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Survey Finds “Voices of Family Members” as the Number One Sound Americans Would Miss If They Lost Their Hearing

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA — An international survey commissioned by auditory implant maker, MED EL, revealed the voices of family members or partners (67%) was the sound Americans would miss the most if they could no longer hear. Conversations with friends and loved ones (81%) was the highest mentioned everyday situation that would be affected by…

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First BONEBRIDGE Hearing Implant System Successfully Implanted in US

MED-EL USA announced this week that the country’s first BONEBRIDGE™ Hearing Implant System surgery was completed at Texas Children’s Hospital. According to the company’s announcement, the surgery was performed by Otolaryngologist Yi-Chun Carol Liu, MD, on an 18-year old, and the device was successfully activated on November 13, 2018. Cleared by the U.S. Food and…

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Chinese Cochlear Implant Maker, Nurotron Biotechnology, Expands into Europe

HANGZHOU, CHINA — Chinese cochlear implant maker, Nurotron Biotechnology, announced last month that it has expanded into the European market, with the recent implantation of a Spanish man and a Polish woman. The company now has a presence in 9 countries throughout Asia, Latin America and now, Europe. Following implantation surgery at the Medical University…

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Institute of Medicine panel seeks ways to make hearing care more accessible and affordable

By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC—As part of an ambitious, two-year study to identify ways to make hearing health care (HHC) for adults more accessible and affordable, a 13-member ad hoc committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will hold a daylong open session on Monday, April 27. IOM, the health arm of the National…

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New MED-EL cochlear implant can be used with MRI, FDA finds

    DURHAM, NC–One drawback of wearing a cochlear implant (CI) is that it creates complications for CI wearers who need to undergo an MRI  (magnetic resonance imaging).  Doing an MRI scan of the head with the CI in place can prevent an accurate scan from being produced.  Worse yet, scanning any part of the body with…

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Five inventors of the cochlear implant to be awarded Russ Prize in engineering

WASHINGTON, DC–Five scientists whose contributions led to the invention of the cochlear implant, which has provided hearing to hundreds of thousands of deaf people, will receive the 2015 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, awarded biennially by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The honorees–Graeme M. Clark, MD, PhD; Michael M. Merzenich, PhD; Erwin Hochmair,…

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