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Hearing Loss News Round-Up: Sept.-Oct. 2011

October 10th, 2011 by | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

There is never a dull moment in the world of hearing loss, and these past few months have been no exception.  Here are the latest news highlights from around the Web and around the world:

  • Cochlear™ announced a voluntary recall of its CI500 (N5) internal device.  The cause of the recall was shortly after announced to be due to moisture issues within the implant (not a hermeticity/sealing breach) EDIT 10/11/2011: it has been confirmed that the moisture is due to a hermeticity breech.  Surgery candidates currently slated to receive Nucleus devices have the option of receiving a Freedom internal device, which is compatible with the N5 external processor.
  • Advanced Bionics received FDA approval to reenter the US market after it was recalled in November 2010.  Their website also launched pictures of the Neptune™, a swimmable bodyworn processor that is awaiting FDA approval.
  • MED-EL introduced their new D-Coil, a slimmer headpiece coil that also improves battery life, as well as seven new processor colors.
  • A viral video about a young woman hearing her voice for the first time with an Esteem middle ear implant by Envoy has taken the Internet by storm and received recognition on several national television programs.
  • October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  What will you do this month to raise awareness that people with hearing loss (an other disabilities) can be productive, valuable employees?

Written by

Elizabeth Rosenzweig MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. She provides auditory verbal therapy, aural rehabilitation, IEP advocacy, consultation, and LSLS mentoring for clients around the world via teletherapy. You can learn more about Elizabeth's services on her Website or Facebook.

1 Comment

Thomas Green

November 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Hi Elizabeth,

Regarding the Cochlear implant recall how do you know it was a hermeticity breech ……….EDIT 10/11/2011: it has been confirmed that the moisture is due to a hermeticity breech……is this information the company provided? I’m curious as to how the hermetic seal was breeched ….I’d appreciate any further details if you have them available

Thank You