Leading hearing implant manufacturer MED-EL sets another revolutionary milestone in its long-standing history of technological innovations. On 24 September, the first person in Europe received a novel totally implantable cochlear implant (TICI). It was implanted by Prof. Dr. Philippe Lefebvre, head of the ENT Department of the CHU of Liège and Professor at the University of Liège in Belgium within a feasibility study. The TICI is expected to give users great hearing with even more comfort. However, it will take several years before it receives market approval.
Step in the right direction but I thought the article was lacking in specifics. Such as how long did operation take, what supplies power, if battery how long does battery power last, and lastly what were the over all hearing results. Maybe too early in process to answer the last question. In any case when I read several more years before approval, that usually means five plus. Hopefully Europe’s/Med-EL push into implantable CI will push forward new CI technology in American companies? Competition is always good. And first to market will get the lions share of business.