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If you are considering a cochlear implant, there are many reasons to continue to use a hearing aid in your other ear. Your hearing aid provides loudness and sound with depth. Your cochlear implant gives you greater clarity. When the devices work together, they can provide the rich sound you want and the speech understanding you need.
The new Naída bimodal hearing solution from AB and Phonak provides the first hearing aid specifically designed to work with a cochlear implant system. It features the Naída CI sound processor* and Naída™ Link hearing aid**.
Because they use the same platform, the Naída devices are able to communicate with each other in a way no other hearing aid and cochlear implant combination can match.
The most natural way to combine a hearing aid and cochlear implant
The Phonak Naída™ Link is the only hearing aid designed to treat sound in the same way as your Naída CI sound processor. This makes it easier to hear with them together.
Studies show that this gives you greater listening comfort and a proven advantage for hearing in noise compared to using a cochlear implant and any other hearing aid. 1,2
Shared automated features for improved sound quality and understanding in noise
The Naída bimodal hearing solution helps you hear with greater ease and more comfort wherever you go. That’s because both the Naída CI processor and Naída Link hearing aid use the same advanced automatic technology to react and adjust in the same way and at the same time to changing situations.
The WindBlock feature reduces wind noise to improve your listening comfort in blustery conditions
The SoundRelax feature softens sudden, loud noises, like slamming doors and clanging dishes, for a more enjoyable hearing experience
The UltraZoom feature uses advanced microphone technology to focus on the voice of a speaker in front of you while reducing distracting noise, to help you understand speech better in noisy settings
Because of their unique ability to communicate with each other, you can adjust volume or program settings on both Naída devices at the same time by just touching the controls of either one.
The QuickSync feature provides the convenience of simultaneous settings changes with just one touch***
Hear important sounds in both ears
Studies show that chatting on the phone, in the car, in crowded restaurants, or anywhere with distracting noises, is better and easier than ever with the Naída bimodal hearing solution.3,4
Your Naída devices are able to share sound signals with each other. This means, when one ear has a clear listening advantage, you can instantly send that better sound to the other device, so you hear the clearer sound in both ears. At the same time, distracting noises are reduced, allowing you to hear your best in challenging situations without the use of any intermediate accessory.
The StereoZoom feature,***† reduces distracting sounds in noisy places while allowing you to focus on a single voice, so you can chat on-on-one with less effort
The ZoomControl feature*** focuses on a speaker to your front or back or either side, so you can chat more easily in noise, even if you cannot face the person you’re talking to
The DuoPhone feature*** works when you hold the telephone to one ear by automatically streaming the sound to both ears at the same time, so your calls are easier to understand, even in noise
Crystal clear wireless streaming
The integrated Roger™ system transmits high-quality audio to both devices at the same time to boost your speech understanding in noise and over distance.5,6,7
You can also choose from a wide selection of Phonak wireless accessories that stream audio directly to both devices for effortless hearing.
Roger™ Clip-On Mic
Phonak EasyCall Accessory
Phonak DECT Phone
Phonak ComPilot Accessory
Phonak TVLink II Accessory
Phonak RemoteMic Accessory
*The Naída Link hearing aid is compatible with Naída CI Q70 and Q90 sound processors
**The Phonak Naída™ Link hearing aid is not yet available in all regions. Please contact your Sales Representative for approval status in your region.
***Requires programming with next-generation SoundWave™ fitting software. Check with your local AB representative for regulatory approval and availability in your region.
†Available with the Naída CI Q90 only
Veugen LC, Chalupper J, Snik AF, van Opstal AJ, Mens LH. (2016) Matching automatic gain control across devices in bimodal cochlear implant users. Ear and Hearing (2015 Dec 10, epub ahead of print).
Advanced Bionics (2016) Adaptive Phonak Digital Bimodal Fitting Formula: Optimizing Hearing for Listeners with a Cochlear Implant and Contralateral Hearing Aid White Paper.
Advanced Bionics (2016) Bimodal StereoZoom Feature: Enhancing Conversation in Extreme Noise for Unilateral AB Implant Recipients White Paper.
Advanced Bionics (2016) Bimodal ZoomControl Feature: Improving Speech Understanding without Facing the Speaker for Unilateral AB Implant Recipients White Paper.
Wolfe J, Morais M, Shafer E, Mills E, Mülder H, Goldbeck F, Marquis F, John A, Hudson M, Peters B, Lianos L. (2013) Evaluation of speech recognition in cochlear implant recipients using a personal digital adaptive radio frequency system. J Am Acad Audiol 24:714 -724.
Wolfe J, Morais M, Shafer E, Agrawal S, Koch D. (2015) Evaluation of speech recognition in cochlear implant recipients using adaptive, digital remote microphone technology and a speech enhancement sound processing algorithm. J Amer Acad Audiol 26: 502-508.
De Ceulaer G, Bestel J, Mülder H, Goldbeck F, Janssens de Varebeke S.P, Govaerts P.J. (2015) Speech understanding in noise with the Roger Pen, Naída CI Q70 processor, and integrated Roger 17 receiver in a multi-talker network. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 273:5:1107-1114.