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Advanced Bionics Announces Future Compatibility with Phonak EasyCall and DECT Phone Accessories

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The world’s cochlear implant innovation leader will soon offer new phone accessories from the world’s hearing instrument innovation leader.

June 15, 2015 -- VALENCIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Advanced Bionics (AB), a global leader in cochlear implant technology and a company of the Sonova Group, announced today the future compatibility and availability of the Phonak EasyCall and DECT Phone solutions for use with the Naída CI Q70 (Naída CI) sound processor.

The unique EasyCall and DECT Phone accessories are designed to significantly improve speech understanding when talking on the phone, without any intermediary device required. Compatibility of these accessories with the Naída CI sound processor will be enabled with the next release of SoundWave™, AB’s signature fitting software.

“We are pleased that our recipients can benefit from even more proven Phonak wireless technology,” said Hansjuerg Emch, President of Advanced Bionics and Group Vice President of the Sonova Medical Division within which AB resides. “With the addition of the EasyCall and DECT Phone accessories, AB recipients can now enjoy improved understanding on the phone without the need for intermediary devices.”

The Phonak EasyCall* accessory is designed to provide universal, discreet, and hassle-free communication with any Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phone.

  • Attaches directly to the phone
  • Streams directly to both ears for best sound quality and speech intelligibility
  • Supports all brands of cell phones, including iPhone and Samsung
  • No intermediary device needed

The Phonak DECT Phone* is a cordless phone for everyone that provides an easy-to-use phone option at home or at work.

  • Enjoy calls on your landline phone
  • Transmit sound directly to one or both ears to reduce noise and maximize speech understanding – hearing aid users experience 40% better speech understanding1
  • One solution for the whole family – family members without hearing loss can use the DECT Phone just like a regular phone
  • No intermediary device required

The addition of the EasyCall and DECT Phone solutions further expands the portfolio of AB compatible wireless accessories from Phonak, which already includes the ComPilot, RemoteMic, and TVLink, as well as the high performance Roger system.

“We live in a wireless world where people expect to be able to easily connect to any device they choose,” said Mark Downing, Director of Product Management and Surgical Support at Advanced Bionics. “With the AB and Phonak wireless accessories, our recipients can talk on the phone, stream songs, watch TV shows, hear voices clearly in loud settings and over distance—all with just the touch of a button.”

Together, AB and Phonak have the broadest and most proven portfolio of wireless solutions for cochlear implant (CI) recipients. These accessories are designed to help CI recipients perform better in challenging listening situations, especially over distance and in extreme noise. They also give AB recipients unparalleled access to today’s popular media, as well as greater comfort and sound clarity during everyday activities, such as talking on the phone or online, watching television and listening to music.

For more information about AB’s innovative hearing technology, visit AdvancedBionics.com, or follow AB on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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 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 or the Advanced Bionics Expo Page on AudiologyOnline.

*Existing Naída CI processor users require software upgrade to use this accessory

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1.Appleton-Huber, J. (2013). Phonak DECT CP1 cordless phone – Improvement of speech intelligibility and client satisfaction. Phonak Field Study News. V1 2013-10 

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