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About AB

Advanced Bionics is a global leader providing solutions for severe-to-profound hearing loss. For more than 25 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 support, 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.


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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. Sonova companies include brands focused on hearing aids, cochlear implants, wireless communications, and clinical service. Together, we strive to create a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and lives a life without limitations.



Some Company & Product 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 connects 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 environments1,2,3,4,5,6
  • First to introduce a swimmable sound processor

The HiRes Ultra 3D cochlear implant has been awarded the MedTech Breakthrough Award 2019 for Best Overall Medical Device Solution



What is a Cochlear Implant and How Does It Work?

A cochlear implant system includes several pieces of technology that work together to bypass the cochlea—restoring hearing by sending sound directly to the hearing nerve. The first is an internal component (the implant and electrode array) which is implanted by a surgeon. And the second is a series of external components that is worn on the ear and attaches to the implant (the headpiece and processor).



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The Advanced Bionics microphones pick up sounds at the opening of the ear canal for the most natural listening experience.

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The sound waves are converted into detailed digital signals by the sound processor.

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Our headpiece sends the digital signals to the cochlear implant and electrode array in the inner ear.

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The electrode array stimulates the hearing nerve.

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The hearing nerve sends impulses to the brain, which interprets them as sounds.


For those with severe-to-profound, or advanced hearing loss, making the decision to get a cochlear implant can be truly life-changing. This decision starts with understanding how cochlear implants can help you hear and restore powerful connections in your life.


Our Products

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. These include areas such as speech understanding, voice discrimination, and melody recognition and enjoyment.7,8,9



AIM

Surgeons have no objective means of monitoring the function of the cochlea during electrode insertion. The AIM™ system can help. It uses the implant to measure electrocochleography (or ECochG)  potentials generated by the inner ear and the auditory nerve in response to acoustic stimuli. This continuous and real-time measurement during electrode insertion can provide invaluable feedback to the surgeon.



The HiRes Ultra 3D cochlear implant

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.

Chorus Sound Processor

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 improving their hearing experience.



A Complete Solution

Most cochlear implant wearers have only one implant despite having hearing loss in both ears. Hearing with both ears gives you a better sense of where sounds are coming from, allows you to hear better in noisy situations, reduces auditory fatigue, and improves your device satisfaction and quality of life. Together with Phonak, AB solutions are designed to offer two-ear hearing so you can fully enjoy a more powerful connection to the world around you.




Naída CI Q-series

The Naída™ CI sound processor is a small, lightweight sound processor which provides unique, groundbreaking features proven to help you effortlessly hear better in any environment.


HiRes 90K Implant Family

The sophisticated design of all implants in the HiRes 90K family provides excellent programming flexibility, nearly unlimited ways to deliver sound, and full upgradeability for access to tomorrow’s innovations without surgery.


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References

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Advanced Bionics. (2012) ClearVoice Clinical Results White Paper.

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Haumann S, Lenarz Th, Buchner A. Speech Perception with Cochlear Implants as Measured Using a Roving-Level Adaptive Test Method. ORL 2010; 72: 312-318. September 15, 2010. doi:10.1159/000318872

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Schramm D, Pickard E, Beauregard Y, Moran L. 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, 2010.

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

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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