Cochlear launches breakthrough hearing implant
28 August 2009
Cochlear is launching a new hearing system that gives profoundly deaf
people a more advanced hearing performance, with what it claims is the
world’s thinnest cochlear implant.
People with impaired hearing want to lead an active life, to
communicate in groups without being distracted by background noise and
talk comfortably on the telephone. Parents of deaf children want them to
develop spoken language and to access the curriculum in the classroom.
The Cochlear implant
The Cochlear Nucleus 5 System sets a new standard in the field of
cochlear implant technology. Measuring only 3.9mm thick and 40% slimmer
than previous generation Cochlear implants, it is much less obtrusive to
wear, easier to use and less complex for surgeons to implant.
Professor Gerard O'Donoghue, Professor of Otology and Neurotology at
the University of Nottingham and Queen's Medical Centre NHS Trust in
Nottingham and cochlear implant surgeon, commented: “The launch of the
Cochlear Nucleus 5 System represents a quantum leap forward in hearing
implant technology. The new slim design makes for minimally invasive
surgery techniques and reduces operating time, which is highly
advantageous when implanting infants and young children.
"Many young children are now receiving implants simultaneously in
each ear, so that reducing operating time has never been more important.
The new design also means that the implanted electronics can barely be
seen beneath the skin, which is cosmetically very pleasing.”
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