WATERPROOF NEPTUNE SOUND PROCESSOR
FROM ADVANCED BIONICS RECEIVES TÜV APPROVAL
-- Neptune, the world’s first and only swimmable sound processor for cochlear
implant recipients, is now approved worldwide --
VALENCIA, Calif., January 6, 2012 – Advanced Bionics (AB), the global leader in cochlear
implant technology, announced today that it received approval in Europe for Neptune™, the
world’s first and only swimmable, waterproof sound processor. On December 1, AB announced
FDA approval for the distribution of Neptune sound processors in the United States and
Canada. The addition of TÜV approval for Europe allows AB to distribute Neptune worldwide.
Fully intended for swimming and bathing, Neptune is designed to help cochlear implant
recipients hear both in and out of the water. Recipients using other products on the market must
remove their processor when they swim or bathe, which means they miss out on important
safety instructions and opportunities for language development because they are not hearing
during those times. Developed for all weather, terrain, ages and lifestyles, Neptune allows
recipients to enjoy an abundance of water and sports activities thanks to its durable, waterproof
design. Parents of pediatric recipients will appreciate the bonding and learning that comes with
hearing during bath time, as well as the safety of hearing in the pool.
Designed after the chic styling of popular consumer electronics, the lightweight Neptune
processor also features the industry’s first freestyle™ design, allowing recipients to hear the
world of sound with the comfort and beauty of nothing on the ear. As a testament to the polished
styling, the Industrial Designers Society of America recently honored Neptune with a Silver
Shaggie award in recognition of excellence in product design. Neptune’s freestyle wearing
category is new for the cochlear implant industry, giving recipients the ability to choose their
wearing style. With the variety of convenient accessories, recipients can wear the Neptune
processor anywhere and way they choose, such as in the hair, on an arm, under a collar, in a
pocket—a high level of flexibility not available in the market until now. Neptune also comes in a
wide range of fashion-forward colors for matching it to wardrobes or showing it off. And for those
who prefer a more discreet look, it can also be easily tucked away. Parents will appreciate the
many features included to ensure that Neptune is the perfect choice for small children, including
removable controls that make it tamper-proof so that children can always hear their best.
Advanced Bionics was able to develop these industry firsts without compromising hearing
performance. Neptune is fully compatible with the most advanced hearing technology, including
ClearVoice™, HiRes Fidelity 120™ and AutoSound™, which are only available from AB.* These
sophisticated sound processing strategies are designed to deliver the best hearing performance
in real-world environments where recipients would otherwise struggle, such as busy offices,
loud playgrounds, music recitals and crowded restaurants.
Neptune garnered an enthusiastic response from the cochlear implant professional
community when it was announced at this year’s European Symposium on Pediatric Cochlear
Implantation (ESPCI) in Athens, Greece and the 13th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in
Children that took place in Chicago, IL, USA.
For more information about Neptune, contact a local Advanced Bionics representative or
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 HiResolution™
Bionic 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, stateof-
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
*ClearVoice is pending regulatory approval in the United States. HiRes Fidelity 120 is not approved for pediatric use
in the United States.
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ADVANCED BIONICS AND THE HEARING SOLUTION GROUP JOIN IN SOUND ALLIANCE
Partnership Raises Standard of Cochlear Implant Support, Service in Southeast Asia
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VALENCIA, Calif. and SINGAPORE, June 21, 2007 - United in their mission to ensure the hearing health of the severely to profoundly deaf, Advanced Bionics Corporation, the neuromodulation division of Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) and leader in cochlear implant technology, and The Hearing Solution Group, Southeast Asia's largest hearing health care provider, announce their official partnership. Through this mutual agreement, The Hearing Solution Group will advocate Advanced Bionics' cochlear implant devices, helping to further Advanced Bionics' commitment to providing superior service and support for its users throughout Southeast Asia.
"Our mission is not just about providing the hearing-impaired with the latest innovations in cochlear implant technology," said Robert Gulock, Vice President, Advanced Bionics Corporation, Asia-Pacific. "More importantly, it is about helping make the transition from silence to sound a positive and rewarding experience. Advanced Bionics' and The Hearing Solutions Group's shared commitment to patient care in Southeast Asia will enable us to provide uncompromising service to patients and clinicians."
Advanced Bionics recently introduced the revolutionary Harmony HiResolution® Bionic Ear System. Designed to enhance music appreciation and improve hearing in a variety of difficult listening environments, the Harmony System delivers HiResolution sound with the Fidelity 120 processing feature for unmatched performance. Together, the two key components are designed to provide a more natural representation of sound to help improve patient performance.
The Hearing Solution Group is the largest hearing health care provider in Southeast Asia, serving Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. The organization is renowned for providing a spectrum of hearing health care – from counseling to basic and comprehensive audiological assessments to a full range of hearing devices, habilitation and rehabilitation, and service. The Hearing Solution Group is the only ISO 9001:2000-certified hearing health provider in Southeast Asia. For more information visit www.thsc.com.sg.
Patients interested in breakthroughs in cochlear implant technology should speak to their physicians and visit www.bionicear.com or call 800-678-2575 for more information.
Advanced Bionics Corporation, the neuromodulation division of Boston Scientific Corporation, is headquartered in Valencia, Calif. and is a leading innovator of bionic devices for people with neurological disorders, including deafness and chronic pain. The company was acquired in 2004 by Boston Scientific, the worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties.