Survey of cochlear implant user satisfaction with the Neptune™ waterproof sound processor

  • Jeroen J. Briaire Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, Netherlands.
  • Indian Research Group Indian Research Group, Bangalore, India.
  • Andreas Büchner Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Hannover, Germany.
  • Gennaro Auletta University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy.
  • Helena Arroyo Hospital Niño Jesús, Madrid, Spain.
  • Carmen Zoilo Hospital Son Espases, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
  • Patrizia Mancini University La Sapienza of Rome, Rome, Italy.
  • Roberta Buhagiar University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service, Southampton, United Kingdom.
  • Neelam Vaid Big ears KEM Hospital, Pune, India.
  • Nathalie Mathias | Advanced Bionics, Bron, France.


A multi-center self-assessment survey was conducted to evaluate patient satisfaction with the Advanced Bionics Neptune™ waterproof sound processor used with the AquaMic™ totally submersible microphone. Subjective satisfaction with the different Neptune™ wearing options, comfort, ease of use, sound quality and use of the processor in a range of active and water related situations were assessed for 23 adults and 73 children, using an online and paper based questionnaire. Upgraded subjects compared their previous processor to the Neptune™. The Neptune™ was most popular for use in general sports and in the pool. Subjects were satisfied with the sound quality of the sound processor outside and under water and following submersion. Seventyeight percent of subjects rated waterproofness as being very useful and 83% of the newly implanted subjects selected waterproofness as one of the reasons why they chose the Neptune™ processor. Providing a waterproof sound processor is considered by cochlear implant recipients to be useful and important and is a factor in their processor choice. Subjects reported that they were satisfied with the Neptune™ sound quality, ease of use and different wearing options.



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Sound processor, Neptune™, waterproof, AquaMic™, cochlear implant.
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Briaire, J. J., Research Group, I., Büchner, A., Auletta, G., Arroyo, H., Zoilo, C., Mancini, P., Buhagiar, R., Vaid, N., & Mathias, N. (2016). Survey of cochlear implant user satisfaction with the Neptune™ waterproof sound processor. Audiology Research, 6(1).

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