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TMCNet:  Advanced Bionics Launches World's First Waterproof Case for Cochlear Implant Recipients

[May 14, 2014]

Advanced Bionics Launches World's First Waterproof Case for Cochlear Implant Recipients

VALENCIA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

Advanced Bionics (AB), a global leader in cochlear implant technology and a company of the Sonova Group, announced today the approval of the AquaCase™* container in Europe and Canada. Designed for use with the Na�da CI Q70 (Na�da CI) sound processor, the AquaCase accessory is the world's first and only swimmable, waterproof case for cochlear implant recipients.

The waterproof AquaCase™ accessory from Advanced Bionics (Photo: Business Wire)

The waterproof AquaCase™ accessory from Advanced Bionics (Photo: Business Wire)

From bath time, swimming and snorkeling, to skiing, trail hiking, mountain biking, mud running and rock climbing, the durable AquaCase offers recipients uncompromised hearing performance and peace of mind during even the most rugged adventures. To ensure it safeguards the Na�da 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 clip, armband**, and lanyard.

""We understand how important hearing in and around water is for recipients and their families. First and foremost for safety and peace of mind, but parents also want their children to fully engage with their friends while playing in the pool or the surf," said Mark Downing, Director or Product Management and Surgical Support. "AB is always thinking of new ways to give our recipients hearing during life's adventures. This small, ecure and incredibly durable case is another example of our commitment to the best hearing performance in every environment."

Advanced Bionics is the only company that enables cochlear implant recipients to enjoy fully waterproof hearing with no compromise in performance. The AquaCase accessory is designed for use with the swimmable AquaMic™, AB's unique, IP 68-rated microphone. The AquaMic is 100% waterproof and does not require a bag or enclosure that significantly reduces sound quality. Over the last three years, the AquaMic has delivered great performance to thousands of Neptune™ processor users; now it is available for recipients who use Na�da CI processors as well. Delivering the industry's only headpiece-integrated microphone, AB allows Na�da CI and Neptune™ recipients to wear the processor off the ear in the preferred location for any activity.

"At Advanced Bionics, we have always believed that hearing in and under water without compromising performance is essential to improve the quality of life for people with cochlear implants," said Hansjuerg Emch, President of Advanced Bionics and Group Vice President of the Sonova Medical Division where AB resides. "We are very pleased that with the introduction of the AquaCase for Na�da CI, waterproof hearing is now available for the world's most advanced behind-the-ear processor."

The AquaCase accessory has been developed for use with the Na�da CI sound processor available only from Advanced Bionics. With Na�da CI, AB delivers a quantum leap forward in performance and wireless connectivity with a chic, modern instyle™ design.

To learn more about the new AquaCase from 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 HiResolutionBionic 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.

*Pending regulatory approval in the United States.
**Purchased separately.


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