Thursday, September 03, 2009

'Thinnest cochlear implant ever'

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A company says it has produced the world's thinnest cochlear implant to improve hearing.

The Cochlear Nucleus 5 System is 3.9mm thick and 40% slimmer than previous implants and is easier to fit, according to the makers, Cochlear.

Gerard O'Donoghue, professor of otology and neurotology at the University of Nottingham and cochlear implant surgeon, said: "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."