As a CI candidate or as a parent of a child who will get a cochlear implant, you want to maximize your or your child’s chances of hearing success. Although it is not exactly possible to predict what and how you will hear with a cochlear implant, your choice of implant may have a big impact. There are no bad cochlear implants, but this is not to say they are all the same. There are significant differences you should be aware of. We believe that each cochlear implant candidate deserves the most refined implant technology for best possible outcomes. This refined technology should make speech as clear as possible and give the best access to music. This is why we developed the HiRes implant technology. HiRes stands for High Resolution, you could also say High Definition.
Speech is a complex sound that rapidly changes over time in loudness and pitch. Normal hearing people can follow these rapid variations and the human ear sends all the details to a part of the brain called auditory cortex, where the different components (vowels, consonants) are detected, recognized, and interpreted as meaningful speech. Even very subtle information like whose voice it is, or what is the emotional state of the talker is conveyed. All of this is embedded in the tiniest of details of the very complex sound that makes up speech. Speech recognition is important, but to really thrive in life you need to be able to recognize someone’s voice and hear if they are angry, sad, happy or excited.
Music has an even greater variation in intensity and pitch, especially classical music. Cochlear implant technology needs to be very refined to deliver the softest pianissimo just as clear as the loudest crescendo.
So in order to maximize your chances of hearing success, your cochlear implant technology should be able to deliver to your auditory nerve (the hearing nerve) the rapid variations in pitch and loudness, with sufficient detail. So good hearing is about speed, pitch and loudness. Let’s have a look for all three aspects at the HiRes implant technology in comparison to the technology of other manufacturers.
Speed is expressed in the stimulation rate pps, pulses per second. The higher the number, the faster the electronics of the implant deliver sound details to the auditory nerve. From the graph it is clear that the HiRes implant technology is capable of delivering your auditory nerve significantly more pulses per second than any other implant on the market.
The HiRes technology by Advanced Bionics operates significantly faster than any other implant on the market, so you can hear and appreciate more details in complex sound like speech.
Pitch is expressed in the number of (spectral) bands. This can be compared to the number of keys on a keyboard. Each band or key represents a note. The more bands you have, the more keys you may be able to distinguish. From the graph it is clear that the HiRes implant technology is capable of delivering your auditory nerve significantly more bands than any other implant on the market.
The HiRes technology by Advanced Bionics offers significantly more spectral bands than any other implant on the market, so you can enjoy more details of pitch.
Loudness is expressed as the number of dB (decibel) between the softest and the loudest sound your implant delivers to your auditory nerve. That is witthout changing any setting on your implant. From the graph it is clear that the HiRes implant technology is capable of delivering a wider range of loudness than any other implant on the market.
The HiRes technology by Advanced Bionics offers significantly more range in loudness than any other implant on the market, so you an hear and enjoy more variations in loudness.
The HiRes technology in the AB device allows for access to finer qualities of speech, enabling better speech understanding and music enjoyment. As an adult AB CI recipient you will have the best opportunity to enjoy powerful connections (again); your child, as an AB CI recipient, can have access to the best speech and language development possible with the added benefit of technology that will meet the growing needs of your child.
When choosing a device, you should consider that the implantable technology can be with you for a lifetime. So, the device you choose should be capable of delivering all of the details you need to enjoy a world of sound. The HiRes cochlear implant from Advanced Bionics was designed to capture the details of sound.
We pushed the limits of technology to provide the most detailed representation of sound because we want you to get the most out of every listening experience.
Designed for a gentle cochlear insertion, the electrodes deliver 120 spectral bands of sound to help you understand speech and enjoy music.
Advanced technology designed to support current and future generations of sound processors and features.
This sophisticated communication link receives digital representations of sound from the external sound processor and sends information about the status of the implant system and your hearing nerve back to the processor.
The multi-magnet assembly in the HiRes Ultra 3D implant allows users to safely undergo high resolution imaging, such as 3.0 Tesla MRI without removing the multi-magnet assembly. Other implants have differing conditions for conducting safe MRI procedures.
The AB HiRes Ultra 3D cochlear implant offers you:
The anatomy of each patient is different. Therefore Advanced Bionics offers different electrodes and your surgeon can choose the most appropriate type of electrode for you. Each electrode is designed to provide the best possible hearing.
The HiFocus SlimJ electrode features a thin, straight design. It offers full spectrum coverage with a key goal of protecting the delicate structures of the cochlea during insertion.
The HiFocus MidScala electrode is pre-curved for easy placement inside the cochlea. It offers full spectrum coverage with a key goal of protecting the delicate structures of the cochlea during insertion.