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Hear Your Best with the Latest Technology

When you choose a cochlear implant system from AB, you benefit from superior internal technology now and external upgradeability for the future so that your hearing advances as the technology does - without the need for surgery. You can count on new innovations from AB that improve your hearing and quality of life.

Naída CI Q70

As the innovation leader in cochlear implant technology, Advanced Bionics is always developing new ways for you to hear your best.


The exciting Naída CI Q70 (Naída CI) sound processor is the world’s most advanced behind-the-ear sound processor. Delivering high-performance hearing with a featherlite, instyle™ design, Naída CI sound processors are incredibly lightweight for barely noticeable, on and off-ear comfort.



Full Performance Package

  • 55% improvement in speech understanding in noise when AB’s ClearVoice™* technology and the Phonak UltraZoom feature are used together1
  • 100% wireless connectivity to consumer electronics—streaming from Bluetooth devices, phones, and countless other popular products by leading brands, including Apple, Samsung, and Nokia
  • Bimodal first—media can be streamed to a compatible Phonak hearing aid and a Naída CI sound processor at the same time!
  • All-new Binaural VoiceStream Technology™ designed for improved hearing in noise
  • First-ever bilateral feature for easy use and peace of mind—each processor can be programmed for both sides so the best ear can still hear if a processor is misplaced
  • 40% smaller than the previous behind-the-ear sound processor—incredibly lightweight for barely noticeable on and off-ear comfort
  • Proven AB technology, including ClearVoice, AutoSound™, HiRes Fidelity 120™*, and HiRes™ Optima sound processing*
  • All-new, discreet T-Mic™ 2

Upgrading to a Naída CI Processor is Easy!

AB Insurance Reimbursement specialists are ready to assist you with insurance coverage for your new Naída CI processor. Payment plans are also available.


Complete your Naída CI order form at AB will send your new Naída CI processor directly to you. Your existing processor does not need to be returned. Once you receive your Naída CI processor, contact your clinician to schedule a programming appointment. Please be aware that new software is needed to program your new Naída CI processor. We ask for your patience if there is a slight delay in scheduling your programming appointment due to an increased number of appointments for upgrades.


If you have any questions about upgrading to Naída CI, please contact your AB representative or customer service.

C1 Recipient Enjoys Better Hearing with Harmony

See how Harmony has improved the hearing experience for this C1 recipient.

C1 Recipients, Upgrade to Harmony

Advanced Bionics is pleased to introduce the HarmonyTM behind-the-ear sound processor for our first generation C1.0 and C1.2 cochlear implant recipients. Harmony is AB's most sophisticated sound processing system designed to deliver the best hearing experience possible. Superior hearing with Harmony can translate into better learning, stronger connections with family and friends, and a fuller appreciation of life's incredible soundtrack.

Hear Your Best in Noise with Harmony

Hearing in noise can be difficult even for those with normal hearing. You need to be able to hear in noisy work environments and follow conversations in loud restaurants to communicate successfully. Children need to hear in loud classrooms to learn effectively.

Independent research shows that, in noisy settings, AB’s Harmony helps your child or you to hear more of your world. In a recent study, all the recipients understood more sentences in noise with Harmony’s unique T-Mic than with a behind-the-ear (BTE) microphone.2

Cassie Hears Better in Noise with Harmony

See how Harmony helps an AB recipient hear her best in noise.

Hear Music with Harmony

Harmony is designed to deliver all the details, layers, and complexities that make music so textured, rich, and rewarding.

  • HiRes Fidelity 120TM delivers 120 spectral bands so you or your child can hear more of the details needed for hearing and appreciating music.
  • T-MicTM is fully compatible with earbuds for use with consumer electronic devices such as battery-powered MP3 players.
  • AutoSoundTM automatically adjusts the volume as you listen, ensuring you don’t miss a note.
  • Harmony’s wide Input Dynamic Range enables you or your child to hear more sound with less distortion so it’s easier to hear music, lyrics and individual instruments. An independent study shows that, for listening to music, Harmony recipients prefer a wide IDR over a narrow IDR (programmed like the competition).3

Experience the HiRes Fidelity 120 Difference

Play this demo to hear and see how Harmony’s HiRes Fidelity 120TM technology can help you or your child appreciate music.

Hear Your Best in the Classroom with Harmony

For a child’s language development, the best way to learn how to talk is to hear others speak. That’s why it’s so critical that a cochlear implant system allows children to hear speech best in real-world environments like pre-school classrooms and playgroups. Independent research proves that children using AB technology make faster progress in language development than children using competitive technology.4 With Harmony’s sophisticated technology, available only from AB, children benefit from learning language right alongside their normal-hearing peers.

Hear Speech Clearly with ClearVoice

AB’s ClearVoiceTM strategy, built on HiRes Fidelity 120TM technology, is designed to automatically analyze and adapt to each listening situation that you encounter throughout the day, separating the distracting noises from what you want to hear most - speech.

ClearVoice has been developed so that you can hear your spouse in a restaurant, your child in the car, your teacher in the classroom, or your favorite singer on the radio - without ever needing to change a program or make an adjustment to your sound processor.

The HarmonyTM HiResolutionTM Bionic Ear System with this groundbreaking technology innovation from AB is designed to provide you with these important benefits:

  • Effortless listening across a range of environments
  • Improved speech clarity in noisy situations
  • Diminished stress and fatigue



*Not approved for pediatric use in the United States.




Hehrmann P, Fredelake S, Hamacher V, Dyballa K-H, Büchner A. Improved Speech Intelligibility with Cochlear Implants Using State-of-the-Art Noise Reduction Algorithms. Speech Communication; Proceedings of the 10th ITG Symposium, 09/2012.


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.


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.


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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