Advanced Bionics announces approval in the US and Canada for the Naída CI Q90 Acoustic Earhook. The Acoustic Earhook can be added to a Naída CI Q90 processor to provide additional low-frequency information. If residual hearing decreases to the point where the acoustic information is no longer useful, the Acoustic Earhook can be swapped out for Advanced Bionics T-mic.
The Naída CI Q90 Acoustic Earhook will be made available to a limited number of North American centers in 2017 and will be made generally available in the United States and Canada in January 2018.
— The World’s Newest, Most Advanced Electro Acoustic Stimulation (EAS) System Receives Regulatory Approval for Commercial Release in Europe —
VALENCIA, Calif., May 28, 2015 – Advanced Bionics (AB), a global leader in cochlear implant technology and a company of the Sonova Group, announced today that the new Naída CI Q90 EAS received TÜV approval for distribution in Europe. With the arrival of this new product, now more than ever, cochlear implant recipients have access to the combined technologies of AB and Phonak, the innovation leaders in cochlear implants and hearing instruments.
The Naída CI Q90 EAS offers a truly integrated electro acoustic hearing solution in addition to many of the popular features delivered with the Naída CI platform:
- Powerful acoustic Phonak receiver attaches directly to the Naída CI Q90 sound processor
- Available for use with the industry’s largest selection of wireless connectivity accessories for phone calls and media streaming from devices by Apple®, Samsung®, Nokia® and other leading brands
- Compatible with AB ClearVoice™* and Phonak UltraZoom speech enhancement technologies for improved understanding in noise
- Fast, easy programming within AB’s signature SoundWave™ fitting software
- New AB-Phonak fitting feature designed to align sound from a hearing instrument and a cochlear implant
Advanced Bionics announces in the Sonova 2014/2015 Annual Report that the next generation Naída CI sound processor will include combined CI/HA capabilities, termed EAS (electro acoustic stimulation). From page 27 of the report:
The next step-change innovation from Advanced Bionics will be the approval and launch of the Naída CI sound processor, ready for EAS (electro acoustic stimulation). This offers the full integration of Advanced Bionics and Phonak technology for recipients with some residual hearing who are seeking the most natural-sounding hearing experience. The processor combines the electric sound signal from an Advanced Bionics cochlear implant with acoustic sound from a Phonak hearing aid. The combination of electrical and acoustical stimulation should allow recipients to hear high and low frequencies for a more natural hearing experience and improved music enjoyment.