DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA — Hearing implant maker, MED-EL USA, announced last week that the company is participating in the international 2018-19 Ideas4Ears Children’s Invention Contest. Countries from around the world are participating in the competition which aims to raise public awareness of hearing loss and inspire young innovators.
Open to children aged 6-12 years old, the Ideas4Ears contest encourages the youngest generation of inventors to share ideas designed to improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss. Global winners will be awarded the prize of a trip to MED-EL headquarters in Innsbruck, Austria.
Participants are asked to showcase their invention through various media, such as artwork, drawings, videos, or sculptures. The contest is designed to challenge kids with their creative skills: a new invention, an improvement to something that already exists, or a clever idea that helps people with hearing loss and makes their lives easier.
Entries must be submitted to ideas4ears.org by January 17th, 2019, which is also Kid Inventors’ Day.
Contest Winners to be Announced in January, 2019
Winners will be announced on January 31st, 2019. The prize is a trip to MED-EL’s international headquarters in Innsbruck, Austria, where the winners will get a “behind the scenes” look at how hearing implants are made, meet with MED-EL inventors, and interact with other Ideas4Ears contest winners/child inventors from around the world.
“Children often have a completely different approach to things, bringing entirely new aspects to an idea” –Geoffrey Ball, MED-EL Chief Technical Officer and inventor of the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE
Aside from celebrating talented young inventors and their unique creativity, the Ideas4Ears contest aims to to increase understanding of the challenges that people with hearing loss face on a daily basis.