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Harmony vs. Naída CI Q70: Advanced Bionics recipients share their experiences in upgrading to Naída CI Q70

November 8th, 2013 by | Tags: , , , , , | 5 Comments »


Naída CI Q70 became available commercially several weeks ago.  Two Advanced Bionics recipients, Linda Pavlak and Dan Solcher, wore the Harmony for a number of years and recently upgraded to the new Naída CI Q70.  They share their experiences about the new features on Naída CI Q70 and compare and contrast between the two sound processors.

Linda began to lose her hearing in mid-20′s and wore bilateral hearing aids until getting her first cochlear implant in 2011.  Today, she wears Harmony in one ear and Naída CI Q70 in the other ear.

Headshot20130530Dan was born deaf and diagnosed as profoundly deaf at age three years.  He first received a cochlear implant in his right ear at age 35 years and then his left ear a year later.



While the Harmony has a microphone on the sound processor itself and a T-mic, Naída CI Q70 has two microphones on the sound processor itself, one on the headpiece, and the new T-Mic 2.  Because the Naída CI Q70 has additional microphones, do you find that you hear differently?

Linda: I hear differently with my Naída CI Q70. The clarity of sound is amazing! Here’s a short story: Three days after I upgraded to Naída CI O70, my cellphone was ringing and instead of placing the phone in my right ear, which I always have done, I placed it by my left ear which was the Naída CI ear!  It definitely took me by surprise.  I work full-time as a nurse and although my cochlear implants have changed my life, I have taken a huge leap forward with the Naída CI Q70.

Dan: Yes,  the hearing is clearer, and I am able to hear more sounds than ever. It really helps me to understand the speech better and I am speaking better than ever. As a bilateral recipient, these Naída CI Q70 sound processors communicate to each other wirelessly to give me the best hearing possible while balancing input from both sides.


Naída CI Q70 is 40% smaller than the Harmony.  How does the size of Naída CI Q70 make a difference in your life?

Linda: The size is so small and light that in the two and a half weeks since my upgrade to Naída CI Q70, I often find myself reaching up to see if it is there. I know that intellectually it is there, but it’s so light, I forget it’s there.

Dan:  Absolutely wonderful. I have been  wearing it all day since day one. Before Naída CI Q70, usually I put my processors on before I went to work; now with Naída CI Q70, I put it on right after I wake up because it is so comfortable and light, and I have no problem wearing it all day. I am even wearing the larger battery they offer, and I do not have any issue wearing these since it is very light, too.


Do you use UltraZoom and ZoomControl, which are new features on Naída CI Q70?  How do they make a difference in the quality of your hearing?

Linda: I use UltraZoom frequently in crowded areas or restaurants. It truly helps by providing better clarity and comprehension of the person with whom I am speaking.

Dan: Yes, it’s pretty wild.  I can even hear in places where most people can’t hear. I really can focus on listening to people or objects I want to hear, and it comes out great. When I was talking in a noisy place, I thought I was speaking loud enough, but the listener asked me to raise my voice because they couldn’t hear me!


How do you find T-Mic and T-Mic 2 different?

Linda: The new T-Mic with the Naída CI Q70 is so flexible and light weight. It can be positioned where it is best for me due to the design.

Dan: One is cosmetic.  They can’t see it at more than ten feet away.  Second reason is comfort.  It is very light and easy to wear. But the best thing is that T-Mic 2 is very powerful and helps me to hear even better.


Are you using any wireless connectivity, a new feature on Naída CI Q70 that allows recipients to connect Naída CI Q70 to cellphones, television and other electronic devices wirelessly?  If yes, tell us which ones you are using and how they are benefiting you.

Linda: I am using the wireless connectivity on a daily basis. I utilize it for my cellphone while driving and for music.

Dan:  Yes, I use the ComPilot, and it is really easy and fun to use. I like to listen to music.  So, I just use Bluetooth to hook up to my cellphone  and PC and enjoy as much as I like. Nobody knows that I am listening to the music because it’s wireless! I also enjoy speaking on the phone.


Are you using the DuoPhone, a new feature on Naída CI Q70 that allows recipients to hear the phone from both ears?  If yes, share your experiences.

Linda: I am not using DuoPhone yet because I still wear Harmony in one ear.

Dan: Yes, it is like using a speaker phone because I am able to use both ears at once. The clarity and loudness is wonderful, it really helps me to understand the spoken words even more than ever. I am forever grateful for this technology.


Harmony had three program slots.  Naída CI Q70 has five program slots.  Do you find that having two additional program slots have been beneficial?

Linda: At this time, I have three programs and will work towards more with my next mapping.

Dan:  Yes.  I like to have choices.  I have programmed it for meetings (all voices), normal everyday use, music (wide spectrum), and use the processor mic itself as back up to T-Mic 2.


Do you notice any difference in the battery life?

Linda: Battery life is truly extended with the HiRes Optima processing. I am averaging 14-15 hours with the PowerCel 110 battery on the Naída CI Q70 and since, we added HiRes Optima to my Harmony processor to, the battery life has doubled on that processor too.

Dan: Yes, the biggest one lasts about two days, and it’s also very light. I also never had any problems wearing the largest battery at all. What I like is the choice of batteries – either use disposable or rechargeable batteries. Also the recharger uses a micro-USB jack so I don’t have to carry the power supply adapters when traveling.


Do you use the remote control, a new accessory that is part of the Naída CI Q70?  Why or why not?

Linda: I use the ComPilot as a remote control to the change programs and volume.

Dan: Not yet, I do plan to purchase a remote control soon. For now, I believe I have everything I need for today – and I think the remote control is wonderful for parents to check the child’s implant status and also for people that don’t have the dexterity to use the functionality to operate the Naída CI processor.  I have not yet set the ComPilot to work as a remote control.  I still use my fingers to set the program or volume.  It takes a while to find the right button by feeling and pressing.


Do you find that the Naída CI Q70 has better protection against water since it’s rated IP57?

Linda: I probably would worry less about my Naída CI Q70 in the rain if I were to get caught in a downpour.  What is more important to me is in the gym or at yoga where I would now not worry about perspiration or the heat and moisture at Hot Yoga.

Dan: I have not tested it, and I don’t think I will give a try!  I know it is rated to withstand 3 feet of water for 30 minutes, but who survive that long underwater?  I remember when I was a kid, I used to break my hearing aids from the sweat and falling into water and so, having a great waterproof device is a plus.  Also, dirt is still a problem too, but I clean it off once a week with alcohol wipes.


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May 27, 2014 at 11:11 pm

I love the my new Naída CI Q70. I am bilateral. The only problem is that the Naída CI keeps going out. Makes a crackling sound and then stops working. I am currently using my Harmony until the new processor arrives. This is the second time that this has happened and I have only had the Naída CI for four months. I never had this problem with the Harmony. When the Naída CI is working it is great.


June 6, 2014 at 12:07 pm

It’s really useful to me of the difference between Harmony and Naida especially how much more powerful it is for bilateral users like me. I especially liked the bit about the duophone that it will be like

Thanks so much for sharing the experiences as this gives me confidence and knowledge knowing that Naida is worthwhile to look forward to whilst waiting for the upgrade.


June 19, 2014 at 5:20 pm

I like the capabilities of the Naída CI Q70 processor but distain the lack of quality. I have had the processor replaced twice since it was activated on February 7, 2014. On June 13, 2014, it went out again. I store it in a “Dry & Store Global II”. It was working fine the night before when I took it off to go to bed. I put it in the Dry & Store. In the morning of the 13th it will not even activate. I tried another battery with the same results.

I am now back to wearing the Harmony which has never gone out in 5 years.

I hope they fix the bugs because I do like the capabilities of the Naída.


July 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Have you contacted AB to see if they can help/advise you? I find if I go directly to the source of the problem and they become aware of the problem the quicker it gets fixed.

Pauline Marks

September 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm

I too wear an AB Q70 (since March 2014) and it has failed today while I am on holiday in Greece, where it is around 28 degrees, but not particularly humid. It was working fine when I took it off, put it in the Drystore overnight, but will not activate today with any of my four fully charged batteries. This has really spoiled my holiday!