|By Cheryl Heppner, 8/9/11
Advanced Bionics is one of the three companies exhibiting at the convention that market cochlear implant systems worldwide. Originally founded in 1993, the company became part of the Sonova Group in 2009. Sonova Group also includes Phonak, a well-known hearing aid brand. Advanced Bionics has operations in over 50 countries.
Advanced Bionics technology now includes the HiRes 90K implant, HiRes Fidelity 120, AutoSound, ClearVoice, and Wide IDR (Input Dynamic Range).
It’s website has information about the Bionic Ear Association, a community of hearing health professionals and cochlear implant recipients that provides support services. There’s also contact information to reach one of the company’s audiologists or a language specialist at http://www.advancedbionics.com/com/en/get_connected/contact.html.
While at the Advanced Bionics exhibit I got a free copy of Arlene Romoff’s book Listening Closely: A Journey to Bilateral Hearing, which was published in March 2011. I was fortunate to be among the individuals with whom Arlene shared her cochlear implant experiences as she wrote of her preparations for -- and adjusted to -- her second cochlear implant. I have been eager to learn the rest of the story.
For those of you interested in reading the book, I checked Amazon and found it has the hardcover edition; 11 customers have reviewed the book and all gave it 5 stars.