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.

 

 

Naída CI Q90 Additional Information

Naida CI Q90The 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.

Power Cell MiniThe 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:

  • EasyCall
  • DECT Phone
  • Roger Pen
  • Roger 17
  • Roger Clip-on mic
  • ComPilot
  • RemoteMic
  • TVLink

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.

Naída CI Q70 Processor Improvements

Naida improvements

Advanced Bionics continues to improve the Naída CI Q70 battery connector, and has also upgraded the earhook to a new design and material that is more durable.

There is no need to return working sound processors. All Naída CI Q70 sound processors and accessories on January 1, 2015.

Read the letter to health care professionals here.

Advanced Bionics AquaCase Unboxing

Click on an image to see the full-size version!

Advanced Bionics Naída Warranty Restart – Recipient Letter

Last week Cochlear Implant HELP reported that Naída users in the US and Canada will enjoy a restart of the warranty for the processor and accessories to January 1st, 2015.  Every eligible recipient will receive a copy of this letter with details on the program.

Advanced Bionics Implements Naída Improvements, Restarts Warranty Period

Advanced Bionics will restart the warranty period for Naída CI Q70 processors and accessories – including batteries – to January 1st, 2015.  This letter applies to users in the US and Canada. Read the letter to clinicians here.

If history is any guide, current Naída users will hear from Advanced Bionics directly with details.  Stay tuned to CochlearImplantHELP.com for updates.

Advanced Bionics AquaCase Available in the US

Advanced Bionics announces the US availability of the AquaCase for the Naída processor.

$100 discount introductory offer

From bath time, swimming and snorkeling, to skiing, trail hiking, mountain biking, mud running and rock climbing, the durable AquaCase offers Advanced Bionics recipients uncompromised hearing performance and peace of mind during even the most rugged adventures. To ensure it safeguards the Naída CI sound processor in any environment, the AquaCase features a security lock and special corrosion-resistant materials that stand up to water, dirt, mud, sand and other grime. Recipients can wear it just how they like it, with a compatible clothing clip, on an armband* or securely attached to a lanyard.

AquaCase 2The Naída CI Q70 processor is inserted into the AquaCase, with a waterproof connector plugged into the headpiece cable socket. And a T-mic or ear hook fits into the AquaCase so there is no need to remove them. The AquaMic waterproof headpiece microphone is connected to the external portion of the waterproof connector.  In order to minimize the size of the AquaCase, only the smallest rechargeable batteries, the PowerCel 110, will fit inside.

Over time the only part of the system that may occasionally need to be replaced  is the O-ring seal, which is easily accomplished without any tools.

AquaCase 3

Pricing for the AquaCase and accessories is $475, and if you don’t already have an AquaMic and AquaMic cable, the complete system is $950.  Until December 31st, 2014, Advanced Bionics is offering a $100 discount on either the AquaCase or the AquaCase & AquaMic in the United States. Contact customer service to order yours today!

*Purchased separately.

FDA Approves Advanced Bionics AquaCase for Naída Processors

1103080971[1] The FDA has approved the AquaCase for the Naída CI Q70 processor.

Any Adventure, Any Environment

The robust AquaCase™ accessory has been developed to provide the same great hearing during even the most rugged activities.

  • All-day, every day, reusable accessory
  • Ideal for swimming, snorkeling, skiing, mountain biking, mud running, and other exciting adventures
  • Designed for dusty outdoor environments, including farms, workshops, playgrounds, and construction sites
  • Secure, off-ear, worry-free wearing for exceptional retention and peace of mind
  • Built Kid Tough™ providing protection and retention for an active lifestyle
  • IP 68 rating for the ultimate protection against water, sweat, sand, and grime

Advanced Bionics Announces AquaCase for Naida in Europe and Canada

Aqua Case   Advanced Bionics introduces the AquaCase for the Naida CI Q70 processor, just in time for summer!

Any Adventure, Any Environment

The robust AquaCase™ accessory has been developed to provide the same great hearing during even the most rugged activities.

  • All-day, every day, reusable accessory
  • Ideal for swimming, snorkeling, skiing, mountain biking, mud running, and other exciting adventures
  • Designed for dusty outdoor environments, including farms, workshops, playgrounds, and construction sites
  • Secure, off-ear, worry-free wearing for exceptional retention and peace of mind
  • Built Kid Tough™ providing protection and retention for an active lifestyle
  • IP 68 rating for the ultimate protection against water, sweat, sand, and grime

myNaída app for iOS and Android Review

Deb Deitz

As the proud new owner of a Naída CI Q70 cochlear implant processor, I was delighted to see that Advanced Bionics had come out with a free App that I could use on my iPhone and Android Tablet that gives me the same user information that came with my kit.   Now we can basically have all the information at our fingertips without having to drag out the user manuals!

There are two versions of the myNaída App and each has its own separate link.  The first one is for iPhone users and Apple products and the second is for Android phones and tablets.

myNaida_AndroidI turned on my Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tablet, an Android tablet, and wasn’t 100% sure how to install the App. I went to the “Play Store” and typed in the word “Naída”.  Sure enough a website came up asking me which version I wanted to download.   I chose “for Android devices” and within a minute I had the full myNaída app installed on my tablet!  Just search the iTunes store or Google Play for myNaída.

In the upper right corner of any screen, you will see a little blue and white settings icon.  This allows you to download all the videos.  It’s nice that the videos don’t come with the app, or you could get hit with some serious data charges!  Make sure to be connected by wifi when you download the videos.

The words “Instructional Toolkit” sum up this App perfectly.   There are nine different sections within the App for various areas of instruction and information.   Click and learn.

My Naída CI:  Everything about your Naída CI, from parts, assembling the processor, operation manual, listening check, using the phone, wearing off the ear, and caring for your device.  The videos come in really handy for sections such as assembling the processor.  And naturally, they are all captioned!  Be sure to scroll down – there are lots of sections.

assembling

AB myPilot:  Parts manual, charging instructions, pairing instructions and operating manual.

ComPilot:   Parts manual, charging and operating your ComPilot.

Troubleshooting:   Common issues with the Naída CI, AB myPilot and ComPilot are all covered.  Full step by step directions on self troubleshooting.   This is a wonderful resource! If you have any problem with your gear, make sure to check out this section.  It may save you a trip to the audiologist!

troubleshootingSound Processing Features:   Excellent explanations of what we have and what it does.  Clearly describes what each feature does.  I am happy to say I am using AutoSound, with ClearVoice and Optima sound processing!  If you sometimes forget what features such as DuoPhone, UltraZoom, or Optima do, this section contains clear and simple explanations.

Phonak Binaural VoiceStream Technology:   This describes our new Phonak features in full.  I am using Ultrazoom and am totally in love with it.   I use it in loud situations, like restaurants, paired with ClearVoice, I hear much better in noise than I could dream possible. DuoPhone, QuickSync, and ZoomControl are features for bilateral users.   If you are in doubt which programs you might want on your processor, this section can help you select your user settings.  Helpful when talking with your audiologist!

Connectivity:   This section explains all the ways to connect to your Naída processor. Learn about the T-Mic 2,  Naída CI listening check, using the telephone, using T-coil, using Bluetooth with ComPilot, AB myPilot, Phonak TVLink, Phonak RemoteMic, FM access.

Hearing in Noise:  T-mic 2, ClearVoice, HiRes Fidelity 120, HiRes Optima Sound Processing, AutoSound, UltraZoom.

Enjoying Music:  This section goes further into Advanced Bionics innovations and talks about getting the best music you can have with a CI. There’s even a link to AB’s music training program, Musical Atmospheres.

Using the Phone:  AB covers some programs that are helpful with using phones.  This feels a bit like marketing material on what the capabilities are, rather than simple instructions on the different ways to use the phone.

There is a tool bar at the bottom of the Home page that takes you to various places.  My favorite is the 2nd one with the logo of three people.  Click on that and you will find links to take you to the various online sites that have AB features and resources.  It’s a great way to contact AB when traveling or not at home and you need something.  Make sure to scroll down to see the whole list!  There’s everything from Facebook to Pinterest to Instagram, instant email to AB, and more.

Conclusion

If you are thinking about getting a cochlear implant, download this free app to see what features will be available to you!  And if you already have a Naída (or two) this is a valuable resource for everything from usage tips to debugging tools.

Everyone will find a use for this App.  No need to drag out your backpack with all the manuals, it’s all here, including easy to find and use contact information for Advanced Bionics.

Happy Hearing!