Today, Health Storm Center’s Dr. Manny Alvarez discussed how a cochlear implant can restore sound sensation for profound hearing loss. Access the segment Getting a Bionic Ear here.
Advanced Bionics® recently introduced several new accessories that will make using their behind-the-ear (BTE) sound processors more convenient, comfortable and connected for adult and pediatric recipients alike.
Valencia, CA, February 5, 2010 – Advanced Bionics® recently introduced several new accessories that will make using their behind-the-ear (BTE) sound processors more convenient, comfortable and connected for adult and pediatric recipients alike.
Designed to keep AB recipients in style and on the go, these new accessories include:
– The Kinder Clip™, which allows Harmony® BTE sound processors to grow with pediatric recipients by enabling the processor to be worn completely off the ear and on the collar or shirt instead
– The Snuggie™, which securely fits over little ears to keep the active child’s or adult’s processor in place
– Skinit device covers, which allow recipients of all ages to dress up their processors with unique designs ranging from sports and fashion to art and “Create Your Own”
“We know that our recipients want more ways to wear and customize their sound processors,” said Jeffrey H. Greiner, CEO of Advanced Bionics. “These new accessories are great additions for both active kids and adults who want to make sure their processor stays in place while they’re playing sports, exercising or taking part in other lively activities. And with the recent launch of Skinit designs, we’re excited to now offer far more customization options than any other cochlear implant manufacturer.”
Decorative designs allow recipients to personalize devices just in time for the holidays
VALENCIA, Calif., December 9, 2009 – Advanced Bionics®, the only U.S.-based manufacturer of cochlear implants (or “bionic ears”), recently announced that the look of the world’s best performing cochlear implant system can now showcase customized designs. AB has partnered with Skinit, the leading company in consumer electronics personalization, to offer custom-made covers for Harmony® or Auria® sound processors.
“As a company, we focus on offering the most advanced technology and the best possible hearing experience to our recipients,” said Jeffrey H. Greiner, CEO of Advanced Bionics. “We’re excited to now offer far more customization options than any other cochlear implant manufacturer.”
With Skinit designs, recipients can customize their sound processors to match their mood or wardrobe or to simply make a fashion statement. Processors can be dressed with favorite colors, sports teams, motifs, or works of art. From patriotic flags to popular movie characters, from leopard prints to college team logos—and nearly everything in between—the Skinit Web site offers hundreds of designs to choose from or the option to upload graphics for a completely unique look. The designs are a great new addition to the 20 colorful caps and covers that are already available to choose from AB, making the Harmony System more customizable than any other cochlear implant system.
Advanced Bionics, a global leader in the development of cochlear implants, has partnered with Surrex Project Solutions to implement Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management software suite.
There is good news for parents who have children born with hearing loss. Technological advances make it possible to treat profound deafness in children as young as 12 months of age. Approximately one in 1000 newborns in the United States, approximately 33 babies are born deaf days.
Team at Advanced Bionics develops ear implants that are giving the gift of hearing to people like this boy from Sylmar, Calif. Lisa Sigell from KCBS 2 in Los Angeles reports.
By Lisa Sigell
KCBS 2 Los Angeles
Tyler de Lara seems like a typical three-year-old, extremely outgoing and playful.
But this is a change for Tyler, whose world was silent, until 10 months ago – not able to hear.
His parents say he was so quiet, he wouldn’t play with other kids and kept to himself.
“It was overwhelming, it was depressing at the same time,” Tyler’s dad said.
The technology is ‘close to a miracle,’ a psychologist says. Can it work for little Tyler de Lara?
By Shari Roan
Los Angeles Times
Tyler de Lara, 2, thrashes on a gurney, tangled in his sheet, hospital gown and IV tubing. A white bandage encircles his head and, loosened by his squirming, slips down and covers his eyes.
All that shows is a tuft of black hair and his mouth, set in an angry pout.
Dr. Akira Ishiyama notes Tyler’s grimace and says he’s pleased. It means there is no facial nerve damage.
Tyler was diagnosed as deaf six months earlier. Now, on an autumn morning at UCLA’s outpatient surgery center — after several misdiagnoses, battles with insurance companies and much worry and waiting — he is drifting from a cloud of anesthesia with two cochlear implants nestled in his skull.
Barry Block had just had an Advanced Bionics “Bionic Ear,” or cochlear implant, surgically implanted about two weeks before this story was shot for ABC 2 WMAR-TV in Baltimore, Maryland. A cochlear implant is an electronic device for people who are profoundly deaf. It works by directly stimulating any functioning auditory nerves inside the cochlea through an electric impulse. Hearing is much better than with traditional hearing aids and can allow the patient to enjoy music, maybe for the very first time. This video piece shows Barry’s initial “activation” at 1 p.m. on March 25 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. But, Barry didn’t just get his hearing restored – he proposed to his girlfriend of 2½ years, Sally Schramm, during his activation. Barry and his girlfriend had been dating for over two years, and he was certain she would say “yes” – something he wanted to hear even more than music. There wasn’t a dry eye in the studio or among those watching from home. Audiologist Ryan Carpenter also is featured in the clip.