User Manual - For professionals

User Manual - For professionals
User Manual
for the Nucleus® Freedom™
BTE and Bodyworn
speech processors
Part Number: N31018F Issue 2
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Contents
Introduction..............................................................
5
Overview ......................................................................................5
Warranty, registration and patient identif cation card .. 8
Serial number ........................................................................ 8
Other Information .................................................................9
Program options available .................................................... 9
Nucleus SmartSound ..........................................................10
Speech Processor Components
.............................12
Processing Unit ..........................................................................12
Earhook ................................................................................13
Indicator light........................................................................15
Changing the Controllers ..................................................16
Coil .............................................................................................20
Coil connection ...................................................................20
Freedom Controllers ...............................................................22
Display ...................................................................................23
On and off .............................................................................25
Program selection................................................................26
Listening controls ...............................................................27
In-built Telecoil ....................................................................30
Button lock ................................................................................31
Resetting the Freedom speech processor .....................32
Private and public tones ..........................................................33
Batteries ......................................................................................34
BTE Controller ...................................................................35
Bodyworn Controller .........................................................37
General precautions for the use of batteries ................40
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Accessories ..............................................................
41
Connecting accessories ...........................................................42
Using accessories ......................................................................44
Lapel microphone ................................................................44
Audio mixing and other accessories ...............................44
Accessories and the telecoil .............................................46
Care and Troubleshooting......................................49
Care .............................................................................................49
Storage ..................................................................................49
Cleaning .................................................................................50
Disposal .................................................................................51
Warnings and precautions .................................................51
Microphone protector .......................................................51
Protective cover...................................................................52
Troubleshooting .......................................................................55
Help messages ......................................................................56
Private and public tones .....................................................57
Indicator light ......................................................................59
Bodyworn Controller battery indicator ........................59
Other problems ...................................................................60
Monitor earphones .............................................................64
Other Information ..................................................
67
Technical information ...............................................................67
Specif cations ........................................................................67
Operating characteristics .................................................68
Environmental conditions .................................................69
Equipment classif cation ....................................................69
Certif cation and applied standards ......................................69
Labelling symbols ......................................................................70
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Nucleus Freedom Speech Processor
Introduction
Overview
The Nucleus® Freedom™ speech processor is used together
with a Nucleus® Freedom™ implant, to transmit sound to
the cochlea.
The Freedom speech processor consists of a Processing Unit,
coil and a choice of two Controllers.
The smaller BTE Controller allows the speech processor
to be worn behind the ear as a BTE speech processor. It is
powered by three 675 zinc air batteries.
The larger Bodyworn Controller is worn on the body as
a body worn speech processor. It uses either two AAA
nickel/metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries, or disposable alkaline
batteries.
The two Controllers can be used interchangeably with the
same Processing Unit.
Warning
The Freedom speech processor contains small parts
that may be hazardous if swallowed, or may cause
choking if ingested or inhaled.
Infants and young children should wear the Bodyworn
Controller in a Cochlear-provided, tamper-resistant
pouch.
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Freedom speech processor
with BTE Controller
Coil
Magnet
Processing Unit
Indicator
light
Earhook
Display and
control
buttons
BTE Controller
with three zinc
air batteries
Accessories
connection
Select
button
Display
Decrease
button
Increase
button
Cover for
accessories
connection
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Freedom speech processor
with Bodyworn Controller
Magnet
Processing Unit
Indicator
light
Coil
Earhook
Accessories
connection
Bodyworn Shoe
and Cable
Display
Bodyworn Controller
with two AAA batteries
Control
buttons
Select button
Increase
button
Decrease
button
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Sound received by either the microphone, in-built telecoil, an
accessory, or a mix of microphone sound and sound from the
in-built telecoil or an accessory, is coded by the Processing
Unit and transmitted through the coil to the cochlear implant.
The implant’s electrodes stimulate the cochlea’s hearing nerve
f bres, which relay the signals to the brain to produce hearing
sensations.
Your speech processor has been programmed for use with
your implant only. It is important to only use your own
speech processor, to never swap yours with another person,
and if you have two implants, to correctly match the speech
processor to the correct implant.
Warranty, registration and patient
identifcation card
Your warranty is enclosed.
Please complete the registration card and return it to
Cochlear within 30 days of receiving your product.
You should also complete the supplied patient identif cation
card and carry it with you at all times.
Serial number
The serial number is 101005
plus the number found on
the spine of the Processing
Unit, under the microphone
protector, for example,
1010051234579
We suggest you make a note
of the full serial number for
future reference.
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For more information on how to remove the microphone
protector, see Care and Troubleshooting.
Other Information
For future reference, keep this manual in a safe place.
For information about the ‘H’ or Help messages, see Care
and Troubleshooting or a Freedom speech processor Quick
Reference Guide.
Your Freedom speech processor stores your f rst name, last
name, implant family, MAP identif er and recipient identif er.
This allows you to
•
attend another clinic for programming, when you wish
•
identify a speech processor as your own.
Access to this information occurs when the clinician opens
the program. That is, it is only able to be accessed in a
programming session.
Program options v
aailable
Up to four speech processing programs (P1 to P4) are
available for your use.
The program components are selected at the programming
session, when your clinician includes the features you want.
By including different features, the programs can be varied to
help you hear better in different listening situations:
•
Programs can include ways to improve your hearing,
using Nucleus® SmartSound™ and autosensitivity.
•
While you are normally able to vary settings for
microphone sensitivity or volume, programs can also
have them set at a f xed level.
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Either the microphone sensitivity or volume function
may be disabled, that is, turned off.
•
The indicator light and private tones can be activated or
turned on at the programming session. In addition, users
of Bodyworn Controllers can have public tones and
backlighting to the display activated, or turned on.
For more information on:
•
Nucleus SmartSound, see the next section
•
autosensitivity, microphone sensitivity and volume, see
Controllers
•
how to change between and vary programs, see
Controllers, Accessories and Care and Troubleshooting
•
the indicator light, private and public tones, see Processing
Unit and Care and Troubleshooting
Nucleus® SmartSound™
The following functions may be included as options, within a
program:
•
Beam™ allows you to focus on the sounds coming from
the direction in which you are looking. It can be used, for
example when you are talking with someone in a crowd,
where there is a lot of distracting noise behind or beside
you.
•
Whisper™ is better able to detect soft sounds in quiet
situations. It can be used, for example when you are in
a lecture or meeting where it is diff cult to hear from a
distance.
•
ADRO™ makes automatic adjustments where there
are large changes in sound between loud and soft. It
can be used, for example where there is a lot of noise:
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soft sounds are better detected, loud sounds are more
comfortable and speech is clearer.
Discuss with your clinician how you want these options
applied to your programs. To use them, select a program
where they have been included.
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Speech Processor
Components
This section of the manual describes the component parts of
your Nucleus® Freedom™ speech processor.
Processing Unit
The Processing Unit, incorporating Nucleus® SmartSound™
technology, is the brain of the speech processor, where
sound signals are encoded for transmission via the coil to the
implant.
Processing
Unit
Processing Unit
BTE
Controller
Bodyworn Shoe
and Cable
It is worn on the ear, with
either the BTE Controller or
with the shoe that connects it
to the Bodyworn Controller.
Both the coil cable and Bodyworn Shoe cable are available in
a variety of lengths.
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To attach the Bodyworn Shoe and
Cable to the Controller, line up the
dot mark on the plug with the dot
mark at the top of the Controller
and push the plug into the socket.
Note: Never poke anything into
the microphone ports on the
spine of the Processing Unit.
Microphone
ports
Earhook
Two earhooks are available, to f t differently sized ears. One is
designed for use by adults, the other by children. That is, one
is for use on larger ears, the other on smaller ears.
Smaller earhook
for use by an
adult
Larger earhook
for use by a child
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In addition, the earhook can be shaped to better f t, or be
more comfortable on your ear.
To shape the earhook, remove it from the Processing Unit,
place it in hot water for a few minutes and then bend it to
the shape you want.
To change or remove the earhook, pull it away from the
Processing Unit. Replace the earhook by pushing it back into
place.
Pull earhook
to remove
Pull earhook
to remove
Avoid twisting the
earhook. It may become
loose when twisted too
much.
Microphone protector
Microphone
protector
Always use the microphone
protector that covers the
microphone ports. It is designed
to protect your speech processor
from dirt and moisture.
The microphone protector should be replaced when it
becomes dirty or the sound quality deteriorates.
For more information on how to change the covers, see Care
and Troubleshooting.
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Indicator light
The red indicator light on
the Processing Unit can be
used as a visual indication
of normal function or to
indicate situations which
require attention, such as help
messages.
It can be turned on or off
in any program when the
clinician establishes each
program.
Indicator light indications:
Indicator light
•
f ickering when responding to incoming sounds
•
low f ash rate when warning the battery is low
•
high f ash rate when all other warning indications for
example, when the coil is not in position over the
implant
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Changing the Contr
ollers
To remove the Processing Unit from either the BTE
Controller or the Bodyworn Shoe and Cable, twist the
BTE Controller or shoe side facing you to the left and the
Processing Unit to the right, until the parts separate.
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To attach the BTE Controller or Bodyworn Shoe and Cable
to the Processing Unit:
1.
Hold the BTE Controller or shoe and the Processing
Unit so they touch, with the Controller or shoe side
facing you to the left and the Processing Unit to the right
of the f nal position.
2.
Twist the Controller or shoe, and the Processing Unit
until the two parts click into place.
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Mic Lock™
A Mic Lock™ can be used to hold the Processing Unit in
place behind the ear. The tube version can be used on both
the BTE Controller and Bodyworn Shoe. The stirrup is for use
with the Bodyworn Shoe and Cable.
To f t the Mic Lock:
1.
For the tube Mic Lock,
thread the earhook and
Processing Unit through
the Mic Lock tube and
move it down the unit
until it f ts f rmly.
For the BTE Controller,
position the Mic Lock
between the buttons,
so the transparent band
covers the display.
Alternatively, clip the stirrup Mic
Lock into the two holes towards
the base of the Bodyworn
Controller shoe.
2.
Put the processor on your ear.
3.
Bring the tubing around to the front of your ear and up
to the earhook. Either sized earhook can be worn with
the Mic Lock.
If the tube Mic Lock does not feel comfortable, for
a better f t, rotate the band around the base of your
speech processor.
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4.
Hold your speech processor f rmly in place, and
determine where the tubing should be cut.
5.
Mark the tubing, allowing for an additional few
millimetres, so it can attach to the earhook.
6.
Cut the tubing ONLY when you are certain the length
will allow a secure and comfortable f t.
7.
Feed it on to your earhook.
To wear the Processing Unit with the Mic Lock in place, fold
your ear down and gently pass your ear lobe through the
Processing Unit and Mic Lock until it is in position on your ear.
Alternatively, bring the tubing to the front of your ear and
feed it on to your earhook.
Your speech processor, with the Mic Lock in place, should f t
securely.
To remove the Processing Unit with the Mic Lock
attached, fold down your ear lobe and reverse the process.
Alternatively, ease the tubing off the earhook.
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Coil
The coil transmits the encoded information to your cochlear
implant.
A magnet holds the coil in place, over the implant.
Magnet
Turn the magnet in either
direction, to adjust how
tightly it is held to your head
The closer the magnet is to
the head, the more f rmly
it is held in place, and vice
versa.
If the magnet strength is too weak the coil may fall off. If it is
too strong, it may cause discomfort or skin irritation.
Warnings:
Consult your clinician if you wish to change your
magnet strength.
Store spare magnets safely. Store them away from
credit and other cards that have a magnetic strip.
Small parts may be hazardous if swallowed or may
cause choking if ingested or inhaled.
Coil connection
The coil plugs into the Processing Unit as shown.
Always hold the plug securely with two f ngers when
removing the plug from the Processing Unit. You may damage
the plug, cable or processing unit if you either pull the cable
or twist the plug.
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Note: If you plug the coil cable into the Processing Unit when
the speech processor is turned on, the speech processor may
turn off. If this occurs, hold down the Select button to turn
the speech processor back on, that is, until you either hear
sound or the display shows.
Alternatively, the display may not show anything, while the
speech processor continues to operate. If this occurs, stop the
power to the Processing Unit, and then restart it. To stop the
power, you can either:
•
Hold down the Select button until the speech processor
is off.
•
Twist the Processing Unit and BTE Controller or
Bodyworn Shoe and Cable until they no longer connect,
then twist them back into place again.
•
Slide the battery holder out, then in again.
After you have done one of the above, hold down the Select
button to turn the speech processor back on, that is, until you
either hear sound or the display shows.
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Freedom Controllers
In addition to the batteries, both the BTE Controller and
Bodyworn Controller have
•
a display, that indicates the
operations occurring, and
buttons, that operate
your Freedom speech
processor.
•
Display
Select button
Display
Select
button
Increase/
Decrease
button
Increase/Decrease button
The Bodyworn Controller can be worn in a pouch on a
harness or attached to a belt, or held in a pocket or secured
to your clothing.
Caution:
Although very unlikely, the Bodyworn Controller may
malfunction and overheat. To prevent discomfort
and/or irritation to the skin, infants and young children
should always wear the Bodyworn Controller in a
Cochlear provided pouch.
If an infant or young child cries without reason or
exhibits other behaviors consistent with discomfort,
parents and caretakers should check the Bodyworn
Controller and verify that it has not overheated.
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Display
The display generally shows the program in use, for example,
P1 and whether the microphone, in-built telecoil or both are
operating, varies according to the program in use and the
functions being used.
Program 3 in use
Microphone only
Program 3 in use
Microphone only
Program 2 in use
Telecoil only
Program 2 in use
Telecoil only
Program 2 in use
Microphone and telecoil
together
When the lapel microphone is used with the BTE Controller,
no ‘M’ or ‘T’ shows on the display.
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The Bodyworn Controller display has some indications
additional to those on the BTE Controller:
•
•
‘X’, showing that an accessory has
been activated. This may occur in
combination with the microphone.
•
a sound level indicator, that
responds to sounds picked up
by the microphone, telecoil or
accessory
battery level indicator
• both battery segments are lit, when the battery is full
• one battery segment is lit, when the battery is low.
The Bodyworn Controller display will light up (backlight) for
a few seconds when a button is pressed, or a Help message
f rst shows on the display.
In addition help messages may
show, either as a warning or sign
that action needs to be taken, for
example H2 for low batteries, or
H3 if the coil is not in place or is
not working. For more information
on help messages, see Care and
Troubleshooting.
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When the microphone sensitivity or volume is changed, the
symbol, S or V will show on the display. This lets you know
which function you are changing. The sound level will show as
a number, while the change is occurring.
Microphone sensitivity
setting
Volume setting
The display will return to the normal P status when no
further changes to the level occur.
On and off
To turn on, push the Select button for a few seconds, until
you either hear sounds if the speech
processor is in place on your head, or the
active program (P1, P2, P3 or P4) shows
on the display.
Note: the number of
programs available is set
by the clinician during
programming, up to a
maximum of 4.
To turn off, push the
Select button for a few
seconds, until the sound
stops, or the display is off.
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Program selection
To change to another program, push the Select button brief y
to move to the next program.
If you have the private tone operating, or with the Bodyworn
Controller either the private or public tone, when you change
to another program, the number of tones heard relates to
the program you are moving to. For example, if you are on
P2 and press Select, three sounds will be heard as you move
to P3. If you wish to move to P4 or P1 you need to wait until
the sounds f nish before brief y pushing the Select button
again. Repeat to move to P1.
If the private tone or public tone is not operating, no tone
will be heard when the Select button is pressed. However
there will be a slight gap in sound between the programs. If
you wish to continue to move on to another program, wait
until you hear the sound from the new program before you
press the button again.
That is, pressing the Select button when the sound gap is
occurring will not move the speech processor on to the next
program. You need to wait for the sound f rst before you
again press the Select button.
Continue further brief pushes until you reach the program
you want. It will skip the setting where there is no program.
For example, if you only have two programs it will only move
through two settings.
The program selected operates until you press the Select
button again. When you switch your speech processor off and
on again, it will remember the last ‘active’ program, including
the microphone sensitivity and volume settings you were
using.
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Listening contr
ols
You can use the microphone sensitivity and volume controls
to change the level of the sounds you hear.
You can adjust both the microphone sensitivity and the
volume levels for any program, unless they have been
set at a f xed level by your clinician, when the programs
were established. Generally, you are most likely to vary the
microphone sensitivity, as you adjust to environmental sounds.
The microphone sensitivity and volume settings are saved
with the particular program. If you change to a new program,
the level will be the same as previously used with that
program, that is, the last saved value for that program.
Once you f nd the level you want and you stop making
changes, the display will go back to the normal display after a
few seconds.
Whenever you wish to again change the level, repeat the
process.
To change between adjusting the microphone sensitivity and
volume, when both are available, press either the Increase or
Decrease buttons for at least a few seconds.
If your clinician has chosen to disable the microphone
sensitivity in a program, it will not operate and you will go
immediately to the volume setting when you press either side
of the Increase/Decrease buttons.
Similarly if your clinician has chosen to disable the volume
control, it will not be available.
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Microphone sensitivity
The microphone sensitivity controls the softest level of sound
picked up by the microphone.
In noisy situations decrease the sensitivity to reduce
background noise.
In quiet situations increase the sensitivity to hear very soft
sounds.
To change the microphone sensitivity level:
1. Push either the Increase/
Decrease button. The
display will show the
current microphone
sensitivity level.
2.
Continue pushing the
Increase/Decrease
button until you reach
the microphone
sensitivity level you want.
Push
either
The microphone
sensitivity is shown as
a number between
0 and 20. The
recommended level
is 12.
If you f nd you often set the sensitivity higher or lower than
this level, consult your clinician.
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Autosensitivity
Autosensitivity automatically adjusts the microphone
sensitivity and prevents the background noise from becoming
too loud. It may be included as an option, within one or more
of your programs. You can use it by changing to the program
where it is available.
Volume control
The volume controls your perception of loudness. Reduce
the volume if sounds are uncomfortably loud. Increase the
volume if speech, including your own voice, is too soft.
The volume level is shown as a number between 0 and 9.
If you are adjusting the volume setting often, or if adjusting the
volume causes you discomfort, consult your clinician.
To change the volume level:
1.
Push either the Increase
or Decrease button.
2.
Push either the Increase
or Decrease button
again, holding it down
for a slightly longer time,
until you either hear
a beep and/or see a
f ashing ‘V’ appear on
the display.
Push
either
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3.
Continue to repeatedly push either the Increase or
Decrease button until you reach the volume level you
want.
In-built elecoil
T
The in-built telecoil allows you to receive signals from a
•
hearing aid compatible telephone
•
room f tted with an induction loop, or
•
personal induction loop, such as a neck loop or cushion
loop (commercially available).
The sound signal from an amplif er, TV or Hi-Fi can also be
sent from an induction loop to the telecoil.
To select the in-built telecoil,
push both the Increase
and Decrease buttons at
the same time, for a few
seconds, until a ‘T’ shows on
the display.
Make sure your f nger
presses both sides of the
button area.
Hold
both
Your clinician can establish your program
to operate as either a telecoil alone,
or as a mix of your in-built telecoil and
speech processor microphone.
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When you are using the in-built telecoil and you change
either the microphone sensitivity or volume level, the ‘total’
sound will change. That is, the combined sound from both the
microphone and in-built telecoil will change.
For information on using your in-built telecoil when an
external accessory is attached, see Accessories and the telecoil.
Button lock
The button lock can be used to prevent children from
changing the controls or to avoid accidental button presses
changing the speech processor settings.
To lock or unlock the buttons,
push both the Select and Decrease
buttons for a few seconds.
Push both
to lock or
unlock
Push
both to
lock or
unlock
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The display will brief y show ‘+L’
to indicate the buttons are locked.
If you press any button when
locked, an ‘L’ will brief y show on
the display.
You will need to unlock the
buttons before turning off the
speech processor.
To unlock the buttons, press the
Select and Decrease buttons
together for a few seconds.
The display will brief y show ‘-L’ to
indicate the buttons are unlocked.
Resetting the rFeedom speech pr
ocessor
To reset the micrphone sensitivity
or volume levels to return to
the default settings, press all
three buttons (Select, Increase,
Decrease) together for a few
seconds.
Make sure your f nger
presses both sides of
the Increase/Decrease
button area. You will
hear a sound and the
display will go blank for
a moment.
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Private and pub
lic tones
Private and public tones can be used to hear when certain
Freedom speech processor functions are started, and
warnings occur.
The private tone is heard by you, and nobody else. It can be
used with either Controller.
The public tone is only available with the Bodyworn
Controller. It is heard by both you and people around you.
It allows people around you to assist you when there is an
alarm, for example when the batteries are going f at.
When using the Bodyworn Controller, both the private and
public tones can operate, or either one.
If you wish to use one or both of the tones, ask the clinician
to include them in your programs.
To stop the tone, press any button.
For more information on what the tones indicate, see
Troubleshooting.
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Batteries
Batteries should be replaced when any of the following occur:
•
low or f at battery warning tones are heard
•
low or f at battery help message shows on the display
(H1 or H2)
•
low battery warning (the half lit battery) shows on the
Bodyworn Controller display
•
you stop hearing sound
•
the sound you hear becomes intermittent.
For information on the warning sounds or indicators, see
Troubleshooting.
Remove batteries when they are f at, or when the battery
pack is to be stored for a period of time.
Use only battery types recommended by your clinician or
Cochlear. Other types may not have suff cient energy to allow
your Nucleus Freedom speech processor to either function
properly or last for a long time.
Never mix fully charged batteries with partially charged ones.
It only takes one low or f at battery to stop the processor
from working. Similarly, never mix brands or battery types, for
example, zinc air with alkaline batteries.
Warnings:
Flat batteries may leak corrosive f uids and cause
damage if left inside your Freedom Controller.
Dispose of used batteries in accordance with your
local regulations.
Never dispose of batteries in f re.
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Do not let children replace batteries without adult
supervision.
Make sure that batteries are kept out of reach of
young children.
Batteries can be harmful if swallowed. If swallowed,
seek prompt medical attention at the nearest
emergency center or Poisons Information Center.
BTE Controller
Your Freedom BTE Controller uses three high power
675 zinc air batteries. Silver Oxide or alkaline batteries can
also be used in very humid conditions: your Freedom BTE
speech processor will only operate for a few hours when
Silver Oxide or alkaline batteries are used. Do NOT use
rechargeable NiMH button cells (HB 116/054).
High Power 675 zinc air batteries are sealed, usually with a
tab. Always remove the seal or tab at least one minute before
using, to allow air access to the battery, so it can operate.
To change the batteries:
1.
Remove the new set
of batteries from their
pack and make sure
the seals are removed.
2.
Let the new batteries
stand for one
minute, outside of
their packaging with
their seals removed,
to allow the air to
activate the batteries.
3.
Seal
Battery
Turn off the speech processor and take it off.
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4.
With your f ngernail in
each side of the base of
the battery holder, pull
the battery holder down
and out.
Grip
Pull out
Battery holder
5.
Remove the f at batteries by tipping the battery holder
to one side. They slide out from one side only.
The end of the BTE Controller can be used to push the
batteries out. Alternatively, use your coil’s magnet to pull
the batteries out.
6.
With the positive battery terminal
(the side with the holes) facing down,
slide the fresh batteries into place.
Push them in from the right hand
side when viewed from the back of
the battery holder.
Positive
battery
terminal
Do not force the batteries into place. They should f t
easily.
Take care all the batteries have the holes facing down.
Your speech processor will only work for a very limited
time if a battery is put in the wrong way, and then all
three batteries will need to be replaced.
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The bottom battery stands out a little from the battery
holder and appears not to be in position. This is normal.
7.
Replace the battery holder by sliding it up from the
bottom until the BTE Controller clips into place.
The bottom battery will be correctly placed when the
battery holder is in place.
Note: Dispose of used batteries in accordance with your local
regulations. Never dispose of batteries in f re.
Bodyworn Controller
Your Freedom Bodyworn Controller holds two AAA
batteries. Cochlear recommends rechargeable nickel/metalhydride (NiMH) batteries, or disposable alkaline batteries. For
optimum battery life of rechargeable batteries, use NiMH
batteries of at least 800mAh capacity.
Replacing the batteries
To replace the batteries:
1.
Turn off your speech processor.
2.
Firmly hold the cover and slide it down, to reveal the
battery compartment.
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3.
4.
Remove the old batteries
and replace with new ones.
Make sure the + and
- symbols on the batteries
match the + and - symbols
in the compartment.
+
Slide the cover back until it
clicks into place.
+
Note: Dispose of used batteries in accordance with your local
regulations. Never dispose of batteries in f re.
Recharging NiMH batteries
Use the charger supplied to charge NiMH batteries for use
with your body worn battery pack. For more information on
how to use it, see the instructions supplied with the charger.
Caution:
Do not use the charger for zinc/carbon, alkaline,
lithium or any other disposable batteries.
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Always ensure the batteries are placed so the + and
- symbols on the batteries match the + and - symbols
in the compartment.
Generally, the following precautions apply so you can get the
most out of your rechargeable batteries:
•
Ensure your battery charger is suitable for the type of
battery you are using.
•
Only charge rechargeable batteries. Do not recharge
disposable batteries, e.g. zinc/carbon or alkaline batteries.
•
After storing rechargeable batteries for an extended
period, it may be necessary to charge and discharge
them (that is, use them until they are fully f at), several
times to obtain maximum performance.
•
Remove rechargeable batteries from the charger,
immediately after they are charged.
•
As you use rechargeable NiMH batteries, their battery
life will fade. When batteries no longer last for a
reasonable period of time, dispose of them carefully, in
accordance with local regulations.
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General precautions or
f the use of batteries
Generally, the following precautions apply so you can get the
most out of your batteries:
•
Carry spare batteries in a closed plastic bag for safety,
making sure they do not come into contact with either
each other or metallic objects, for example coins or
hairclips. Any of these situations may accidentally short
circuit and thus discharge the battery, which may heat up
and even crack open.
•
Store batteries in cool places.
•
Do not heat batteries, for example never leave batteries
in sunlight, behind a window or in a car.
•
Never immerse batteries in water.
•
Do not deform batteries. For example, do not force
them into your speech processor. Do not drop batteries
on hard f oors.
•
If a battery has leaked f uid, don’t allow the f uid or liquid
to come in contact with skin or eyes. If contact is made,
wash with a lot of water and seek medical attention. It
is always a good idea to wash your hands after you have
handled batteries.
For more information, see Care and Troubleshooting.
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Accessories
The following accessories, or wired assistive listening devices,
can be connected to your Freedom speech processor:
•
Lapel microphone, to improve communication in noisy
environments.
•
FM cable, to send sound signals from a commercially
available FM listening system to your speech processor.
For a list of the FM cables available, and for information
on the one suited to your needs, contact your clinian.
•
TV/Hi-Fi cable, to connect a TV, Hi-Fi or stereo, personal
computer or other mains powered sound source to your
speech processor.
•
Personal Audio cable, to connect personal music systems,
handheld games or other battery powered equipment to
your speech processor.
Caution:Do NOT use the Personal Audio cable to
connect to equipment using a wall outlet, that is, to a
mains powered device.
Note: The above accessories may not be available in all
countries. Contact your clinician for further information.
In addition, commercially available wireless technology
assistive listening devices you may want to try include:
•
Induction loop systems
•
FM systems
Your in-built telecoil operates with induction loop systems.
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Connecting accessories
Your accessories plug into the socket either at the base of the
BTE Controller or the Bodyworn Shoe.
To attach the accessory:
3.
1.
Use your f ngernail to lift the
socket cover.
2.
Push the accessory plug into
the socket.
Push both the
Increase and
Decrease buttons
at the same time
for a few seconds
to activate the
accessory.
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‘EA’ (external
accessory) shows
brief y on the display
while the change is
happening.
A short tone (if the private or public tone is turned on in that
program) conf rms the accessory’s connection. (The tone also
sounds when the accessory is disconnected.)
Press either the Increase or
Decrease button to adjust the sound
level. If not pressed again within a
short time, the display will go back
to the program display.
An ‘X’ on the Bodyworn
Controller display shows the
accessory has been activated.
To stop ‘hearing’ the accessory, remove it from either the base
of the BTE Controller or the Bodyworn Shoe.
When NOT using an accessory, ALWAYS keep the socket
cover in place, over the socket, to protect your speech
processor.
An accessory can be monitored by a hearing person using
the monitor earphones. For more information, see Care and
Troubleshooting.
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Using accessories
Lapel microphone
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.
Audio mixing and other accessories
The sound from the speech processor’s microphone will be
mixed with that from the:
•
personal audio cable
•
TV/Hi-Fi cable
•
FM cable or
• FM system
With the accessory activated, both
an ‘M’ and ‘X’ show on the Bodyworn
Controller display.
The microphone sensitivity button varies the level received by
the microphone, while the sound from the accessory remains
constant.
To hear more environmental sound, press the Increase button.
To hear less environmental sound, press the Decrease button.
If you only want to hear the signal from the accessory, press
the Decrease button until the microphone sensitivity is
zero (0). This will switch off the external sounds received by
the microphone.
When the accessory has a sound level control, it can be used
to change the level of sound being heard from the accessory.
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To change the sound level
when using microphone
sensitivity, press either
the Increase or Decrease
button. If not pressed again
within a short time, the
display will revert to the
program display.
When you change the volume level, the total sound signal
changes, that is the level of the accessory and the microphone
signal change together. Generally the volume control level
should be set at 2 or more.
To change the sound level when using volume:
1.
Push either the Increase or Decrease button.
2.
Push either the Increase or Decrease button again,
holding it down for a slightly longer time, until you either
hear a beep and/or see a f ashing ‘V’ appear on the
display.
The balance between the amount of sound heard from the
accessory as compared with that heard from the speech
processor microphone will be set for each program when the
clinician establishes that program.
If the sound level is unsatisfactory when you are using
an accessory, ask your clinician to change it at your next
programming session. Alternatively your clinician may give you
different sound level options on different programs.
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Accessories and the telecoil
When you are using an accessory with your speech
processor, it is possible to change to use the in-built telecoil
or the microphone only setting, with the accessory still
attached to your speech processor. For example, if you are
using your TV/Hi-Fi cable and then wish to use a telephone
with a telecoil induction loop, you can switch to the in-built
telecoil setting while the TV/Hi-Fi cable is still attached.
This set of actions is part of a cycle. Each time you push both
the Increase and Decrease buttons at the same time, for a
few seconds, you move on to the next setting. Starting from
where you can hear the accessory, by pushing the buttons
you move to the in-built telecoil, then to the microphone
Speech
processor on
Plug in
accessory
Push Increase and Decrease
buttons at the same time for a few
seconds to start the accessory
Accessory
Push Increase and
Decrease buttons
at the same time
for a few seconds
In-built
telecoil
Push Increase and
Decrease buttons
at the same time
for a few seconds
Microphone
only
Push Increase and Decrease
buttons at the same time for a
few seconds
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and f nally return to the accessory. To skip a setting, push the
buttons a second time.
Note: When an accessory is not attached the cycle is
microphone - telecoil - microphone.
From accessory to telecoil
To move to the in-built
telecoil when the accessory
is attached, push both the
Increase and Decrease
buttons at the same time,
for a few seconds, until a ‘T’
shows on the display.
From telecoil to accessor
y
To move back to the accessory, twice push both the Increase
and Decrease buttons at the same time, for a few seconds,
until you can hear the accessory again.
From accessory to microphone
Alternatively you may wish to move from using your
accessory, to using your microphone only, while leaving the
accessory attached.
When using an accessory, to move to the microphone only
setting, twice push both the Increase and Decrease buttons
at the same time, for a few seconds, until an ‘M’ shows on the
display (except when using a lapel microphone) or you hear
sound through the microphone.
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From microphone to accessor
y
To move back to the accessory, push both the Increase and
Decrease buttons at the same time, for a few seconds, until
you can hear the accessory again.
Make sure your f nger presses both sides of the button area.
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Care and Troubleshooting
Care
Your speech processor should work well, even when used
in very cold or hot outdoor temperatures. Generally, in cold
temperatures your body heat is suff cient to keep the speech
processor warm, and working well. In very cold weather,
wear a hat or headband over the BTE speech processor or
Processing Unit.
If worn in hot temperatures it should work well. However,
when not worn do not leave your speech processor in very
hot areas, for example in sunlight, behind a window or in a car.
For information on the temperatures the speech processor is
tested to, see Technical information, Environmental conditions.
Do not wear your Nucleus® Freedom™ speech processor
while bathing or swimming. If your speech processor does
get wet, wipe it dry and place it in the dry aid kit for at least
twelve hours. If it then does not work, return it to your
clinician. Cochlear cannot guarantee that they will be able to
repair any water-damaged part.
Take off your speech processor when applying powder,
makeup or hairspray. These substances can get into and
damage your speech processor.
Avoid getting sand or dirt into any part of the system. If this
happens, shake out as much as possible, and if necessary
contact your clinician to arrange for its repair.
Storage
Store the speech processor overnight or when you are
not using it, in a dry aid kit or drying pack. Moisture or
humidity may cause the speech processor to cut-out or stop
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working. Before using the dry aid kit, read the manufacturer’s
instructions for use.
To store your speech processor overnight, you may either
leave your batteries in the Controller, or remove the battery
holder from the Controller and place it separately, with the
batteries in the holder, in the drying kit.
Warning:
Keep the drying chemical material away from young
children. Swallowing this material can cause serious
internal injuries.
For long term storage, remove the batteries from the
Controller. Remember to store them separately, to avoid
them from shorting each other.
You can also buy dry aid kits or drying packs that are able
to be used with your speech processor, from an electronics
store or pharmacy.
Cleaning
Keep battery contacts clean: use a moist cotton bud or swab
to gently clean the battery contacts. Take care not to apply
force, that may damage the contacts.
If batteries are dirty, wipe them with a clean DRY cloth. Be
careful to keep batteries dry and free from moisture.
Keep clean the contacts where the Processing Unit and either
the BTE Controller or Bodyworn Shoe connect: use a swab
dampened with medicinal alcohol to gently clean the contacts.
To clean external parts of the system, wipe gently with a
cloth slightly dampened with mild detergent. Regular cleaning
prevents dirt from building up.
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Disposal
Dispose of electrical components in accordance with your
local regulations.
Warnings and pr
ecautions
For more details on warnings and precautions, refer to the
Warnings and Precautions leaf et included in the documents
you received with your speech processor.
Microphone protector
The Freedom speech processor is designed to be used with
the microphone protector in place at all times.
The microphone protector can be replaced when it becomes
dirty, or the sound quality deteriorates.
You may f rst ask a hearing person to check the sound quality
by using the monitor earphones. Refer to Monitor earphones
for further information.
To remove the microphone protector from the Processing
Unit:
1.
2.
3.
Switch off your speech processor and remove it from
your head.
Remove the coil from the
Processing Unit.
Remove the BTE Controller
or the Bodyworn Shoe and
Cable, from the base of the
Processing Unit.
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4.
Starting at the base, slide your f ngernail or a narrow
blunt edge, along the side edge of the microphone
protector, until it lifts off the Processing Unit. Do NOT
use sharp pointed items to remove the microphone
protector.
5.
Replace the microphone protector by clipping it back
into place.
6.
Replace either the BTE Controller or the Bodyworn
Shoe and Cable.
Note: Always use the microphone protector. It protects your
speech processor from dirt and moisture.
Protective cover
A protective cover is attached to the base of the battery
holder of the BTE Controller, under a rubber plug. If you f nd
the batteries are not lasting as long as normal, the protective
cover may be dirty.
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To clean the protective cover:
1.
2.
Turn off your speech processor and remove it from your
head.
Battery holder
Remove the battery holder:
with your f ngernail or a
narrow blunt edge in each
side of the base of the
battery holder: pull the
battery holder down and out.
3.
Remove the batteries from the battery holder.
4.
Wash the battery holder (without the batteries) in warm
soapy water.
5.
Rinse the battery holder in clean water and dry well.
Place it overnight in the drying kit.
6.
Insert the batteries, and replace the battery holder in the
speech processor.
7.
Turn on the speech processor.
If battery life is still limited you may need to replace the
protective cover itself. It is under the plug at the base of your
battery holder.
To replace the protective cover:
1.
Turn off your speech processor and remove it from your
head.
2.
Remove the battery holder: with your f ngernail in each
side of the base of the battery holder, pull the battery
holder down and out.
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3.
Lift the straight back edge of the
rubber plug, from the base of
the battery holder.
4.
Peel off the protective cover
from the base of the battery
holder.
5.
Peel the new protective cover
off its paper backing. Attach
the sticky side of the protective
cover to the base of the battery
holder.
Protective
cover with
sticky side
facing up
6.
Push the rubber plug f rmly back
into place over the protective
cover.
7.
Replace the battery holder (with batteries), in the BTE
Controller.
Warning:
Take care with the batteries and the protective cover.
Small parts may be hazardous if swallowed or may
cause choking if inhaled.
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Troubleshooting
There are a number of indicators that something is not
working on your Freedom speech processor:
•
H message shows on the display
•
battery level indicator shows on the display
•
indicator light changes its f ashing pattern (if activated)
•
tone sound is heard (if activated)
•
sound stops (H4)
•
sound becomes intermittent or is not at a good or
comfortable level
•
the display does not operate
Take the action suggested when a problem arises or is
indicated. Do not use force on any of the components.
After each step, check if you hear any sound.
You may f nd the f rst H message is replaced with another.
Take the action suggested to rectify that problem. Continue
until no H messages are displayed.
If there is still a problem indicated after you have made all the
checks, contact your clinician. The speech processor should
only be repaired by a person authorised by Cochlear Limited.
Alternatively you may experience other problems which are
listed under Other problems.
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Help messages
The following help messages may show on your speech
processor display:
Help
message
Meaning
H1
Flat battery
Action to tak
e
Change all the
batteries. *
Note: you will
stop hearing
sound, and only
be able to turn
off the speech
processor.
H2
H3
Low battery
Coil error
Repeating help
message
The help message will
show for about f ve
minutes or until the
speech processor is
turned off.
Be prepared to
change all the
batteries. *
The normal display
will continue until the
H1 message shows.
Push any button
to return to the
normal display.
If you don’t push
any button H2 will
continue until H1
message shows.
Check
• coil position
• cable
connections
• for cable
damage.
The help message
will return if the
coil connection is
restored, and then
lost again.
If H3 still shows,
replace the coil.
H4
Audio error
Follow the steps
in the Other
problems section,
to try to f x the
problem.
The help message
will return after f ve
seconds if there is still
no sound, and/or the
steps taken to try to
f x the problem have
not been successful.
* Refer to the Batteries section for further information.
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Help
message
Meaning
Action to tak
e
H5
Program
corrupted
Continue to
use an alternate
program where
it is available
until you are
able to return
the speech
processor to
your clinician
so a new
program(s) can
be installed.
Repeating help
message
The help message
shows brief y, when
another program
is available to
automatically replace
the corrupted
program.
The help message
shows permanently
when no other
programs are
available, or all
available programs
have been corrupted.
Private and pub
lic tones
Private and/or public tones can be activated on by the
clinician when the program is devised to indicate particular
situations.
To stop either the private or public tone, press any button.
If you have diff culty hearing the private tone, ask your
clinician to adjust it at your programming session.
Private tones
The private tone is heard by you, and nobody else. It can be
used with either Controller.
When activated in the program, a tone sounds with
•
a high sound when
• the process or function has been successful, or
• the buttons have been locked or unlocked
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•
a number of high sounds to indicate the program
selected
For example, when you move from program 2 to
program 3, three sounds will be heard.
•
two low sounds when the battery is low
•
four low sounds when the batteries are f at
•
a high then low sound when the wrong key is pressed
If you have diff culty hearing the private tone, ask your
clinician to adjust it, at your programming session.
Public tones
The public tone is only available with the Bodyworn
Controller. It is heard by both you and people around you.
It allows people around you to assist you when there is an
alarm, for example when the batteries are going f at.
When the public tone is activated in the program, a tone
sounds with
•
a low sound when
• the process or function has been successful, or
• the buttons have been locked or unlocked
•
a number of low sounds to indicate the program
selected
For example, when you move from program 2 to
program 3, three sounds will be heard.
•
two high sounds when the battery is low
•
four high sounds when the batteries are f at
•
a low then high sound when the wrong key is pressed
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•
four high sounds which repeat every minute when H3
coil error or H4 audio error occurs.
Indicator light
The red indicator light can also
be turned on by the clinician in
the program.
When the indicator light is
turned on, it:
•
f ickers when incoming
sounds are being received
Indicator light
•
shows a slow f ash rate as a
low battery warning
•
shows a fast f ash rate for all other warnings. For
example when the coil is off its position over the implant,
or there is a sound error (H4).
The H message shows on the display to match the f ashing
light warning. Take the action suggested for the displayed H
message.
Bodyworn Controller
battery indicator
The display on the Bodyworn
Controller includes a battery level
indicator.
Battery full
When the battery is
•
full, both battery segments are lit.
•
low, one battery segment is lit.
•
f at, the the H1 Help message
shows.
Battery low
Battery f at
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Other problems
You may encounter some other problems that the H
messages, indicator light and tone don’t directly refer to. Take
the following steps to try to f x the problem.
If there is still a problem after you have made all the checks,
contact your clinician. The speech processor should only be
repaired by a person authorised by Cochlear Limited.
1. No sound
If sound stops, check which H message is showing and follow
the suggestions in the Help message table.
If the H4 message is showing:
•
Turn the speech processor off and then on.
•
Increase the microphone sensitivity or volume level.
If the level is very low, that is at around 0, and you are in
a very quiet room, the H4 message may show.
If no sound is heard, and the H4 message remains, reset
the level to the original position. If you leave it at the
higher level and change to use the in-built telecoil or
connect an accessory then, if heard, the sound will be
very loud.
•
Try using the speech processor either with the in-built
telecoil or an accessory, when available. If sound is heard
and the indicator light f ickers if activated, when the
in-built telecoil or accessory is used, then there is
probably a problem with the speech processor’s
microphone.
If you can hear sound while using any of these options,
for continuing short term use, you can use the lapel
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microphone with your speech processor. Return it to
your clinician for repair.
•
Have a hearing person use the monitor earphones to
check if sound is being received. Refer to the Monitor
earphones section following for further information.
2. Intermittent sound
If sound is intermittent:
•
If you are in a quiet place, move to where there is a little
more noise. It may be the sound level is very low.
•
Turn the speech processor off and then on.
•
Change the batteries - make sure they are fresh and of
the same type and make.
•
Check the batteries are correctly inserted.
•
Check the battery terminals are clean.
•
Wash or change the protective cover on the base of the
BTE battery holder.
•
Change your battery holder.
•
Check the coil and its cable for broken or twisted wires.
•
Check the coil is properly connected to the Processing
Unit.
•
Replace the coil.
•
Have a hearing person use the monitor earphones to
check if sound is being received. Refer to the Monitor
earphones section following for further information.
•
Change your Controller.
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3. Uncomfortable sound
If the sound level is not comfortable, for example when the
volume is low and the background noise is too high:
•
Check if the microphone sensitivity or volume level is as
recommended.
•
Change the level.
•
Speak into the microphone and watch how the indicator
light responds, if it is on in that program.
•
Change to another program to check if that program is
more comfortable, or to use a SmartSound™ function
better suited for the sound.
•
Wash or replace the microphone protective cover.
•
Use the lapel microphone and/or monitor earphones to
monitor the sound being received.
•
Ask your clinician to check your program setting(s) and
discuss whether you need a different program setting.
4. Display not showing
The speech processor may still operate when the display is
not showing.
Stop the power to the Processing Unit, and then restart it. To
stop the power, you can either:
•
Hold down the Select button until the speech processor
is off.
•
Twist the Processing Unit and either the BTE Controller
or the Bodyworn Controller shoe until they no longer
connect, then twist them back into place again.
•
Slide the battery holder out, then in again.
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After you have done one of the above, hold down the Select
button to turn the speech processor back on, that is, until you
either hear sound or the display shows.
Repeat the above steps. If the display is still not showing,
follow the checks suggested for when the sound is
intermittent.
Continue to use your speech processor until you are able to
return the Processing Unit to your clinician for repair.
5. Electromagnetic interf
erence
Try moving away from any electronic device that may be
causing interference, for example buzzing sounds or distorted
speech.
Most electronic devices produce electromagnetic f elds.
Headset cables, like antennae, pick them up. Common sources
of interference include:
•
radio and TV transmission towers
•
mobile phone towers
•
shopping centre and airport security systems
•
some digital mobile phones
•
battery chargers
•
f uorescent lighting
•
mains power boards
The electromagnetic interference (EMI) will be no louder
than your programmed levels and will neither hurt you nor
damage your speech processor. If you still hear buzzing or
distorted speech, turn off your speech processor, take off
your coil and consult your clinician.
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Monitor earphones
Monitor earphones can be used by a
hearing person to listen to the sound
signal from either:
• microphone
•
•
in-built telecoil
microphone and in-built telecoil together
•
lapel microphone
•
accessory (other than the lapel microphone) and
microphone together
To use the monitor earphones:
1.
Make sure the speech processor is on.
2.
Lift the socket cover and push the monitor earphones
into the socket at the base of the BTE Controller or
Bodyworn Controller shoe.
Caution:Do not use force.
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3.
If you wish to test an accessory, plug it into the monitor
earphone connector.
4.
Press both the Increase
and Decrease buttons for a
few seconds to activate the
earphones.
5.
Have the hearing person listen to the sound.
Note that monitor earphones only indicate that sound
can be heard: they do not indicate the quality of the
sound heard by the speech processor user.
If you attach the accessory after you have pressed the
Increase and Decrease buttons, press them again to activate
the accessory.
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Press any button to continue the sounds through the monitor
earphones. The sound will stop when no buttons have been
pressed for 90 seconds. To re-start the sound in the monitor
earphones, press both the Increase and Decrease buttons
again for a few seconds.
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Other Information
Technical information
Specif cations
Physical confguration
Modular architecture: BTE Controller or Bodyworn Shoe and Cable is detachable from the
Processing Unit, allowing connection of the Processing Unit to a different Controller.
Dual microphone architecture, microphones protected by a replaceable hydrophobic mesh.
The connection between the Processing Unit and any Controller or Bodyworn Controller
shoe is splash proof.
Processing Unit and BTE and Bodyworn Controllers are protected against solid foreign
objects greater than or equal to 1.0mm diameter, and protected against splashing water
(classif ed IP44 as described by the international standard IEC 60529 (2001-02-01) Degrees of Protection Provided by Enclosures (IP Code)).
Materials
Processing Unit and BTE Controller
ABS plastic is used for all components that come into contact with the user’s skin, apart from
the earhook, which is made out of EVA material.
Sealed internal epoxy f breglass and polyimide printed circuit boards with electronic circuitry
Bodyworn Controller
PC/PBT plastic case
Coil & Cables
ABS plastic is used for all components that come into contact with the user’s skin
Sealed internal epoxy f breglass and polyimide printed circuit boards with electronic circuitry
Cable attached to the coil
Dimensions (T
ypical)
Processing Unit:
38 x 24 x 12 mm
(1.50 x 0.94 x 0.47 in.)
BTE Controller:
37.5 x 22.5 x 14.5 mm
(1.48 x 0.89 x 0.57 in.)
Bodyworn Controller: 78 x 35 x 17 mm
(3.07 x 1.38 x 0.67 in.)
Coil:
(1.61 x 1.29 x 0.28 in.)
41 x 32.8 x 7 mm
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Weight (Typical)
Processing Unit:
4.2 g
(0.15 oz.)
BTE Controller:
9.9 g
(0.35 oz.) (includes 3 x ZnAir batteries)
Bodyworn Controller 25 g
(0.88 oz.) (excluding batteries)
Coil and cable:
(0.17 oz.)
4.8 g
Electronic circuitry
Custom analog and digital integrated circuit with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) capabilities
Dual microphone system
Internal Telecoil
Visual indicator of system function via a top indicator light
Visual indicator of system functional status via a display
Operating characteristics
Batteries
BTE Controller:
PR44 (675) Zinc Air, or SR44 Silver Oxide or LR44 Alkaline batteries
Bodyworn Controller: AAA size, LR03 Alkaline or HR03 NiMH batteries
Power consumption
60mW typical
External Audio Input
s
Four-pin custom connector for connection to external audio accessories
Accessories
Lapel microphone
TV HiFi cable for mains power equipment
Personal audio cable for battery operated equipment
Monitor earphones
Transmitting cab
le and coil connection
Four pin connector at the point of connection with the Processing Unit, sealed when mated;
cable permanently connected to the coil.
Controls
Push-button sealed 3 button interface, allowing Power On/Off, P1-P2-P3-P4 program
switching and Microphone sensitivity/Volume control.
The functional status is displayed at all times via a display.
Bodyworn Controller display has a backlight.
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Audio Amplifcation
Three audio inputs for dual microphones and AUX inputs or Telecoil. All audio processing is
done using Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Programmability F
eatures
In-built Flash memory for storage of user programs
Signal Processing
The audio signal processing is implemented digitally using Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
technologies.
Digital AGC & ASC with options such as ADRO™, BEAM™ and Whisper™.
Programmable speech coding strategies: ACE™, SPEAK and CIS with a wide range of
programmable parameters available for user’s selection on the same speech processor
Up to 22 high-resolution bandpass f lters provide spectral energy estimates over the
frequency range 100 to 8000Hz, depending on the program settings. Filters with the
maximum outputs can be selected. These can be varied. The program determines the f lters
selected and hence the electrodes stimulated.
Environmental conditions
o
o
o
Storage Temperature:
-20 C (-4 F) to +50 C (+122o F)
Storage Relative Humidity:
0% to 90%
Operating Temperature:
+5o C (+41o F) to +40o C (+104o F)
Operating Relative Humidity:
0% to 90% RH, Splash-proof design
Note: Check manufacturer’s recommended operating conditions for batteries used in the
speech processor
Equipment classifcation
The speech processor is internally powered equipment Type B as described in the
international standard IEC/BSI BS EN 60601-1 (1990-01-01) - Medical Electrical Equipment
Part 1: General Requirements for Safety.
Certif cation and applied standar
ds
The Nucleus® 24 cochlear implant system fulf ls the essential
requirements listed in Annex 1 of the EC directive 90/385/
EEC on Active Implantable Medical Devices as last amended
by EC Directive 93/68/EEC. It was approved for CE-Mark
according to Annex 2 by Notif ed Body 0197 in 1993, 1996,
2001, 2004 and 2005.
0197
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Labelling symbols
The symbols below are found on the Freedom speech
processor components and packaging.
Symbol
!
Meaning
See Instructions
Fragile
+50 C (+122 F)
Temperature Limit
-20 C?(-4 F)
%
Humidity Limit
0 - 90
CE Registration Mark
Type B Equipment
IP44
Rx Only
IP Rating
Protected against solid foreign
objects greater than or equal
to 1.0mm diameter, and protected
against splashing water
This device restricted
to sale by or on the order of a
physician
The statements made in this guide are believed to be true and correct as of the date of publication. However,
specif cations are subject to change without notice.
Nucleus® cochlear implant systems are covered by one or more international patents.
© Cochlear Limited 2005
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