Advanced Bionics partners with its sister company, Phonak to incorporate the latest hearing aid technology into cochlear implant solutions for both adults and children. They are based in Los Angeles, Calif., and their products are distributed worldwide.
Cochlear implants are an implantable hearing treatment for severe-to-profound hearing loss. Instead of delivering sound through the ear canal like traditional hearing aids, cochlear implants provide a sense of sound by stimulating the auditory nerve directly with an implanted electrode array. The two main components of a cochlear implant, the external sound processor and the implanted electrode array, are connected via a strong magnet.
Advanced Bionics currently makes three cochlear implant processors: the Naida CI Q90, the Neptune and the Chorus. All of the processors are couple to the implanted portion, branded the HiRes™ Ultra Cochlear Implant.
The Naida CI Q90 sound processor sits behind the ear. It combines proven cochlear implant technology with sound processing technology proven to be successful in Phonak hearing aids to deliver a quality hearing experience. This sound processor can be worn unilaterally, bilaterally or as a bimodal solution with a Phonak Naida hearing aid on the opposite ear. Using the CI Connect accessory, you can connect wirelessly to any Bluetooth device to stream sound, or to your smartphone for hands-free calling.
Some patients have residual hearing ability in their implanted ear. These patients can wear the Naída CI Q90 Electric Acoustic Stimulation, which is an all-in-one cochlear implant and hearing aid combination.
The Neptune sound processor sits off the ear and it's the first sound processor to be waterproof for swimming and bathing. The processor can be worn in your hair, on your arm, under your collar or in your pocket.
The Chorus sound processor is compatible with the previous generation of Clarion sound processors and implants. It is worn off the ear and can be put in a waterproof case.
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Specially trained audiologists and ENT physicians work together to implant, program and help you maintain these types of hearing treatments. Contact a clinic affiliated with Advanced Bionics to learn more about their cochlear implant solutions.