The Naída CI Q90 is shipping in North America now! Newly implanted recipients and paid upgrades will receive them first. Recipients who are participating in the free upgrade program, implanted after February 9th, 2015, will receive the Q90 between 4/1/2016-11/15/2016.
If you have a Q70, you can trade it in for $2500. If you have a Harmony or a Neptune, you may participate in the buy-back program, which will give you $1900 towards a complete Naída CI Q90 kit.
The Q90 is EAS (Electro-Acoustic Stimulation) ready. When available, you may be able to use the built-in hearing aid component to augment the sound you get from the cochlear implant. EAS is approved in Europe, and is under development in the United States.
The new PowerCel 110 Mini and the PowerCell 170 Mini can be used in the AquaCase. These batteries are also compatible with the Naída CI Q70 processor.
SoundRelax and WindBlock can be used on your primary program. EchoBlock should be installed on a separate program.
The Phonak EasyCall can be used if you have 2 Naída CI Q90 or Q70 processors, one processor and one compatible Phonak hearing aid, or two compatible Phonak hearing aids.
The continuously-growing constellation of accessories includes, but may not be limited to:
- DECT Phone
- Roger Pen
- Roger 17
- Roger Clip-on mic
For Q70 users, the software to enable WindBlock, EchoBlock, and SoundRelax, as well as using the EasyCall, is already shipping to your audiologist. Check with your center to see if they are using it yet.
In addition to being EAS-ready, the Q90 offers StereoZoom for bilateral recipients. StereoZoom uses two microphones on each processor, a total of four microphones, to focus the sound more tightly than microphones on only one processor can accomplish. The two processors communicate with each other wirelessly.
Pro tip for TVLink users – it’s for more than watching TV! If you stream music through the TV, you can hear the music wirelessly with the TVLink.