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Advanced Bionics Announces FDA Approval of the Naída CI Q70 Sound Processor

-- The World’s Newest, Most Advanced Behind-the-Ear Sound Processor Receives Regulatory Approval for Commercial Release in the United States--

VALENCIA, Calif., August 28, 2013 – Advanced Bionics (AB), a global leader in cochlear implant technology and a company of the Sonova Group, announced today that the new Naída CI Q70 (Naída CI) sound processor is commercially available in the United States. Earlier this year, the Naída CI processor received regulatory approval for distribution in Europe, Canada and several other countries in the world.

The innovation DNA of AB and Phonak have merged together for the introduction of the world’s newest, most advanced behind-the-ear sound processor. With Naída CI, AB delivers a quantum leap forward in performance and wireless connectivity with a chic, modern instyle™ design. Now cochlear implant recipients have access to the combined technologies of the innovation leaders in cochlear implants and hearing instruments.

“While AB is unique in our tireless focus on performance, we also understand that people want to wear beautiful products. With Naída CI, we have delivered a quantum leap forward in performance and wireless connectivity in a small, attractive package”, said Hansjuerg Emch, President of Advanced Bionics and Group Vice President of the Sonova Medical Division where AB resides. “We are especially excited to deliver a world first—the combination of the most advanced cochlear implant technology with state-of-the-art Phonak technology available in hundreds of thousands of hearing instruments. If you use Phonak products and get a cochlear implant from AB, you now have the opportunity to enjoy many of the same Phonak features and accessories.”

Naída CI offers a full performance package:
55% improvement in speech understanding in noise1 when AB’s ClearVoice™* technology and the Phonak UltraZoom feature are used together
100% wireless connectivity to consumer electronics with the AccessLine™—streaming from Bluetooth devices, phones, and countless other popular products by leading brands, including Apple, Samsung, and Nokia. A bimodal first, media can be streamed to a compatible Phonak hearing aid and a Naída CI sound processor at the same time!
40% smaller than the previous behind-the-ear sound processor—incredibly lightweight and featuring the industry’s only instyle™ design
Proven AB technology, including ClearVoice, AutoSound™, HiRes Fidelity 120™* and HiRes™ Optima* sound processing
All-new, discreet T-Mic™ 2 microphone
IP57 rating for outstanding water and dust resistance

“When I used UltraZoom with my Naída CI processors in the noisy kitchen at work, the voices of my colleagues became so comfortable and understandable. I could follow the conversation very easily,” said Stefan Fredelake, AB recipient and employee. “The UltraZoom feature is really fantastic and will make my life so much easier in many noisy situations, not only in kitchens, but also in restaurants, in trains, and many other challenging listening environments.”

For more information about the Naída CI sound processor or Advanced Bionics, contact a local AB representative or visit AdvancedBionics.com.

About Advanced Bionics
Advanced Bionics is a global leader in developing the most advanced cochlear implant systems in the world. Founded in 1993 and a subsidiary of the Sonova Group since 2009, AB develops cutting-edge cochlear implant technology that allows recipients to hear their best.

AB offers the most sophisticated cochlear implant system on the market, the HiResolution™ Bionic Ear System, with five times more sound resolution than its competitors, designed to help recipients hear in noisy settings and enjoy the full dimensions of music.

With sales in over 50 countries and a proven track record for developing high-performing, state-of-the-art products, AB’s talented group of technologists and professionals from all over the world are driven to succeed, work with integrity and stay firmly committed to quality.

To learn more about AB and its innovative cochlear implant technology, please visit AdvancedBionics.com.


1. Hehrmann P, Fredelake S, Hamacher V, Dyballa K-H, Büchner A. Improved Speech Intelligibility with Cochlear Implants Using State-of-the-Art Noise Reduction Algorithms. Speech Communication; Proceedings of the 10th ITG Symposium, 09/2012.

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*Not approved for pediatric use in the United States.


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WATERPROOF NEPTUNE SOUND PROCESSOR FROM ADVANCED BIONICS RECEIVES APPROVAL

Neptune, the world's first and only swimmable sound processor for cochlear implant recipients, is now approved in US and Canada

VALENCIA, Calif., Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Bionics (AB), the global leader in cochlear implant technology, announced today that it received approval in the United States and Canada for Neptune, the world's first and only swimmable, waterproof sound processor.

Intended for swimming and bathing, Neptune is designed to help cochlear implant recipients hear in and out of the water. Recipients using other products on the market remove their processor when they swim or bathe, which means they miss out on important safety instructions and opportunities for language development because they are not hearing during those times.

Developed for all weather, terrain, ages and lifestyles, Neptune allows recipients to enjoy an abundance of water and sports activities thanks to its durable, waterproof design. Parents of pediatric recipients will appreciate the bonding and learning that comes with hearing during bath time, as well as the safety of hearing in the pool.

Designed after the chic styling of popular consumer electronics, the lightweight Neptune processor also features the industry's first freestyle design, allowing recipients to hear the world of sound with the comfort and beauty of nothing on the ear. Neptune's freestyle design is a new wearing category for the cochlear implant industry, giving recipients the ability to choose their wearing style. With the variety of convenient accessories, recipients can wear the Neptune processor anywhere and way they choose, such as in the hair, on an arm, under a collar, in a pocket-a high level of flexibility not available in the market until now. Neptune also comes in a wide range of fashion-forward colors for matching it to wardrobes or showing it off.

And for those who prefer a more discreet look, it can also be easily tucked away. Parents will appreciate the many features included to ensure that Neptune is the perfect choice for small children, including removable controls that make it tamper-proof so that children can always hear their best.

Advanced Bionics was able to develop these industry firsts without compromising hearing performance. Neptune is fully compatible with the most advanced hearing technology, including ClearVoice, HiRes Fidelity 120 and AutoSound, which are only available from AB.* These sophisticated sound processing strategies are designed to deliver the best hearing performance in real-world environments where recipients would otherwise struggle, such as busy offices, loud playgrounds, music recitals and crowded restaurants.

Neptune garnered an enthusiastic response from the cochlear implant professional community when it was announced at this year's European Symposium on Pediatric Cochlear Implantation (ESPCI) in Athens, Greece and the 13th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children that took place in Chicago, IL, USA.

For more information about Neptune, contact a local Advanced Bionics representative or visit www.advancedbionics.com.

About Advanced Bionics

Advanced Bionics is a global leader in developing the most advanced cochlear implant systems in the world. Founded in 1993 and a subsidiary of the Sonova Group since 2009, AB develops cutting-edge cochlear implant technology that allows recipients to hear their best. AB offers the most sophisticated cochlear implant system on the market, the HiResolution Bionic Ear System, with five times more sound resolution than its competitors, designed to help recipients hear in noisy settings and enjoy the full dimensions of music. With sales in over 50 countries and a proven track record for developing high-performing, state-of-the-art products, AB's talented group of technologists and professionals from all over the world are driven to succeed, work with integrity and stay firmly committed to quality. To learn more about AB and its innovative cochlear implant technology, please visit www.advancedbionics.com.

*Neptune is pending regulatory approval in markets outside of the United States and Canada. ClearVoice is pending regulatory approval in the United States. HiRes Fidelity 120 is not approved for pediatric use in the United States.

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ADVANCED BIONICS AND THE HEARING SOLUTION GROUP JOIN IN SOUND ALLIANCE
Partnership Raises Standard of Cochlear Implant Support, Service in Southeast Asia

VALENCIA, Calif. and SINGAPORE, June 21, 2007 - United in their mission to ensure the hearing health of the severely to profoundly deaf, Advanced Bionics Corporation, the neuromodulation division of Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) and leader in cochlear implant technology, and The Hearing Solution Group, Southeast Asia's largest hearing health care provider, announce their official partnership. Through this mutual agreement, The Hearing Solution Group will advocate Advanced Bionics' cochlear implant devices, helping to further Advanced Bionics' commitment to providing superior service and support for its users throughout Southeast Asia.

"Our mission is not just about providing the hearing-impaired with the latest innovations in cochlear implant technology," said Robert Gulock, Vice President, Advanced Bionics Corporation, Asia-Pacific. "More importantly, it is about helping make the transition from silence to sound a positive and rewarding experience. Advanced Bionics' and The Hearing Solutions Group's shared commitment to patient care in Southeast Asia will enable us to provide uncompromising service to patients and clinicians."

Advanced Bionics recently introduced the revolutionary Harmony HiResolution® Bionic Ear System. Designed to enhance music appreciation and improve hearing in a variety of difficult listening environments, the Harmony System delivers HiResolution sound with the Fidelity 120 processing feature for unmatched performance. Together, the two key components are designed to provide a more natural representation of sound to help improve patient performance.

The Hearing Solution Group is the largest hearing health care provider in Southeast Asia, serving Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. The organization is renowned for providing a spectrum of hearing health care from counseling to basic and comprehensive audiological assessments to a full range of hearing devices, habilitation and rehabilitation, and service. The Hearing Solution Group is the only ISO 9001:2000-certified hearing health provider in Southeast Asia. For more information visit www.thsc.com.sg.

Patients interested in breakthroughs in cochlear implant technology should speak to their physicians and visit www.bionicear.com or call 800-678-2575 for more information.

Advanced Bionics Corporation, the neuromodulation division of Boston Scientific Corporation, is headquartered in Valencia, Calif. and is a leading innovator of bionic devices for people with neurological disorders, including deafness and chronic pain. The company was acquired in 2004 by Boston Scientific, the worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties.