- Published on 10 April 2013
Advanced Bionics (AB)announced that it received approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for Neptune™, the world’s first and only swimmable, waterproof cochlear implant sound processor in Australia.
Warranted for use in oceans, lakes and rivers in addition to pools, baths and showers, Neptune is designed to help cochlear implant recipients hear both in and out of the water. Recipients will no longer have to enclose their processor in a bag or remove it when they swim or bathe, which means they will not miss out on important safety instructions and opportunities for language development because they are not hearing at that time. Parents of pediatric Neptune recipients 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.
The lightweight Neptune processor features the industry’s first freestyle™ design which was honored by the Industrial Designers Society of America with a Silver Shaggie award. With the variety of convenient accessories, recipients can wear the Neptune processor anywhere such as in the hair, on an arm, under a collar, in a pocket and it can also be easily tucked away.
“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 only be splashed,” said Hansjuerg Emch, President, Advanced Bionics and Group Vice President of the Sonova Medical Division within which AB resides. “With their passion for all kinds of water sports, Australian recipients will appreciate the life-changing experience of hearing the waves while surfing or a lifeguard’s whistle while swimming.”
Advanced Bionics was able to develop this industry innovation without compromising hearing performance. Neptune is fully compatible with the most advanced hearing technology, including AutoSound TM , ClearVoice™*, and HiRes Fidelity 120™*, designed to allow recipients to hear 120 channels for improved music and tonal language perception, only available with AB.
*Not approved for pediatric use in the United States.