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HiRes Ultra 3D Cochlear Implant

AB’s most advanced
and reliable cochlear implant

The HiRes Ultra 3D cochlear implant gives you reliability and quality you can count on. It’s future-ready so that it will work with new technology to improve your or your child’s hearing in years to come.   

One of the best cochlear implants ever made, the HiRes Ultra 3D is an international award winner.

1  HiRes Ultra 3D Cochlear Implant           Magnet          3  Electrode Array

Quality you can trust

The HiRes Ultra 3D cochlear implant is strictly tested to stay safe and durable over time. In fact, it is AB’s most reliable implant ever, and exceeds industry and international standards for impact resistance1 and reliability.2 This way, you or your child can enjoy everyday activities and sports without worry. 

I wouldn't be putting it in my patients if I didn't believe that…the new device is as good as it can be.

– Maura Cosetti, MD, Otologist-neurotologist at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

State-of-the-art CI performance

mother and daughter playing piano laughing

What’s inside matters. AB’s HiRes Ultra 3D implant features current steering and independent output circuits in all electrodes, which are not available in any other CI system. 

These special AB technologies allow you or your child to hear five times more different pitches than any other implant.3 What does that mean? Imagine the keyboard of a piano. Whereas other implants may allow you to hear only every fifth note on the keyboard, HiRes Ultra 3D would allow you to hear, and differentiate, all the keys on that piano.

With HiRes Ultra 3D, you or your child can understand speech better, especially in noisy places, and enjoy music with better sound quality.3,4,5 For your child, it also means the best chance for developing speech and language.6,7,8

This is also why so many engineers and professional musicians chose AB cochlear implants over others!

...the AB cochlear implant has enabled me to do everything that I previously thought was impossible.

“I can finally play the other instruments. I can listen to the orchestra without problems, so much so that I can recognize which instrument comes in later than the ensemble. I can hear the nuances of sound from fortissimo to pianissimo. I recognize notes without problems. I can accompany singers. In short, the AB cochlear implant has enabled me to do everything that I previously thought was impossible.”

– Martina Petruccio, pianist

Enjoy better hearing as CI technology improves

Another great thing about the HiRes Ultra 3D cochlear implant is that it has plenty of room to “grow.” It is designed so it will work with new technology yet to come.

So, getting the HiRes Ultra 3D implant means not only will you or your child be able to enjoy better hearing now, you can continue to expect improvements in the years to come. In fact, people who have received an AB implant years ago have had up to five opportunities for significant technology upgrades just in the last twenty years. 

Taking the Leap with Cochlear Implants

Be your authentic self with Marvel cochlear implant systems 
– Rebecca Alexander, author, advocate, and psychotherapist

MRI scans pain-free, hassle-free,
and with uninterrupted hearing

MRI scans are an important part of healthcare. But the magnetic field from MRI machines pulls on the CI magnet inside the head, which can cause pain for the patient. That's why patients often had to have a surgery to remove the magnet before MRI scans, and another one to replace the magnet afterwards. The time without the magnet also means the patient can’t hear with their CI. That’s why we invented the new magnet design in the HiRes Ultra 3D CI system.

The first of its kind, the HiRes Ultra 3D implant’s unique design allows adults and children to safely have high-resolution imaging, such as 3.0 Tesla MRIs, without any preparation, surgery, or head bandaging. Simply take off the sound processor before your scan, and put it back on after it’s done.

HASSLE-FREE: Our HiRes Ultra 3D cochlear implant does not require removal during an MRI, so you can treat it like any other standard medical examination. It’s the only implant that can be used with up to 200 MRIs, unlike other solutions on the market. 9

PAIN-FREE: Only AB’s innovative multi-magnet assembly rotates in all three dimensions, ensuring no pain, discomfort, or head placement restrictions. This means easier set-up, better results, and peace of mind.

UNINTERRUPTED HEARING: The only thing that you or your child have to do to get an MRI is to take off the sound processor and put it back on after the MRI examination.

Patients with Advanced Bionics implants who need an MRI scan should contact their hearing healthcare provider or Advanced Bionics for a discussion. 

Interactive 3D Ear Model with AB Technology

  1. Sound Processing designed to let people hear more distinct pitches than any other CI system. 
  2. CI Electrode designed to be gentle on the inner ear while providing a great hearing experience. It can be smoothly inserted in the cochlea, minimizing the risk of trauma (red)   while providing great cochlear coverage (blue).          
  3. Magnet designed to provide a hassle-free and pain-free MRI experience. Our multi-magnet assembly is designed to ensure no pain or discomfort during MRI scans compared to other systems.
  1. EN 45502-2-3:2010. Active Implantable Medical Devices. Particular Requirements for Cochlear and Auditory Brainstem Implant Systems.

  2. Advanced Bionics. (2022). Autumn 2022 Reliability Report.

  3. 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.

  4. Adams D, Ajimsha KM, Barberá MT, Gazibegovic D, Gisbert J, Gómez J, Raveh E, Rocca C, Romanet P, Seebens Y, Zarowski A. (2014). Multicentre evaluation of music perception in adult users of Advanced Bionics cochlear implants. Cochlear Implants Int. 15(1): 20-6. doi: 10.1179/1754762813Y.0000000032. Epub 2013 Nov 25.

  5. 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.

  6. Levitin D. (2007). This is your brain on music, the science of a human obsession.

  7. Moira Y. (2002). Tone. (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  8. Hirst D, Di Cristo A. (1998). A survey of intonation systems. In: D. Hirst, A. Di Cristo (Eds.). Intonation Systems, a Survey of Twenty Languages. Cambridge University Press Cambridge (1998).

  9. Magnet testing data on file.