HiFocus Mid-Scala Electrode

The HiFocus Mid-Scala electrode for HiRes 90K Advantage implants from Advanced Bionics is the industry’s latest innovation in electrode design. Developed through extensive research and using state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, the HiFocus Mid-Scala electrode has been designed for optimal placement in the cochlea to protect its delicate structures and preserve any residual hearing.



Featuring the industry’s smallest pre-curved array, the HiFocus Mid-Scala is also the industry’s only pre-curved electrode developed for the latest soft surgery approaches, including round window insertion, to suit surgeon preferences and individual recipient needs. Only AB offers surgeons the choice of using a freehand technique or a special insertion tool uniquely designed for easy control and placement. AB also exclusively provides the ability to reload the electrode in the OR.

HiFocus™ Electrode Family: More Options for Better Hearing

HiFocus™ Mid-Scala Electrode

Offering surgeons precise control of the angle and speed of insertion, the HiFocus Mid-Scala electrode has been developed to insert easily and gently for maximum protection of the cochlea.

HiFocus™ 1j Electrode

AB’s HiFocus 1j electrode is designed for highly effective placement inside the cochlea. With a robust design and ease of implantation, the HiFocus 1j is the electrode of choice for many surgeons worldwide.

HiFocus Helix™ Electrode

AB’s HiFocus Helix electrode is designed to conform to the cochlea’s natural contour. It can be implanted using more than one surgical approach and offers the ability to reload the electrode providing peace of mind to the surgeon.

Photos courtesy of S. Rebsher, L. Lustig, M.D., UCSF; T. Roland, M.D., NYU




Advanced Bionics Supports Hearing Healthcare Professionals

Advanced Bionics is committed to supporting those who work in the field of cochlear implants by providing a variety of resources designed to help you counsel your patients on their journey to hearing.

Instructional Patient Materials

AB’s patient materials help you counsel cochlear implant candidates and patients about technology that helps improve their sense of hearing as well as their quality of life.

Unilateral Patient Resources

AB offers resources that educate patients on their journey to hearing. Patients considering a unilateral cochlear implant will better understand the process through AB’s informative literature.

Bilateral Patient Resources

AB’s literature helps explain how patients considering bilateral cochlear implants can benefit from hearing with two ears, instead of just one. From better hearing in noisy environments, improved localization of sound, and greater ease of listening to situational hearing advantages, improved sound quality, and uninterrupted hearing, these educational materials cover the benefits that bilateral hearing is designed to deliver.

Pediatric Patient Resources

Parents of your pediatric patients may be comforted by educational materials that demonstrate how their child’s hearing and quality of life can be improved with one or two cochlear implants.

Literature You Can Use

AB’s Training Library, Document Library, and Audiologists & Surgeons Library provide documents and interactive training materials to help further your understanding of cochlear implants and the latest technology. You can also find events online in your area to support your continuing education.

AB’s Cochlear Implant Center Services

AB is committed to supporting your practice with important services that can assist you in caring for your cochlear implant candidates and recipients. Our services are designed to help improve patient access to audiology services and reduce your center’s non-billable hours.

AB’s Technical Services; Troubleshoot Along the Way

AB offers services for professionals and their patients, including assistance with technical support to help troubleshoot any potential issues.

Product Registration for Simplified Exchanges and Coverage

AB makes it easy to register your patients’ cochlear implant products. This important step helps AB support patients with exchanges and warranty coverage when required.

Fitting Software that Streamlines Your Practice

Access AB’s completely redesigned SoundWave 2.0. Designed in collaboration with clinicians like you, SoundWave 2.0 helps streamline fitting sessions and improve your workflow.



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