Friday, August 28, 2009

Cochlear launches breakthrough hearing implant

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Cochlear launches breakthrough hearing implant


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 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. Not only does it offer an even higher level of performance than ever before, its slim design makes for minimally invasive surgery techniques. This means surgery times and post-operative recovery times can be significantly reduced — both important factors from the surgeon’s point of view, particularly when treating infants and young children.”