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MED-EL Announces FDA Approval for RONDO 3 Audio Processor

MED-EL USA announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the new slim and lightweight RONDO 3 Audio Processor for the company’s SYNCHRONY Cochlear Implant System. MED-EL anticipates that RONDO 3 will be available later this year. According to the company’s announcement, MED-EL recipients can swap out an unopened RONDO 2…

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Study Finds Improved Cochlear Implant Device Allows Safe MRI in Children without Discomfort

A new study from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago found that children with a MED-EL Synchrony cochlear implant device can undergo MRI safely, with no discomfort and reduced need for sedation or anesthesia. Findings were recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Laryngoscope.   Cochlear Implants and MRI Safety   Cochlear implants…

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MED-EL USA Announces Launch of Second Generation Bone Conduction Implant BONEBRIDGE BCI 602

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA – MED-EL USA announced the launch of the BCI 602, the second generation implant for the company’s BONEBRIDGE Bone Conduction Implant System at OSSEO2019: the 7th International Congress on Bone Conduction Hearing and Related Technologies in Miami Beach, Fla. BCI 602 availability is expected in January 2020. According to the company’s press release,…

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MED-EL USA Announces Launch of 3rd Annual Ideas4Ears Children’s Invention Contest

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA – Hearing implant maker MED-EL USA announced today that the company is participating in the 3rd annual international Ideas4Ears Children’s Invention Contest. The competition invites children from the United States to create an invention to improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss. The contest celebrates children’s creativity and aims…

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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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