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Advanced Bionics receives FDA approval for AquaCase accessory

Advanced Bionics has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for its AquaCase container, which has been developed for use with the Naída CI Q70 (Naída CI) sound processor.

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The AquaCase accessory is the swimmable and waterproof case for cochlear implant recipients.

It has been designed to use with the swimmable AquaMic headpiece, which is the firm’s IP 68-rated microphone, and it is available for recipients who use Naída CI processors, according to the company.

Advanced Bionics product management and surgical support director Mark Downing said: "After the huge splash it has made in Europe and Canada, we are delighted to be able to offer this incredibly robust, versatile new accessory to our American Naída CI recipients."

The company said that the new container features a security lock and special corrosion-resistant materials, which offers resistance against water, dirt, mud, sand and other grime.

Advanced Bionics president and Sonova Medical Division group vice-president Hansjuerg Emch said the recipients can take sound processor with them, wherever they go, with the AquaCase accessory.

"Advanced Bionics is at the forefront of innovation in our industry, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the area of waterproof technology," Emch added.

The company plans to commercially launch the product in the US in November, while earlier this year, it was launched in Europe and Canada.


Image: The waterproof AquaCase accessory for cochlear implant recipients. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.