Bionics (AB), the global leader in cochlear implant technology and a
company of the Sonova Group, announced today that Neptune™,
the world's first and only swimmable, waterproof sound processor, has
passed rigorous internal testing and is now warranted for use in oceans,
lakes and rivers. The award-winning Neptune processor has already been
designated for use in pools, baths and showers. Neptune comes compatible
with the AquaMic, the industry's only waterproof headpiece and
microphone, which passed the same rigorous testing. All Neptune
processors and AquaMic headpieces qualify for this warranted use.
Further fulfilling AB's commitment to delivering the best in quality and
durability, AB cochlear implant recipients can now enjoy the opportunity
to hear in every water environment.
Award-Winning Waterproof Neptune Sound Processor from Advanced Bionics (Photo: Business Wire)
Recipients using other products on the market 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. Parents of pediatric
recipients using Neptune processors will appreciate the bonding and
learning that comes with hearing during bath time, as well as the safety
of hearing in pools, oceans, rivers and lakes.
"It's important to understand the difference between water
resistant and waterproof. With our fully submergible technology,
recipients can swim under water giving them access to hearing during far
more lifestyle activities than products that can onl be splashed," said
Hansjuerg Emch, Group Vice President of the Sonova Medical Division
within which AB resides. "We are proud to be the only company in the
world to offer a truly waterproof sound processor for cochlear implant
recipients. It's incredibly rewarding when our recipients tell us how it
changed their lives to hear the waves while surfing or a lifeguard's
whistle while swimming."
Developed for all weather, terrain, ages and lifestyles, Neptune
allows for hearing during robust water and sports activities thanks to
its unique waterproof design. Now with the ability to use the Neptune
processor in all water environments, recipients can enjoy the peace of
mind from hearing while taking part in a wide variety of additional
activities beyond swimming and bathing, such as boating, waterskiing,
jet-skiing, rafting, fishing, parasailing, wind gliding, surfing and
"I have been going whitewater rafting with friends for the past
five years. I always had to sit directly behind someone and follow them
to know how to paddle. This year, I wore one of my Neptune processors
and was able to hear the river guide yell out the commands myself!" said
AB recipient Steven Hecht. "Not only did I get splashed while going
through the class four rapids, I jumped out of the boat into the rapids
with my Neptune processor on the entire time. It really made a huge
difference to be able to hear while rafting!"
Advanced Bionics was able to develop this industry innovation without
compromising hearing performance. Neptune is fully compatible with the
most advanced hearing technology, including ClearVoice™*,
Fidelity 120™* and AutoSound™,
which are also 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
For more information about Neptune, contact a local Advanced Bionics
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 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.
*Not approved for pediatric patients in the United States.
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