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Advanced Bionics Partners with AG Bell and Funds New Initiatives

Programs will advance opportunities for hearing health professionals and individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing

Washington, DC, March 17, 2004 Advanced Bionics Corporations hearing health advocacy division, the Bionic Ear Association (BEA), has become a founding member of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearings (AG Bell) Circle Alliance Partnership. The partnership will advance the organizations common goals and is being funded through a $100,000 contribution from Advanced Bionics. The contribution will provide parents of children with hearing loss, adults who are deaf and hard of hearing, educators of the deaf, and clinicians in the field of hearing health with information and resources that promote listening and talking.

This is about investing in people, said Jeff Greiner, President and Co-CEO of Advanced Bionics Corporation. Through education, outreach, information exchange and networking, we will make a difference in peoples lives, he added.

As a founding Circle Alliance Partner, the Bionic Ear Association (BEA) is co-developing resources and advocacy initiatives with AG Bell to further enhance outreach and education.

As a way of celebrating this momentous partnership, we have launched a contest to provide registrations for two family members to attend the AG Bell 2004 Convention in Anaheim, California June 25-29, said Teresa Webb, Au.D, Manager of the Bionic Ear Association. We are also sponsoring a family to attend AG Bells first international conference in Europe, the 2004 Focus on the Family Promoting Listening and Talking in Como, Italy May 29-30.

AG Bell appreciates the leadership and support from Advanced Bionics astogetherwe expand opportunities for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing to achieve greater independence. said K. Todd Houston, Ph.D., Executive Director/CEO, AG Bell.

For more information on AG Bell or Advanced Bionics, please contact:

Teresa Webb
Advanced Bionics
Bionic Ear Association
800-678-2575 (Voice)
800-678-3575 (TTY)

Garrett Yates
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
866-337-5220, ext 121 (Voice)
202-337-5221 (TTY)

Advanced Bionics Corporation, headquartered in Valencia, California, is the leading innovator of bionic devices for people with neurological disorders. The company holds more U.S. patents for cochlear implant technology than all other manufacturers combined. Advanced Bionics is widely recognized as the developer of the most technologically-advanced medical device to restore a human sense - the HiResolution Bionic Ear System for deaf infants, children and adults. The company is engaged in other pioneering bionic technologies, including a spinal cord stimulator for people with chronic pain, and the worlds first bionic microstimulator. We strive to enable the deaf to hear, the blind to see and the lame to walk, says Alfred Mann, world-renowned businessman, inventor, and Chairman of Advanced Bionics.

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) is the largest membership organization worldwide promoting the use of spoken language and hearing technology from infancy through adulthood. Members include parents of children with hearing loss, adults who are deaf or hard of hearing, educators, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, physicians, and other professionals in fields related to hearing loss. Founded in 1890 by Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, AG Bell is headquartered in Washington, DC and has chapters located throughout the United States and Canada and a global network of international affiliates. Through scholarships, publications, outreach and advocacy, AG Bell supports its mission: Advocating Independence through Listening and Talking!

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