Advanced Bionics Partners With Skinit to Customize Appearance of Cochlear Implants

Decorative designs allow recipients to personalize devices just in time for the holidays

AB has partnered with Skinit to offer custom-made covers for AB sound processors.

 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.

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Cochlear Implants Give Child Gift Of Hearing — KCBS 2 Los Angeles

Now, with two cochlear implants or Bionic Ears from Advanced Bionics, Tyler can hear other children, his sister and when his parents call his name.

Thanks to two cochlear implants or Bionic Ears from Advanced Bionics, Tyler, 3, who was born profoundly deaf, can hear other children, his sister and when his parents call his name.

Tyler, whose world was silent, until 10 months ago.

Tyler's world was silent until 10 months ago.

By Lisa Sigell
KCBS 2 Los Angeles

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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.

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Cochlear implants open deaf kids’ ears to the world — Los Angeles Times

The technology is ‘close to a miracle,’ a psychologist says. Can it work for little Tyler de Lara?

By Shari Roan
Los Angeles Times

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Audio slide show: A miracle of sound

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.

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Man pops question on TV after ‘Bionic Ear’ from Advanced Bionics restores hearing

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.