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High-Resolution PET/CT Imaging May Help Predict Effectiveness of Cochlear Implant

RESTON, VIRGINIA — Novel, fully digital, high-resolution positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging of small brain stem nuclei can provide clinicians with valuable information concerning the auditory pathway in patients with hearing loss, according to a new study published in the March issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Using 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging, researchers found…

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Cochlear Announces Launch of $850M Equity Raising

Hearing implant maker, Cochlear, has announced today that the company will be undergoing capital raising efforts to ensure the company “remains strong during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.” The company looks to raise over $500M USD ($850M AUS). The company, which had reduced its profit forecast in early February due to the impact of the…

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Cochlear Receives FDA Approval to Lower Age of Cochlear Implantation to 9 months

CENTENNIAL, COLORADO — Cochlear Limited, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced that it has obtained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to lower the age of cochlear implantation from 12 months to 9 months for children with bilateral, profound sensorineural hearing loss.  This approval “ensures children born deaf have earlier access to a…

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CI2020 Conference Cancelled Due to COVID-19

MACLEAN, VIRGINIA — The American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACIA) announced this week that it has decided to cancel the planned CI2020 International Conference, which was to take place from March 18-21 in Orlando, Florida. “As members of the global community, we recognize the challenge this outbreak is placing on the medical community. Given the rapid…

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Researchers Explore Why Candidates for Cochlear Implants Rarely Get Them

Researchers from the Universities of Miami and Michigan surveyed U.S. audiologists from academic centers, hospitals and large cochlear implant centers, asking how they preoperatively assess adults for cochlear implant candidacy. Based on the 92 completed surveys analyzed for the study, the findings were “eye opening,” according to the paper’s lead author, Sandra Prentiss, Ph.D., CCC-A,…

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Advanced 3D Imaging of Ear Anatomy to Assist in Cochlear Implant Design and Placement

Using advanced techniques, researchers at the at the University of Saskatchewan have created three-dimensional images of the complex interior anatomy of the human ear, information that is key to improving the design and placement of cochlear implants. “With the images, we can now see the relationship between the cochlear implant electrode and the soft tissue,…

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HHTM Hearing News Round-up: Notable Stories This Week

Before you start your Christmas shopping or light those Hanukah candles, grab your favorite festive beverage, perhaps eggnog, and catch up on some assorted industry news.   Starkey Campaign and Lobbying Contributions Exceed Medical Device Giants   In what is described as a political battle against Bose, Medtech Dive reports on a $687,000 lobbying campaign…

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Telehealth Services Lead to Improved Empowerment for CI Recipients

Adult cochlear implant (CI) recipients are known to require several hours of “face time” with an audiologist following surgical intervention. In addition to mapping the CI, audiologists spend a considerable amount of time on CI orientation, review of CI accessories and other important counseling-related activities. Unquestionably, these are vital components of follow-up care that lead…

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In Survey, 78% of Cochlear Implant Surgeons Indicate they are Conducting Implantation Outside of Current FDA Labeling

A recently published study suggests that US physicians are performing cochlear implantation for a number of conditions that are considered “off-label” of the current FDA labeling indications for implantation. The existing FDA indications for cochlear implantation, as pointed out in an article on the study in ENT Today, date back nearly two decades and cover…

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