Children’s Invention Competition for People with Hearing Loss

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MED-EL announces a global competition for kids age 6-11. Aspiring inventors and artists are invited to create a piece of artwork showcasing their invention to improve the quality of life of people living with hearing loss.

One U.S. winner will be awarded $1000 deposit into a college savings plan of their choice, and an entry into an international competition for a grand prize of a trip for the winner and an adult chaperone to MED-EL’s global headquarters in Innsbruck, Austria.

MED-EL SONNET Rechargeable Battery Announcement

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As reported earlier on cochlear implant HELP, MED-EL announces FDA approval of rechargeable batteries for the SONNET processor, and also approval of the Mini Battery Pack for SONNET.

The rechargeable batteries will be available in a standard size with up to 10 hours of listening, or micro size, battery life not reported. The rechargeable batteries are compatible with WaterWear.

The Mini Battery Pack will house a single AAA battery in an off-ear configuration, with up to 37 hours of battery life.

MED-EL WaterWear for OPUS 2 and SONNET Coming Soon

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MED-EL announced that WaterWear covers for the OPUS 2 and SONNET processors will be available late summer 2016 in the United States. Note that Zinc-Air batteries do not work in an airtight environment, so most likely 675 LR44 button cells will need to be used in conjunction with WaterWear.

In related news, MED-EL also received FDA approval for a rechargeable battery for the SONNET processor, which may work in conjunction with the WaterWear, making 675 LR44 batteries unnecessary. Also, a Mini Battery Pack and Cable have been approved for the SONNET, which may be an off-ear power solution unrelated to WaterWear.

Spotify Playlist for Cochlear Implant Users

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May 9, 2016 – (DURHAM, NC) – In celebration of May’s Better Hearing and Speech month, hearing implant leader MED-EL announced the launch of their first-ever Spotify playlist designed specifically for cochlear implant users. Spotify is a desktop and mobile streaming music service that offers free and paid subscriptions. Cochlear implant (CI) users are invited to follow MED-EL on Spotify and share the MED-EL Music for Cochlear Implant playlist with friends and family.

Full press release

Video Series on Latest Cochlear Implant Research

MED-EL announces the launch of ‘Inside Story’, a series of broadcast-quality videos with leading researchers about their areas of interest such as music, older adult, pediatric, hearing preservation, etc. ‘Inside Story’ will premier at CI2016, the 14th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Technologies,. The conference will be held on May 11-14, 2016.

The videos will be posted on YouTube and Facebook.

Read the press release from MED-EL for more information.