History of Innovation

AB History Timeline

AB was founded in 1993 by Alfred E. Mann with the mission to develop implantable patient care solutions that improve quality of life.

AB evolved from two highly successful companies that developed and marketed innovative medical devices; one created new generation pacemakers, and the other developed microinfusion systems (miniature drug delivery pumps used in the treatment of diabetes). The technology behind AB’s first cochlear implant system came from the pioneering research at the University of California, San Francisco.

Since its inception, AB has consistently made industry-leading advancements in technology innovations that have helped make a difference in the lives of thousands of families worldwide.

Today, AB offers the most sophisticated cochlear implant system on the market with five times more sound resolution than its competitors, designed to allow recipients to go beyond deciphering speech to hearing music.

Now working with Phonak under the Sonova Group, AB has access to industry-leading engineering and technologies for products currently under development. These revolutionary products are designed to deliver unparalleled hearing performance, comfort, and reliability for recipients.


AB launches Marvel CI product portfolio including
  • Sky CI M—the world’s first CI sound processor designed for children
  • Naída CI M—the world’s first sound processor for adults  featuring wireless connectivity to virtually all Bluetooth-enabled devices
  • Target CI—the world’s first CI fitting software compatible with Noah database and Noahlink Wireless, and enables bimodal fittings with one software in one session


  • AIM™ system - the world’s first commercially available monitoring and objective measurement tool for use during cochlear implant surgery and beyond
  • Chorus™ sound processor designed for our CIarion 1.0/1.2 implant recipients
  • Naida™ CI Connect wireless receiver streaming accessory


  • HiRes™ Ultra 3D cochlear implant, the implant which offers hassle free, pain free MRI compatibility without interrupting hearing. It is the recipient of the prestigious MedTech Award 2019 for the Best Overall Medical Device Solution.


  • Naida™ Link CROS, allowing unilateral CI recipients to hear from both sides of the head.    


  • Phonak Naida™ Link hearing aid, the first hearing aid specifically designed to work with a cochlear implant in a bimodal solution.


  • TÜV Approval for the Naída CI Q Series of Sound Processors


  • Advanced Bionics Launches World's First Waterproof Case for Cochlear Implant Recipients


  • ClearVoice™* sound processing, a revolutionary sound-processing strategy


  • Advanced Bionics is acquired by Sonova Holding AG and began working with Phonak.    


  • Harmony™ HiResolution™ Bionic Ear & HiRes Fidelity 120™ sound processing with groundbreaking current steering technology 


  • Boston Scientific Acquires Advanced Bionics


  • CII Bionic Ear™ implant and HiFocus™ electrode
  • Introduction of the Bionic Ear Association, a support network for candidates and AB recipients in North America.


  • Approval from the FDA to market the Clarion™ cochlear implant with pre-formed electrode for use in adults. 


  • Intrigued by the notion of “helping deaf people hear,” Alfred E. Mann founds Advanced Bionics and appoints Jeffrey H. Greiner to lead an organization of seven engineers and scientists.

*Not approved for pediatric use in the United States

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