The latest news reports from Australia confirm that Cochlear™ has voluntarily recalled its CI500 internal implant (the internal component to the N5 system). No details on what caused the recall or how long it is expected to last. Stay tuned to Cochlear Implant Online for updates as the story unfolds.
UPDATE 9/11/2011 8:15PM CST: Some are reporting that patients scheduled to receive Cochlear™ CI500 implants during the recall period may receive Nucleus Freedom internal devices (the previous implant generation), which are fully compatible with the N5 processor (which has not been recalled). Consult your CI surgery center for details.
UPDATE 9/11/2011 8:20PM CST: Confirmed –Cochlear™’s Nucleus® Freedom internal implants will remain on the market and continue to be available for those awaiting implantation with Cochlear™ Nucleus® implants. See Cochlear press release below.
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