DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA – MED-EL USA announced today that it is once again celebrating World Inventors Day with the launch of the 2021-22 Ideas4Ears Competition. Entries are due by midnight ET on Monday, January 17, 2022, which is also international Kid Inventors Day.
The contest invites children ages 6-12 years old from countries around the world, including the United States, to create an invention to improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss. Entries can be sent via a video, drawing, or sculpture. The most important factor is for young people to think big and channel their ideas to support people who live with hearing loss.
The inspiration behind Ideas4Ears is Geoffrey Ball, Chief Technical Officer at MED-EL and head judge of the competition. Ball became deaf as a toddler and went on to invent a revolutionary middle ear implant to treat his own hearing loss.
As an accomplished inventor, with more than 100 patent filings to his name and multiple medical device products developed, Ball has used his life experiences as a source of encouragement to the young Ideas4Ears inventors, many of whom are users of hearing implants themselves.
“To all the children out there who have hearing loss and want to find a better solution for themselves, I say never give up inventing, believe in yourself, keep trying, and go for your dreams!”
–Geoffrey Ball, Chief Technical Officer at MED-EL
Individual country finalists and grand prize winners of this year’s Ideas4Ears contest will be in the running to receive a new computer or electronic tablet, as well as other fun and educational materials.
The ideas4ears contest celebrates children’s creativity and aims to improve understanding of the challenges associated with hearing loss and deafness as well as the benefits of treatment. Parents of children interested in participating should visit www.ideas4ears.org/enter to submit their child’s entry. Terms and conditions can be found at www.ideas4ears.org/terms.
MED-EL Medical Electronics, a leader in implantable hearing solutions, is driven by a mission to overcome hearing loss as a barrier to communication. The Austrian-based, privately owned business was co-founded by industry pioneers Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair, whose groundbreaking research led to the development of the world’s first micro-electronic multi-channel cochlear implant (CI), which was successfully implanted in 1977 and was the basis for what is known as the modern CI today. This laid the foundation for the successful growth of the company in 1990, when they hired their first employees. To date, MED-EL has grown to more than 2,200 employees from around 75 nations and has 30 locations worldwide. The company offers the widest range of implantable and non-implantable solutions to treat all types of hearing loss, enabling people in 124 countries to enjoy the gift of hearing with the help of a MED-EL device. MED-EL’s hearing solutions include cochlear implant systems, a combined Electric Acoustic Stimulation hearing implant system, as well as surgical and non-surgical bone conduction devices. More than 95% of the hearing implants are exported and used by more than 4,000 clinics around the world. www.medel.com