ClearVoice and T-Comm - Advanced Bionics Cochlear Implant Innovations
Posted Apr 15 2012 12:00am
Last week Lily received ClearVoice , Advanced Bionics' new sound processing innovation that enhances speech understanding. ClearVoice is also the industry's only sound processing technology that has been clinically proven to deliver superior hearing performance in noise.
Within seconds of having ClearVoice activated, LIly tested 77% in noise and 100% without noise. This test was done with sentences that were pretty complicated. As the test progressed, it seemed her hearing improved. Lily had a test in noise a year ago and averaged somewhere between 50-70% accurate. We return in six weeks to do a comparison test. During this visit we also had her maps slightly adjusted for some of the higher pitches. We like her to hear around 20db or less on all pitches.
Lily's comments about ClearVoice thus far have been that the car seems quieter and the conversations are easier to hear. She's also been picking up the words to songs more easily. We've been using ClearVoice on the Medium setting and are now waiting for a noisy activity to try the high setting. So very very cool and it was free (except for the cost of our visit of course). I've had a number of people with "ordinary hearing" ask if they can use ClearVoice.
The FDA on April 2, 2012 approved the "T-Comm" T-Mic /Telecoil for Advanced Bionics Neptune CI processor. See Advanced Bionics website under T-Comm Accessory - Coming to the U.S and Canada in Summer 2012 for more information. There is even a picture. Benefits include:
Lightweight accessory—compatible with the Neptune™ sound processor
Delivers the natural microphone placement of the patented T-Mic™
Offers easy connectivity with the T-Mic that lets you wirelessly use earbuds, headphones, cell phones, and other popular audio devices
Features a built-in T-coil, which picks up sound if you have a compatible telephone, neckloop, or other accessory
Availability in the United States and Canada is planned for summer 2012 at a special introductory offer