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Setting Up Your Cochlear Implant System

Your or your child’s cochlear implant system must be set up properly in order to deliver optimal sound. Talking with friends on the telephone, conducting business on a cell phone, or listening to your favorite songs on a battery-powered music player can be enjoyable, rewarding hearing moments. To help make it easier for your child or you to enjoy these technologies, the following guides and tips are available for setting up your cochlear implant system and connecting to battery-powered consumer electronic devices.

Quick-Start Guide & System Check for Harmony Processors


Follow these steps to set up and check that your HarmonyTM processor is working properly:

Step 1

Slide a fully charged PowerCelTM battery onto the Processor module. This will turn on the Harmony sound processor. Check to ensure that the PowerCel is in a fully aligned position with the Processor module and that the PowerCel is charged by verifying that the visual indicator (LED) sequence displays three to four quick orange blinks.

Step 2 (optional)

Position the Accent Color Cover over the Harmony processor and snap into place.

Step 3

Make sure that the Headpiece Cable is plugged into the Processor module. Verify that the Cable is not twisted or frayed.

Step 4

Align and gently snap into place the selected Earhook. Check to verify that the Earhook is properly positioned. To remove the Earhook, turn in either direction until the Earhook releases from the post.

Step 5

Verify that the Program Selector and Volume Control are in the desired positions.

Step 6

Ensure that the Processor is in a comfortable position behind the ear or at your preferred wearing location.

Step 7

Ensure that the Headpiece is positioned over the internal implant (you will feel the magnetic attraction).

Step 8 (for children)

Perform a behavioral listening check, using the Ling Six sounds or another listening activity.

If there are no obvious signs of damage, continue on to the troubleshooting guidelines for your sound processor. If there are visible signs of damage to any part of your sound processor system, contact your Regional Advanced Bionics office to order replacement equipment.

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Quick-Start Guide & System Check for Auria Processors

Follow these guides to set up and check that your AuriaTM processor is working properly:

Step 1

Slide a fully charged PowerCel into position on the Processor module. This will turn on the Auria sound processor. Check to ensure that the PowerCel is in a fully aligned position with the Processor module.

Step 2 (optional)

Position the Accent color cover over the Auria processor and snap into place.

Step 3

Make sure that the Headpiece Cable is plugged into the Processor module. Check that the Cable is not twisted or frayed.


Step 4

Align and gently snap into place the selected Earhook. Verify that the Earhook is properly positioned. To remove the Earhook, simply apply slight pressure and turn in either direction until the Earhook releases from the post. If the FireFlyTM Earhook is in place, check to ensure that the PowerCel is fully charged by verifying that the visual indicator (LED) sequence displays four (4) quick blinks as the PowerCel slides into place.


Step 5

Verify that the Program selector and Volume Control are in the desired positions.


Step 6

Ensure that the Processor is in a comfortable position behind the ear or at your preferred wearing location.

Step 7

Ensure that the Headpiece is positioned over the implant (you will feel the magnetic attraction).

Step 8 (for children)

Perform a behavioral listening check, using the Ling Six sounds or another listening activity.

 

If you’re still experiencing any difficulties after following these steps, please contact the Advanced Bionics office in your region for further assistance.

Connecting to Landline and Cellular Telephones

Advanced Bionics understands how important it is to use telephones for wishing “happy birthday” to a long-distance family member, letting a coworker know you are running late, or calling for help in an emergency.

These detailed tips and instructions are available in English for help with using a landline, cordless, or cellular telephone with your AB cochlear implant system.

  • Harmony & Auria BTE Sound Processors
  • PSP & S-Series Body-Worn Sound Processors
  • Platinum & CII BTE Sound Processors

If you’re still experiencing any difficulties after following these tips, please contact the Advanced Bionics office in your region for further assistance.

Quick-Start Guide & System Check for PSP Processors

Follow these guides to set up and check that your PSPTM processor is working properly:

Step 1

Verify that the Program Selector Switch is in the off position (O).

Step 2

Slide a fully charged Battery or AA Battery compartment into position on the Processor. Check to ensure that the Battery is secure.

Step 3

Make sure that the headpiece cable is plugged into both the Processor and the Headpiece. Check that the cable is not twisted or frayed. The connections should be stable, not loose.

Step 4

Adjust the Volume control so that the indicator notch is all the way to the left.


Step 5

Verify that the Sensitivity control notch is in your use setting, typically the 12 o’clock position.


Step 6

Place the Headpiece over the internal implant site (you will feel the magnetic attraction).


Step 7

Turn on the Processor by switching the Program Selector from “Off” to the desired program location (•, ••, •••). The light emitting diode (LED) indicator will flash red to indicate charge. A fully charged battery will be indicated by three to four quick flashes.


Step 8

Verify that the LED stops flashing once successful communication or “lock” has been established between the Processor and implant.

Step 9

Slowly turn up the Volume Control to the recommended position. Note: the visual indicator (LED) will flash green in response to loud sounds, such as a clap or voicing near the Microphone.


Step 10 (for children)

Perform a behavioral listening check, using the e.g. Ling Six sounds or another listening activity.

If you’re still experiencing any difficulties after following these steps, please contact the Advanced Bionics office in your region for further assistance.

Connecting to Portable Music Players

Many cochlear implant recipients enjoy listening to music. These recommendations have been provided for help connecting to portable music devices, such as a battery-powered MP3 players.

Harmony & Auria BTE Sound Processors

  • Using the T-MicTM Microphone: The T-Mic provides a simple method for listening to your portable music player. It sits at the opening of the ear, which allows sound to be picked up from a natural position. Recipients can wear a standard pair of headphones over the ears, or use earbuds, and the T-Mic will pick up the sound. The T-Mic is an optional earhook and is the default choice for most adult cochlear implant recipients.
  • Using Direct ConnectTM Accessories: AB offers a Direct Connect Earhook, Direct Connect Cable, and an Audio Interface Cable. Together, these accessories allow you to connect Auria or Harmony processors directly to portable music players. Simply attach the Direct Connect Earhook to the sound processor and connect the Direct Connect Cable to the Earhook. Connect the Audio Interface Cable at one end to that cable and the other to a portable music player. [NOTE: AB strongly recommends that the Auxiliary Audio Cable only be used with battery-operated devices.]

PSP & S-Series Body-Worn Sound Processors

  • Using Over-the-Ear Headphones with the Music Player: Place the headphones directly over the headpiece. The headpiece houses a microphone that will pick up the sound being transmitted through the headphones.
  • Using the Audio Interface Cable to Directly Connect the Processor to the Portable Music Player: The Audio Interface Cable provides a direct connection between the portable music player and the PSP or S-Series processor. The Audio Interface Cable has a stereo plug, while the auxiliary jack on the PSP and S-Series processors accepts mono input. If interference is noted, it may be necessary to use a mono-to-stereo adapter between the Audio Interface Cable and your sound processor. Simply connect one end of the cable into the portable music player. Connect the other end of the cable into the mono-to-stereo adapter, and then connect the adapter to the auxiliary jack on the side of the PSP or S-Series sound processor. [NOTE: AB strongly recommends that the Auxiliary Audio Cable only be used with battery-operated devices.]

Platinum & CII BTE Sound Processor

  • Using the T-MicTM Microphone: The T-Mic provides a simple method for listening to your portable music player. It sits at the opening of the ear, which allows sound to be picked up from a natural position. Recipients can wear a standard pair of headphones over the ears, or use earbuds, and T-Mic will pick up the sound. The T-Mic is an optional earhook and is the default choice for most adult cochlear implant users.
  • Using the Auxiliary Audio Earhook and Cable: This earhook attaches to your processor and has a built-in cable that will provide a direct connection between the portable music player and your sound processor. Simply attach the Auxiliary Audio Earhook to your processor, and plug the Audio Interface Cable into the end of the earhook and the opposite end into the portable music player. [NOTE: AB strongly recommends that the Auxiliary Audio Cable only be used with battery-operated devices.]

If you’re still experiencing any difficulties after following these tips, please contact the Advanced Bionics office in your region for further assistance.

Accessories to Keep You Connected

Staying connected to family and friends over the telephone, or listening to your favorite music on consumer audio devices, can be rewarding experiences for cochlear implant recipients. AB has a full line of accessories to make sure you or your child can connect as conveniently and effortlessly as possible.

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