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The Platinum Series Processor

Discreet Off-the-Ear Hearing, Premium Sound Quality

The Platinum SeriesTM Processor(PSP) offers AB’s unmatched sound processing technology in a discreet, body-worn option. The PSP is preferred by many parents of young children who are too small for an ear-level processor. The PSP also features large, tactile controls that make it an ideal choice for those with vision or dexterity challenges. With the PSP, adults and children alike can enjoy maximized hearing while wearing nothing on the ear.

“The ease of use of the equipment was important to us because not only were we going to have to learn to manage it, but so would our family who cares for her. We liked the option of the body-worn processor because she was an infant when she was implanted, and we liked that we could attach it to the harness and not have to worry about losing it.”

Lisa Cunningham, mother of Liliana, bilaterally implanted by age 13 months

The World of Sound in Detail

Children and adults who benefit from the ease and convenience of the Platinum Series Processor’s body-worn design will also enjoy access to AB’s unmatched technology, including:

  • HiRes Fidelity 120TM *: Designed to deliver five times more spectral resolution (120 spectral bands) than competing sound processors, so you hear more details in speech, music, and more.
  • AutoSoundTM: Adapts dynamically to every environment, automatically adjusting volume levels to optimize hearing, so you can concentrate on listening instead of making adjustments to your sound processor.
  • Wide IDR: Designed to enable you or your child to better hear soft speech, speech in noise, and the details of music.

*Not approved for pediatric patients in the United States.

PSP Features

The PSP’s convenient features are designed to help you or your child hear all the sounds that make life so rich.

  • Rechargeable Battery - Eco-friendly and cost-efficient, the PSP’s lithium-ion batteries last for years
  • Headpiece Cable - Five cable lengths are available in two different colors.
  • Easy-to-Use Controls - Large, tactile program, volume, and sensitivity controls make the PSP easy to operate for those with vision or dexterity challenges
  • Processor - The Platinum Series Sound Processor delivers AB’s unsurpassed sound quality
  • Built-in Microphone - The PSP’s microphone is built into the headpiece so you or your child don’t have to wear anything on the ear
  • Headpiece and Color Cap - The comfortably designed headpiece can be customized with six interchangeable color caps
  • Dual-Color LED Indicator - The LED will illuminate with a green or red light to confirm battery status, lock status, or microphone system status
  • Audible alerts - The PSP is equipped with a programmable alarm to alert parents and caregivers when battery power is low or if communication between the implant and processor has been disrupted
  • IntelliLinkTM - A safety feature to prevent bilateral mismatches.

PSP Accessories

The Platinum Series Processor is compatible with a number of accessories to suit a variety of ages and lifestyles.

  • Six interchangeable caps can be used to customize the look of your or your child’s Platinum headpiece
  • Headpiece cables are available in a variety of lengths and colors to fit each PSP user’s needs
  • An elegant leather carrying case is designed to hold and protect your body-worn processor
  • The nylon sport carrying case is a casual, weather-resistant option
  • Your young children can benefit from the PSP’s soft and lightweight single and bilateral harnesses
  • The hip patch case features a separate zippered compartment to hold a second battery or other important items
  • A control panel cover is designed to fit over the controls of the PSP to minimize the chance of inadvertenlty changing control settings
  • The System Sensor, a handheld pediatric diagnostic tool, helps parents and teachers confirm that the PSP is communicating with the implant and that the power source is operational
  • Telecoil Pickup: Used with hearing-aid-compatible telephones or other telecoil systems.
  • Telephone Adapter: Connects the telephone directly to the sound processor for input without interference.

Contact AB for additional accessories.

Hear Your Best

Hear Your Best in Real-World Settings

Just as an athlete trains hard to achieve a personal best time on race day, AB works hard to deliver performance to help you or your child enjoy the best possible hearing experience. Independent studies1-4 conducted by leading research scientists show that you or your child may hear your best with AB in:

  • Quiet environments, like libraries
  • Noisy settings, like restaurants
  • Private conversations, like when speech is as soft as a whisper
  • Group gatherings, like classrooms

Hear Your Best while Listening to Music

Whether you’re singing your baby to sleep or listening to a chart-topping single, music is an integral part of experiencing the richness of life. A multicenter study5,6 sponsored by AB proves that AB recipients have the opportunity to hear and enjoy music better than ever before.

Helping Children Succeed

Children begin learning to speak from the day they’re born. By age 3, they need to hear approximately 30,000 words a day to develop the language skills necessary to succeed in school.7

Without a cochlear implant, “the language gap” between children born deaf or with a hearing loss and their normal-hearing peers can continue to widen as they mature. This gap may be significantly narrowed or even closed entirely by choosing one or two bionic ears for your child.

Hear Your Best for Speech Development

AB’s sophisticated technology gives children the opportunity to hear their best and benefit from learning alongside their peers in a mainstream school setting. An independent study shows that during the initial six months of implant use, children with AB devices outperform children with competitor devices in developing listening and speaking abilities.8

Platinum Series Processor Technical Specifications

Sound Processing
Microphone: Frequency Range 150 Hz–8000 Hz, ~25 dB SPL (A weighted) noise floor
Audio Sound Capture: 12 bit over-sampled 4x for effective 13 bit Input Dynamic Range (instantaneous) 84 dB
Input Dynamic Range: 20 dB–80 dB programmable (60 dB default)
Effective Audio Sampling Rate: 17.4 kHz
Stimulation Rate: 136 pps–83,000 pps
Spectral Bands: 1-120 bands
Supported Strategies: HiRes-S with Fidelity 120, HiRes-P with Fidelity 120, HiRes-S, HiRes-P, CIS, MPS, SAS
Telemetry: Continuous bidirectional

Processor
Program Switch: Five-positions - Off, 3 program slots, 1 microphone test slot
Volume Dial: +/- 100% electrical dynamic range
Sensitivity Dial: +/- 10 dB
Status LED: Two colors - green and red; Total of six status indications; Battery status, Microphone status, and Error status categories
Audible Alarms programmable: Low Battery and Loss of Lock
Auxiliary Input/Output Port: 3.5 mm phono, mono jack with microphone bias and microphone test output
Operating Temperature Range: 0° to 45°C/32° to 113°F (non-condensing)
Storage Temperature Range: -20° to 55°C/-4° to 122°F

Power Operating Time
Batteries: Lithium-Ion Rechargeable battery 3 V–4.2 V at 4,500 mW-hours
AA Battery Compartment, 3 AA 3 V–4.5 V at 8000 mW-hours

Implant Compatability
ICS: HiRes 90K, CII Bionic Ear (CII), Clarion 1.2 (C 1.2), ClarionTM 1.0 (C 1.0)

Warranty
Processor and Headpiece: 3-year manufacturer warranty

References

1.

Spahr A, Dorman MF, Loiselle LH. 2007. Performance of Patients Using Different Cochlear Implant Systems: Effects of Input Dynamic Range. Ear and Hearing. 28:260-275.

2.

Haumann S, Buchner A, Lenarz Th. Does the Input Dynamic Range of Cochlear Implant Processors Influence Speech Perception in Adverse Listening Situations? Oral Presentation at the 10th International Conference on Cochlear Implant and Other Implantable Auditory Technologies, San Diego, CA. April 10-12, 2008.

3.

Gifford R. Speech Perception in a Realistic Background Noise: Effectiveness of Preprocessing Strategies and External Options for Improving the Signal-to-noise Ratio. Presentation at the 10th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Auditory Technologies, San Diego, CA, April 10–12, 2008.

4.

Wolfe J, Mears A. Effect of Input Dynamic Range on Speech Recognition and Music Enjoyment. Poster presentation at the 10th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Auditory Technologies, San Diego, CA, April 10-12, 2008.

5.

Quick A, Koch DB, Osberger MJ. HiResolution with Fidelity 120 Sound Processing: Listening Benefits in CII and HiRes 90K Implant Users. Poster Presentation at the Conference on Implantable Auditory Prostheses, July 15-20, 2007, Lake Tahoe, CA.

6.

Mirza S, Douglas SA, Lindsey P, Hildreth T, Hawthorne M. 2003. Appreciation of Music in Adult Patients with Cochlear Implants. Cochlear Implants International. 4(2): 85-95.

7.

Hart B, Risley TR. (1995) Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children. Brooks Publishing Co, Inc. Baltimore, MD.

8.

Bevilacqqua et al. Auditory and Language Abilities in Children: Comparison of Two Different Cochlear Implant Systems. Poster Presentation at the 10th International Conference on Cochlear Implant and Other Implantable Auditory Technologies, San Diego, CA April 10-12, 2008.

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