Cochlear implants were developed in the 1970’s to help individuals with severe to profound hearing loss who gain little or no benefit from hearing aids. Patients wear a small speech processor behind the ear that picks up sound from the environment and transmits it to an internal component using specialized radio-frequency transmission.
MED-EL Corporation, an implantable hearing technology firm, introduced the PULSARCI100, which offers some of the most highly advanced cochlear implant technology available in the United States. This new implant is the first to incorporate I100 technology, a highly durable and power-efficient electronics platform with wafer-thin layers of sophisticated electronics arranged on a single miniaturized chip.
The PULSARCI100 has also been proven safe and compatible for use with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at a field strength of 0.2-Tesla. Other cochlear implant devices require a surgical procedure to remove the implant’s internal magnet before an MRI scan can be performed. MRI with MED-EL Cochlear Implants does not require any additional surgery.
“We have been waiting for the opportunity to offer this device to our patients because of the new, advanced electronic design and the chance to provide patients with the absolute latest in cochlear implant technology,” says Dr. Pillsbury of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Read more about this new implant at MED-EL Corporation’s web site…