can be worn for up to ten hours at a time, and have been tested at water depths of up to four meters (approximately 13 feet) – longer and deeper than any waterproof processor cover on the market. The cover can be used in chlorinated water, freshwater and saltwater.

"WaterWear is a simple and elegant solution that provides RONDO wearers with the ability to fully submerge in water, while leaving their processor safe and dry. Within seconds, this reusable accessory transforms the RONDO into a completely waterproof device, without the need to change or adjust processors," said Ray Gamble, President & CEO, MED-EL North America.

"MED-EL is committed to our patients and their active, engaged lifestyle. WaterWear allows for all of the benefits of the exclusive RONDO design, without long cables or bulky cases."

MED-EL Medical Electronics is a leading provider of hearing implant systems worldwide. The company was founded by Austrian scientists and industry pioneers Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair, who together developed the world’s first microelectronic, multichannel cochlear implant in 1977.