VALENCIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Advanced Bionics (AB), a global leader in cochlear implant technology and a company of the Sonova Group, announced today that the AquaCase™* container has obtained FDA approval and will be commercially available in the United States starting on November 3, 2014, following its successful launch in Europe and Canada earlier this year. Designed for use with the Naída CI Q70 (Naída CI) sound processor, the AquaCase accessory is the world’s first and only swimmable, waterproof case for cochlear implant recipients.
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 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 clip, armband* and lanyard.
“After the huge splash it has made in Europe and Canada, we are delighted to be able to offer this incredibly robust, versatile new accessory to our American Naída CI recipients,” said Mark Downing, Director of Product Management and Surgical Support at Advanced Bionics. “It’s always special for us to be able to introduce something as groundbreaking as this technology. The ability to experience the same great hearing performance in every environment will change people’s lives.”
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™ headpiece, 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 Naída CI processors as well. Delivering the industry’s only headpiece-integrated microphone, AB allows Naída CI and Neptune recipients to wear the processor off the ear in the preferred location for any activity.
“Advanced Bionics is at the forefront of innovation in our industry, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the area of waterproof technology,” said Hansjuerg Emch, President of Advanced Bionics and Group Vice President of the Sonova Medical Division where AB resides. “With the AquaCase accessory, recipients know they can take the world’s most advanced sound processor with them, wherever they go, no matter what adventure they are pursuing.”
The AquaCase accessory has been developed for use with the Naída CI sound processor available only from Advanced Bionics. With Naída CI, AB delivers a quantum leap forward in performance and wireless connectivity with a chic, modern instyle™ design.
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, 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.