Advanced Bionics Naída Link CROS

Naid Link CROS

Advanced Bionics extends their portfolio of solutions for cochlear implant users with the introduction of the Naída Link CROS Solution.

If you have one cochlear implant, and no hearing in the opposite ear, the Naída Link CROS can transmit sound wirelessly from your ‘bad’ side to the cochlear implant!

Full press release from Advanced Bionics:

Jul 26, 2017

The Naída Link CROS Solution

Advanced Bionics extends their portfolio of solutions for cochlear implant users with the introduction of the Naída Link CROS Solution.

— Advanced Bionics extends their portfolio of solutions for cochlear implant users with the introduction of the Naída Link CROS Solution

VALENCIA, Calif., July 26, 2017 – Today, Advanced Bionics (AB) and Phonak announced an industry first for cochlear implant users. The Phonak Naída™ Link CROS, a wireless audio transmitter, was introduced to provide full access to sounds for unilateral cochlear implant candidates with no hearing in their opposite ear. Approximately 30%– 45% of cochlear implant recipients¹ are single-sided listeners who are at a significant disadvantage when positioned with their “hearing ear” away from the speaker, as might happen in automobiles or at meetings or group dinners. A second cochlear implant would be beneficial but access may be limited due to medical indications or cost. The Naida Link CROS is a tiny, ear-level device that picks up signals presented to the “non-hearing” ear and instantaneously transmits them to the cochlear implant system on the “hearing ear.” A recent study demonstrated that the Naída Link CROS provided immediate improvement in speech understanding in quiet and noise and a better overall hearing experience².

The Naida Link CROS device extends the Naida family of hearing solutions from AB and Phonak for severe-to-profound individuals. Utilizing the proprietary Binaural VoiceStream Technology™, an automatic wireless network is established between the Naida CI sound processor and a Naida Link CROS transmitter, Naida Link hearing aid or second Naida CI sound processor. This wireless network enables the sharing of control signals, and full-bandwidth audio streaming so that all cochlear implant recipients can benefit from hearing from both ears. The Naida Link CROS allows unilateral cochlear implant recipients to hear from wherever they want and walk into any listening situation with more confidence.  It is so discreet and easy to use that they can just switch it on to enjoy hearing from both sides and wear it without being noticed.

 “We are excited to bring CROS technology to cochlear implant users. This technology has been life-changing for individuals with single-sided deafness. We expect the same benefits for those individuals who hear from a single cochlear implant,” said Stefan Launer, Vice President of Science & Technology, Group Research & Development.  Tony Spahr, Director of Audiology and Product Management at Advanced Bionics, says “I’m genuinely excited about the difference this will make. Listening with one ear presents great challenges for communication. For individuals relying on a single cochlear implant, the Naída Link CROS is the best way to gain complete access to the sounds of the world.”

The Phonak Naída Link CROS is available in the United States and Canada starting today and in Europe starting this summer.

About Advanced Bionics
Advanced Bionics is a global leader in developing hearing solutions for individuals with severe-to-profound hearing loss who no longer benefit from hearing aids. 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. It’s designed to help recipients hear in noisy settings and enjoy the full dimensions of music and tonal languages.

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.

About Phonak

In 2017, Phonak, a member of the Sonova Group, proudly celebrates its 70th anniversary. Headquartered near Zurich, Switzerland, Phonak was born in 1947 out of a passion for taking on the most difficult hearing challenges. Seventy years later, this passion remains. As the industry’s leading provider, we offer the broadest portfolio of life-changing hearing solutions. From pediatric to profound hearing loss, we remain committed to creating hearing solutions that change people’s lives to thrive socially and emotionally. We believe in creating a world where ‘Life is on’ for everyone.

For more information, please visit www.phonak.comwww.phonakpro.com

  1. Siburt, H., & Holmes, A. (2015). Bimodal Programming: A Survey of Current Clinical Practice. American Journal of Audiology,24(2), 243-9
  2. Mosnier, Use of a Contralateral Routing of Signals (CROS) System in Bilaterally Deaf Recipients with Unilateral Cochlear Implant, presented at the 13th European Symposium on Paediatric Cochlear Implantation, Lisbon, May 25th 2017

Media Contact:
Olivia Duarte
Advanced Bionics
661.362.1400
MediaInquiries@AdvancedBionics.com

Cochlear Nucleus 7 Introduction

Cochlear Nucleus 7 processor

Cochlear introduces the Nucleus 7 sound processor today!  Compatible with Nucleus CI24RE, CI500 and Profile Series Implants, key features include:

  • The N7 is the lightest sound processor on the market.
  • Can stream sound directly from compatible Apple devices. Bimodal users can stream sound directly from a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the Nucleus 7 in one ear and a compatible ReSound hearing aid in the other ear.
  • Control, monitor and customize hearing on an iPhone or iPod touch through the Nucleus® Smart App available to download for free from the App Store®

The Nucleus 7 is expected to be available in the US in September 2017 for new candidates.  In October 2017 the processor will be available as an upgrade for current recipients in the US and Canada.  There is no information yet about availability in other regions, or on compatibility with Nucleus 22 series implants.

For more information, read the press release here.

Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sneak Preview

Get a sneak preview of the Cochlear Nucleus 7 processor!  Stay tuned here for breaking news on the N7 from Cochlear.

Information distilled by Bob MacPherson from an interview with Jan Janssen, Senior Vice President Research and Development, Cochlear Limited on MedicalResearch.com, dateline july 20, 2017:

* The Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor is the world’s first and only Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor, allowing users to stream sound from their iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® directly to their cochlear implant sound processor. It not only enhances the experience of talking on the phone, it also makes features like enjoying music or watching videos, as well as audio apps such as Maps or FaceTime, more easily accessible.

* The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is also the smallest and lightest behind-the-ear sound processor on the market.

* With the availability of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, Cochlear is also offering the first Made for iPhone Smart Bimodal Solution (the combination of a cochlear implant in one ear and a hearing aid in the other), enabling both hearing devices to provide synchronized streaming to both ears from a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The Nucleus 7 Bimodal Solution is delivered by using a Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, a compatible ReSoundTM hearing aid and a paired iPhone or iPod to control functionality for both hearing devices.

* The Nucleus 7 Smart App gives parents confidence that they can monitor their child’s sound processor and ensure they are hearing. The device also includes a variety of features that make it easier on parents and caregivers including:
The new Hearing Tracker feature records coil-offs time (each time the sound processor coil does not detect the implant coil, such as if it has fallen off a child’s head) and time in speech (which optimizes the sound processor for different types of noise environments).
The Nucleus Smart App Find My Processor feature helps locate a lost sound processor by using Location Services to determine the last place the sound processor was connected to the paired iPhone or iPod touch, whether it has been lost on the playground, in the house or in the car.
Parents are also able to see battery status, adjust volume and change programs using the Nucleus Smart App without needing to touch the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor.

Advanced Bionics / Phonak Naída Bimodal Solution Seminars

Naida bimodalSave the date!  Advanced Bionics is hosting a series of seminars providing information about how Naída cochlear implant processors and Naída hearing aids.

Discover the benefits of AB’s newest innovation—the Naída bimodal hearing solution. This interactive, hands-on seminar is for anyone considering a cochlear implant and unilateral AB recipients. The event will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about the Naída bimodal hearing solution, wireless communication, and aural rehabilitation resources.

For more information, see the flyer.

CochlearImplantHELP has always provided news of new cochlear implant products, oftentimes before the official manufacturers’ announcements. We are pleased to announce local informational events about new products and features hosted by cochlear implant manufacturers. Please use our contact form to submit manufacturer flyers for consideration.

 

 

Use Any Processor With Your Implant

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Boston, MA, USA (April 1st, 2016) Boston-based biotech startup Cyberdyne Systems has announced the world’s first truly universal cochlear implant headpiece.  The OneWorld™ headpiece automatically detects the model of the processor and of the internal implant, and acts as a translator between them. With the OneWorld™ headpiece, processors from any cochlear implant manufacturer will work with implants from any manufacturer.

OneWorld CF

Carbon Fiber

For example, if you have a MED-EL implant and would like to use the wireless accessories for the Advanced Bionics Naída CI Q90 or Cochlear Nucleus 6 processors, you can switch to those processors at the time of your next upgrade.  And the OneWorld™ headpiece will make your implant compatible with the processor.

Or if you have a Cochlear brand implant, and would like a processor with the Advanced Bionics T-Mic, the OneWorld™ headpiece will ensure compatibility.

OneWorld Titanium

Titanium

The OneWorld™ headpiece uses the highest-grade rare earth magnets, resulting in the world’s lightest and lowest profile cochlear implant headpiece. The low profile enhances compatibility with more hats and helmets. The flat outer surface is designed to accommodate commercial and hand-made decorations without unsightly cuts or wrinkles.

Case options include carbon fiber, titanium, and a variety of colors in medical-grade plastic.

If you have access to your desired processor through your audiologist, family member, or friend, you may try out the OneWorld™ headpiece for 30 days with the ListenUp! program from Cyberdyne Systems.

For more information, and to be notified when the OneWorld™ headpiece becomes available, sign up here.

Advanced Bionics Naída CI Q90 Availability

Naida CI Q90

The Naida CI Q90 Pre-sale starts on November 16th for US and Canada residents!  The newest processor from Advanced Bionics offers these exciting features: Contact Customer Service to place your order today.

  • With AutoSound™ OS technology, your Naída CI Q90 intelligently analyzes and automatically adapts to the sound around you, so you hear your best wherever you go without having to change programs or adjust any settings.
  • The StereoZoom feature uses the front and back microphones on both processors to zoom in on a single voice in a noisy environment, so you can chat one-on-one with less effort in extreme noise.
  • The WindBlock feature automatically reduces wind noise for greater comfort in windy environments like a golf course or the beach.
  • The SoundRelax feature automatically dampens unexpected loud sounds, such as door slamming or clanging dishes, for a more pleasant listening experience.
  • The EchoBlock feature improves the sound quality in reverberant environments you encounter, like museums, galleries, and places of worship.

Some of these features will be available for the Naída CI Q70. An appointment with your audiologist will be necessary to activate them.

Initial Naída CI Q90 upgrades will be reserved for recipients who are paying for the upgrade, including a trade-in program for current Naída CI Q70 recipients.  Information for Naída CI Q70 recipients who were implanted on or after February 9th, 2015 will be provided shortly.

Power Cell Mini

In addition, two smaller, lighter batteries with improved battery life will also be available. The PowerCel 110 Mini and PowerCell 170 Mini offer extra comfort and up to 36 hours of battery life. These exciting new batteries will also work with the Naída CI Q70.