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AB launches Naída CI Q70 in Europe and Canada

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Sonova Holding AG, the world's leading provider of hearing solutions, announces today that its subsidiary Advanced Bionics (AB) is launching its new Naída CI Q70* (Naída CI) sound processor. The device is now commercially available in Europe, Canada and several other countries in the world. With Naída CI, the innovation DNA of AB and Phonak have merged together for the introduction of the world's newest, most advanced behind-the-ear sound processor.

When AB joined the Sonova Group, its engineers immediately began collaborating with Phonak, one of the world's leading hearing aid manufacturers. Now cochlear implant recipients have access to the combined technologies of the innovation leaders in cochlear implants and hearing instruments for the first time. With Naída CI, AB delivers a quantum leap forward in performance and wireless connectivity with a modern instyle design.

Naída CI comes with a full performance package in a small size. When AB's ClearVoice** technology and the Phonak UltraZoom feature are used together in loud real-world settings, recipients experience a 55% improvement in speech perception.[1] Naída CI also delivers Binaural VoiceStream Technology for unique ear-to-ear communication, 100% wireless connectivity to consumer electronics with the Accessline, and proven AB technology, including the new HiRes Optima sound processing** for improved battery life. Sized 40% smaller than AB's previous behind-the-ear processor, Naída CI sound processors are incredibly lightweight.

"When we develop any product, our commitment is to always provide the best possible hearing. We understand that people using our products are also looking for modern aesthetics like we offered with our Neptune processor. Naída CI fulfills that promise and is designed to deliver a quantum leap forward in performance and wireless connectivity in a small, attractive package," said Hansjuerg Emch, President of Advanced Bionics and Group Vice President Medical of Sonova.

[1] Buechner A, Dyballa K-H, Hehrmann P, Fredelake S, Lenarz T. Advanced beamformers for cochlear implant users in challenging listening conditions. Submitted to Otology & Neurotology, 2013.
* Pending regulatory approval in the United States.
** Not approved for pediatric use in the United States.

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Sonova Holding AG

Sonova Holding AG, headquartered in Staefa, Switzerland, is the leading manufacturer of innovative hearing care solutions. The group operates through its core business brands Phonak, Unitron, Advanced Bionics and Connect Hearing. Sonova offers its customers one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry - from hearing instruments to cochlear implants to wireless communication solutions. Founded in 1947, the group is currently present in over 90 countries across the globe and has a workforce of over 8,500 dedicated employees. Sonova generated sales of CHF 1,62 billion in the financial year 2011/12 and a net profit of CHF 246 million. By supporting the Hear the World Foundation, Sonova pursues its vision of a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.

For more information please visit www.sonova.com and www.hear-the-world.com.

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