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December 4, 2023

Breakthrough Marvel cochlear implant technology now offers more hearing options with CROS device and supports remote programming.

Valencia, California, December 4, 2023 – Advanced Bionics (AB), a global leader in cochlear implant technology, received FDA approval and announces expansion of Marvel CI product and feature offerings to improve hearing care delivery and patient outcomes, including:
 

  • Remote Programming via patient’s smartphone using AB Remote Support app, making hearing care more accessible for cochlear implant (CI) patients 
  • Linked two-ear solutions including with a CROS device, allowing more CI patients to hear well from both sides 
  • Target CI version 1.5, an even more efficient version of our programming software for both cochlear implants and hearing instruments

Remote programming enables virtual CI adjustments with hearing care professionals

Cochlear implant patients often have to travel long distances to reach clinics for appointments with their hearing care professionals (HCPs). For others, mobility issues or busy schedules make receiving timely and necessary care for their CI and hearing needs challenging. AB’s new Remote Support app allows remote checking and programming using their smartphone.
 

The Remote Support app also allows HCPs to remotely and directly adjust settings for their patients’ Marvel CI sound processor and compatible Phonak hearing aid or CROS. This way, patients can discuss their progress, get their questions answered in real-time, and even receive full CI programming without a visit to the clinic. Remote Programming is another step towards improving accessibility for hearing healthcare for as many people as possible.

Expanded linked two-ear solutions including Phonak CROS device

Hearing with both ears provides a better sense of where sounds are coming from, allows people to hear better in noisy situations, and makes hearing less tiring.1,2,3 Together with our sister company Phonak, AB remains the only manufacturer to offer linked two-ear solutions with hearing aids and cochlear implants designed to communicate and work together as a pair. Now AB’s Marvel will also be the only CI system with a CROS (Contralateral Routing of Signal) device. With the introduction of the Phonak CROS device, AB gives people who hear with cochlear implants more possibilities to hear from all around them.
 

For people who have severe to profound hearing loss in both ears but hear with only one Marvel CI, having a CROS device on the other ear allows it to pick up sounds from that side and transmit them to the Marvel CI. This way, listeners can have a more complete sense of their surroundings and follow conversations from all directions, especially in noisy situations such as restaurants or in the car. Together with a pair of Marvel CI sound processors, or a bimodal pairing with Marvel CI and a Phonak Link M hearing aid, the introduction of CROS makes Marvel the only CI system with linked bilateral, bimodal, and CROS configurations.

Target CI version 1.5 is now better than ever

Target CI is designed to be the smarter CI fitting software, giving professionals the flexibility to meet their patient-specific needs. Since its introduction, it remains the only software which allows professionals to program a cochlear implant and the associated bimodal hearing aid with one software in one fitting session. Its intuitive workflow and user-centric design and features are made for faster fittings, allowing professionals to spend more time with their patients, rather than the software.

The new Version 1.5 is even more powerful, with usability enhancements related to workflow, ease of use, convenience, and professional performance. In addition to bimodal fittings, it now also supports programming and configuration of the compatible Phonak CROS device together with a Marvel CI. Target CI Version 1.5 has also reintroduced some of the popular features from the previous AB fitting software Soundwave, and HCPs can now import patient data from AB’s cochlear health monitoring tool, the AIM system.
 

“Since its introduction in 2020, Marvel CI has redefined hearing performance with cochlear implants," said Victoria E.Carr-Brendel, Ph.D., GVP, Sonova Group and President of Advanced Bionics. "Marvel CI’s universal Bluetooth connectivity, dedicated sound processor for children, and integrated compatibility with Phonak hearing devices are still features that are unique and unmatched on the market. The launch of these extended Marvel CI features today continues to demonstrate our focus on making it easier to hear and live with cochlear implants. Remote Programming gives people easier access to their hearing care professionals. The new CROS device allows more people with Marvel CIs to hear where sounds are coming from. And Target CI Version 1.5 allows professionals to serve their patients with even greater efficiency. Our mission has always been to allow people to live a life without limitations. And this launch is yet another big step towards that ultimate goal.”
 

For more information, please visit: advancedbionics.com

About Advanced Bionics

Advanced Bionics is a global leader in developing hearing solutions for individuals with severe-to-profound hearing loss who no longer benefit from hearing aids. Founded in 1993 and a subsidiary of Sonova Group since 2009, AB develops cutting-edge cochlear implant technology that allows recipients to hear their best. AB joined Phonak as part of Sonova Group’s family of companies and began a collaboration unlike any other in the industry. Since then, the innovation leaders in cochlear implants and hearing aids have continuously combined technologies to deliver new, unequalled hearing solutions.
 

With sales in more than 50 countries and a proven track record for developing high-performing, state-of-the-art products, AB’s talented worldwide group of technologists and professionals are driven to engage with patients and professionals, work with integrity, and stay firmly committed to the best possible performance.

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  1. Koch DB, Soli SD, Downing M, and Osberger MJ. 2009. Simultaneous Bilateral Cochlear Implantation: Prospective Study in Adults. Cochlear Implants International (February 26), Cochlear Implants International, n/a. doi: 10.1002/cii.413

  2. Zeitler D, et al. 2008. Speech Perception Benefits of Sequential Bilateral Cochlear Implantation in Children and Adults: A Retrospective Analysis. Otology & Neurotology. 29 (3): 314-325.

  3. Dunn, C, et al. 2008. Comparison of Speech Recognition and Localization Performance in Bilateral and Unilateral Cochlear Implant Users Matched on Duration of Deafness and Age of Implantation. Ear and Hearing. 29 (3): 352-359.

March 1, 2023

In 1993, there were only 623 internet websites. Nelson Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize and the European Union was founded in Maastricht, Netherlands. In the United States, the average gallon of gas was $1.16.

Also in 1993, an physicist, inventor, serial entrepreneur, and philanthropist named Alfred Mann founded Advanced Bionics on the outskirts of Los Angeles, California. Since then, AB has created new opportunities for individuals with hearing loss—allowing them to form powerful connections and to live a life without limitations thanks to cochlear implants.



a logo celebrating 30 years of advanced bionics


About Advanced Bionics

Advanced Bionics is a global leader in developing hearing solutions for individuals with severe-to-profound hearing loss who no longer benefit from hearing aids. Founded in 1993 and a subsidiary of the Sonova Group since 2009, AB develops cutting-edge cochlear implant technology that allows recipients to hear their best. AB joined Phonak as part of the Sonova Group of companies and began a collaboration unlike any other in the industry. Since then, the innovation leaders in cochlear implants and hearing aids have continuously combined technologies to deliver new, unequalled hearing solutions. With sales in more than 50 countries and a proven track record for developing high-performing, state-of-the-art products, AB’s talented worldwide group of technologists and professionals are driven to engage with patients and professionals, work with integrity, and stay firmly committed to the best possible performance.

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Advanced Bionics LLC
Email: Media.Relations@advancedbionics.com

October 17, 2022

Advanced Bionics illustrates how life with a cochlear implant can help people with hearing loss connect with their loved ones.

VALENCIA, CA, USA, October 17, 2022 – Advanced Bionics, a global leader in cochlear implant technology, launches an emotional patient ‘connection’ campaign. Following the successful launch of their Naída CI Marvel for adults and Sky CI Marvel for children in 2020, this new campaign is designed to highlight the human truth that our lives are enriched and fulfilled by deep and meaningful connections with those around us, and that sound enables those connections. 
 

‘The MOMENT’ campaign showcases people who hear with Advanced Bionics cochlear implants and their families. This is the first time Advanced Bionics, or any hearing company, has presented real, emotional human stories through the eyes of a loved one. This differentiated approach is designed to underline the power of sound in a visceral way that will inspire people to think deeper about hearing loss and to seek effective treatment options for it, such as through cochlear implants. 
 

The campaign will kick off with three family stories through video in October. Over the next few months, Advanced Bionics will share and promote the stories about seven different individuals with their loved ones, spanning the range of different hearing experiences, including patient demographics, onset and type of hearing loss, as well as technology used.  

“As a medical technology company, our day-to-day work is often focused on products and features. But more fundamentally, what drive and inspire all of us at Advanced Bionics are the people who use our cochlear implants, and the transformational difference our products can make in their lives,” said Victoria Carr-Brendel, PhD, president of Advanced Bionics. “‘The MOMENT’ campaign is our homage to these people and their families. Their stories, told through every day, yet profound and extraordinary moments they shared together because of our cochlear implants, are the quintessential reflection of Advanced Bionics’ mission. But even more importantly, we hope that they inspire those with hearing loss to seek effective treatment for it so that they don’t miss any more connection moments with their loved ones.” 

“All my life, I was always eager to share my hearing story with those around me. My wife Heather and I were excited to share our experiences dating and becoming parents to three amazing kids,” said David Cluff, who hears with Advanced Bionics cochlear implants and is featured in ‘The MOMENT’ campaign. “Our story is so much more than just ‘I can hear.’ It’s ‘I can hear my kids tell me “I love you!” to “I had a rough day.” Our hearing journey is not perfect, but it is a journey we love to share with everyone.”
 

To watch ‘The MOMENT’ hearing stories, please visit advancedbionics.com/themoment

About Advanced Bionics

Advanced Bionics is a global leader in developing hearing solutions for individuals with severe-to-profound hearing loss who no longer benefit from hearing aids. Founded in 1993 and a subsidiary of the Sonova Group since 2009, AB develops cutting-edge cochlear implant technology that allows recipients to hear their best. AB joined Phonak as part of the Sonova Group of companies and began a collaboration unlike any other in the industry. Since then, the innovation leaders in cochlear implants and hearing aids have continuously combined technologies to deliver new, unequalled hearing solutions. With sales in more than 50 countries and a proven track record for developing high-performing, state-of-the-art products, AB’s talented worldwide group of technologists and professionals are driven to engage with patients and professionals, work with integrity, and stay firmly committed to the best possible performance.

Media Contact

Advanced Bionics LLC
Email: Media.Relations@advancedbionics.com

October 26, 2021

Sky CI Marvel is the world’s first dedicated sound processor for children

Valencia, CA, October 26, 2021 – Advanced Bionics, a global leader in cochlear implant technology, announced today that it has been recognized with a Hearing Technology Innovator Award for its SKY CI™ M sound processor by Hearing Health & Technology Matters for its technological innovation and achievement in the hearing industry.
 

“We’re honored to be recognized with this industry award. Advanced Bionics’ SKY CI M is a cochlear implant industry first which acknowledges that children are not small adults. Children's listening needs, wearing requirements and daily listening situations are different from those of adults,” said Victoria E. Carr-Brendel, Ph.D., GVP, Sonova Group and President of Advanced Bionics. 
 

Sky CI Marvel is the world’s first dedicated sound processor for children that combines proven AB sound processing with the established Marvel platform from Phonak, a global leader in pediatric hearing care. AutoSense Sky OS™ 3.0 operating system is a machine-learning algorithm uniquely designed for a child’s typical listening situations, automatically providing excellent sound quality and performance wherever the child goes.
 

Offering a wide variety of wearing options, child-preferred colors, and waterproof accessories, Sky CI Marvel offers flexibility for a growing child’s adventures, whether at the pool or in school. 
 

Its integrated Roger™ technology help kids hear their teachers and conversation partners in classrooms, cafeterias, and auditoriums directly in their ears, bypassing noise in the environment. Plus, direct smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth® and the intuitive AB Remote app help kids stay connected with the world around them throughout their day.
 

“Hearing technologies being developed by companies like Advanced Bionics are helping set the standard for innovation in the industry,” said Kevin Liebe, Hearing Health & Technology Matters President and CEO.

About Advanced Bionics

Advanced Bionics is a global leader in developing hearing solutions for individuals with severe and profound hearing loss who no longer benefit from hearing aids. Founded in 1993 and a subsidiary of the Sonova Group since 2009, AB develops cutting-edge cochlear implant technology that allows recipients to hear their best. AB joined Phonak as part of the Sonova Group of companies and began a collaboration unlike any other in the industry. Since then, the innovation leaders in cochlear implants and hearing aids have continuously combined technologies to deliver new, unequalled hearing solutions.
 

With sales in more than 50 countries and a proven track record for developing high-performing, state-of-the-art products, AB’s talented worldwide group of technologists and professionals are driven to engage with patients and professionals, work with integrity, and stay firmly committed to the best possible performance.

About the Hearing Technology Innovator Awards

The Hearing Technology Innovator Awards™ is an annual international awards program whereby Hearing Health & Technology Matters recognizes and celebrates innovation within the hearing industry. Learn more at https://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearing-technology-innovator-awards.
 

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Email: katherineleigh.fazzina.external@sonova.com

The Advanced Bionics story

Advanced Bionics is a global leader providing solutions for severe-to-profound hearing loss. For 30 years, AB has removed limitations for those otherwise isolated from the world of sound. Always focused on bringing meaningful change through innovative technology, AB has set the standard for performance, lifestyle, and access to sound in the field of cochlear implantation. Having implanted over 100,000 ears in over 130 countries and established a track record for developing high-performing, state-of-the-art products, our team of talented scientists, engineers, audiologists and other professionals are driven to succeed, work with integrity, and stay firmly committed to quality. 

 

At AB, success begins with a passion for hearing restoration, and is driven by our global workforce of over a thousand employees. AB is proud to be the only U.S.- based manufacturer of cochlear implants, and equally proud to be a part of the larger Sonova organization. Besides AB, Sonova’s other core brands include Phonak, Unitron, AudioNova, Sennheiser (under license) as well as recognized regional brands. The Group’s globally diversified sales and distribution channels serve an ever-growing consumer base in more than 100 countries.

 

An Innovation Leader

Hearing loss affects millions around the world. Advanced Bionics sees a world in which there is a solution for every type and degree of hearing loss. This is why the Advanced Bionics integrated approach is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible as no other audiology company can.

 

AB is proud to be the industry leader in developing reliable, high quality, and sophisticated hearing solutions which open up the world of sound for our wearers around the world. Studies have consistently demonstrated the advantages of AB technology in areas such as speech understanding, voice discrimination, and melody recognition and enjoyment.

Clean room workers, testing a cochlear implant
Audiologist gives hi-five to child CI candidate

Advanced Bionics product highlights

The world’s first CI sound processor designed with children in mind. Sky CI M gives your child a powerful hearing experience, the flexibility for a growing child’s adventures, and the ultimate ease of use for staying connected with their world around them.

Photo of a Phonak Roger device

AB’s most advanced sound processor for adults based on the celebrated Marvel hearing aid technology from Phonak, offering direct connectivity to virtually any Bluetooth*-enabled device.

Photo of a Phonak Roger device

The first-of-its-kind HiRes™ Ultra 3D Cochlear Implant’s innovative multi-magnet assembly provides alignment to a 3D MRI field, allowing adult and pediatric users to safely undergo high-resolution imaging, such as 3.0 Tesla MRIs, without any preparation, surgery or head bandaging.

Photo of a Phonak Roger device

Our latest Chorus™ sound processor for our first generation implant recipients. We are committed to supporting every Advanced Bionics implant recipient along their hearing journey and continuing to improve their hearing experience.

Photo of a Phonak Roger device

The AIM™ system uses the implant to measure electrocochleography (or ECochG) potentials generated by the inner ear and the auditory nerve to provide invaluable feedback to the surgeon during implant surgery. Post-op, the comprehensive Objective Measurement Suite can perform quick objective audiometry, NRI, ESRT, impedance measurement, providing hearing healthcare professionals with more options.

Photo of a Phonak Roger device

* Bluetooth® is a registered trademark owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

...I really like the spirit of tech innovation that Advanced Bionics has had.

“I think Advanced Bionics takes the tradition of being in Silicon Valley and it imbues the spirit of the tech industry to continually push products forward. And I've seen that over my years as an implant recipient from way back in 1999 until today. And way back in the day, it was just to be able to hear words or sentences a little bit better. And now we talk about music. We talk about hearing preservation and doing things that we couldn't ever achieve before. So I really like the spirit of tech innovation that Advanced Bionics has had.”

— Chad Ruffin, ENT surgeon and AB CI recipient

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Some Advanced Bionics facts

  • Over 100,000 ears implanted in over 130 countries
  • More than 500 patents
  • 100+ partnerships with universities and clinics around the world
  • Nearly 125+ peer-reviewed publications in the last 5 years and counting
  • First to introduce a CI sound processor designed for children
  • First to introduce CI sound processors that connect to virtually any Bluetooth-enabled device
  • First to prove superior performance with ClearVoice™ sound processing, an automated feature to improve speech understanding in difficult listening environments4,5,6,7,8,9
  • First to introduce a swimmable sound processor
  • AB’s Marvel CI is the most performance- focused, most flexible, and most connected cochlear implant system10
  1. Firszt JB, Koch DB, Downing M, Litvak L. (2007) Current steering creates additional pitch percepts in adult cochlear implant recipients. Otology and Neurotology, 28(5):629-636.

  2. Koch DB, Osberger MJ, Segel P, Kessler DK. (2004). HiResolution and conventional sound processing in the HiResolution Bionic Ear: using appropriate outcome measures to assess speech-recognition ability. Audiology and Neurotology, 9:214-223.

  3. 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.

  4. Advanced Bionics. (2012). ClearVoice Clinical Results. White paper.

  5. Zeitler D, et al. (2008). Speech Perception Benefits of Sequential Bilateral Cochlear Implantation in Children and Adults: A Retrospective Analysis. Otology & Neurotology, 29(3): 314-325.

  6. Schramm D, Pickard E, Beauregard Y, Moran L. (2010). Evaluation of the ClearVoice Strategy in Children using HiResolution Fidelity 120 Sound Processing. Poster Presentation at the 11th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Auditory Technologies, Stockholm, SE. June 30-July 3.

  7. Mathias, N. & Arnold, L. "Preliminary Results of the ClearVoice Evaluation in Adults," Advanced Bionics Europe, 2010.

  8. Wolfe, J. et al. "Evaluation of Speech Recognition of Cochlear Implant Recipients Using Adaptive, Digital Remote Microphone Technology and a Speech Enhancement Sound Processing Algorithm."  Journal of the American Academy of Audiology 2015 May; 26(5): 502-8. doi: 10.3766/jaaa.14099.

  9. Alexandre GAULT(1), Drs Hans Mülder(2), Pr Paul J. GOVAERTS(3). (1) : Advanced Bionics AG – Switzerland ; (2) Phonak Communication AG – Switzerland ; (3) The Eargroup - Belgium. Dynamic FM and ClearVoice™ – Improving Speech discrimination  - Technical and clinical verifications.

  10. Data on file: D000033020