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This is the official audio podcast of MED-EL. This podcast is designed as a learning tool and is a convenient way for professionals to update themselves on the new developments in hearing solutions. Join our channel and be the first to hear what we are up to.

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This is the official audio podcast of MED-EL. This podcast is designed as a learning tool and is a convenient way for professionals to update themselves on the new developments in hearing solutions. Join our channel and be the first to hear what we are up to.

    What Does 360 Degrees of Reliability and Safety Mean?

    What Does 360 Degrees of Reliability and Safety Mean?

    Since reliability is an important topic for hearing implant recipients and surgeons, MED-EL publishes reliability reports regularly. But there is more to reliability than high cumulative survival rates. Manfred Pieber and Marcus Schmidt discuss the aspects of design and technology that contribute to implant and audio processor safety and reliability, including structure preservation and independent safety capacitors.
    Weblinks:
    Reliable Cochlear Implants by Design from MED-EL (medel.com)
    Cochlear Implant Safety and Reliability (medel.pro)
     

    • 11 min
    What Makes a Hearing Implant System Reliable?

    What Makes a Hearing Implant System Reliable?

    Hearing implant reliability starts with the design process. Dominik Hammerer and Bernhard Jamnig talk to Manfred Pieber about new device development and steps in the manufacturing process that contribute to reliability, including feasibility, hermeticity, impact, environmental, and vibration testing that ensure all requirements are met. Results from thorough investigations of explanted devices are also considered when designing new implants. 
    Weblinks:
    Cochlear Implant Safety and Reliability (medel.pro)
    Bone Conduction Implant Safety and Reliability (medel.pro)

    • 31 min
    Hearing Implant Reliability Reporting

    Hearing Implant Reliability Reporting

    Comparing manufacturer reliability data can be difficult. Surgeon and researcher Sumit Agrawal and MED-EL reliability expert Manfred Pieber share their professional insights into this topic with Marcus Schmidt. Clinical studies on reliability can also provide valuable insights into implant manufacturers.
    Weblinks:
    Refer to pages 4-14 and 32 after downloading the report from: Reliable Hearing by Design: MED-EL Cochlear Implants
    Reliable Hearing by Design: MED-EL’s BONEBRIDGE
    Literature Links:
    Cochlear implant failures and reimplantation: A 30-year analysis and literature review (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31112331/)

    Evaluating Reasons for Revision Surgery and Device Failure Rates in Patients Who Underwent Cochlear Implantation Surgery (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32134441/)
    The reliability of hearing implants: report on the type and incidence of cochlear implant failures (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32156201/)
    The French Cochlear Implant Registry (EPIIC): Cochlear implantation complications (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32861600/)
    The French National Cochlear Implant Registry (EPIIC): Cochlear explantation and reimplantation (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32826202/)

    • 22 min
    How Does Electrode Design Increase the Safety of a Cochlear Implant?

    How Does Electrode Design Increase the Safety of a Cochlear Implant?

    Prof. Dr. med. Sebastian Schmerber and Dr. Anandhan Dhanasingh talk to Manfred Pieber about how the design features of MED-EL’s flexible, free-fitting, straight FLEX series electrode arrays contribute to implant safety and reliability by reducing the occurrence of common problems such as tip fold-over, scalar deviation, and migration and also preserve intracochlear structures.  
    Weblinks:
    Cochlear Implant Safety and Reliability (medel.pro)
    Electrode Arrays | MED-EL Pro (medel.pro)
    FLEX Series: Most Atraumatic Cochlear Implant Electrode Arrays - MED-EL Professionals Blog (medel.pro)
    Download the full Reliability Report at: Reliable Cochlear Implants by Design from MED-EL (medel.com)
    Literature Links:
    An overview of cochlear implant electrode array designs (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29102129/)
    Review on cochlear implant electrode array tip fold-over and scalar deviation (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31467506/)
    Scalar localization by cone-beam computed tomography of cochlear implant carriers: a comparative study between straight and periomodiolar precurved electrode arrays (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25575374/)
    Correlation Between Cochlear Length, Insertion Angle, and Tonotopic Mismatch for MED-EL FLEX28 Electrode Arrays (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34538852/)
    Suitable Electrode Choice for Robotic-Assisted Cochlear Implant Surgery: A Systematic Literature Review of Manual Electrode Insertion Adverse Events (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35402479/)

    • 31 min
    Pediatric Cochlear Implant Safety and Reliability

    Pediatric Cochlear Implant Safety and Reliability

    Speech and language therapist Pedro Brás da Silva and Joanna Shepherd talk to Manfred Pieber about the aspects of reliability that are especially important for children with cochlear implants. Receiving quality sound all day is crucial to children’s learning and development, so having a reliable audio processor and implant is therefore essential.
    Weblinks:
    Factors Affecting Communication Outcomes in Pediatric Cochlear Implantation - MED-EL Professionals Blog (medel.pro)
    Is BONEBRIDGE a Good Hearing Solution for Children? - MED-EL Professionals Blog (medel.pro)

    • 35 min
    Reliability and Safety of Bone Conduction Hearing Implants

    Reliability and Safety of Bone Conduction Hearing Implants

    BONEBRIDGE is different from other bone conduction devices. Prof. Georg Sprinzl, Christine Mühlöcker, and Marcus Schmidt discuss how design differences allow BONEBRIDGE to provide outstanding safety and reliability to users, along with what makes it an ideal choice for pediatric patients. The BCI 602 implant has a robust transducer, a low profile, and is transcutaneous for intact skin. It has two-point fixation and is embedded in the bone for stability, and is MR-conditional at 1.5 Tesla.*

    * The BONEBRIDGE bone conduction implant is MR conditional. Recipients with BONEBRIDGE may be safely MRI scanned at 1.5 Tesla following the conditions detailed in the instructions for use.
    Weblinks:
    Is BONEBRIDGE a Good Hearing Solution for Children? - MED-EL Professionals Blog (medel.pro)
    Bone Conduction Implant Safety and Reliability (medel.pro)
    Safety outcomes of bone conduction and middle ear implants: a systematic review
    Reliable Hearing by Design: MED-EL’s BONEBRIDGE
    MRI & Hearing Implants: Reducing Image Artifacts With the BONEBRIDGE Bone Conduction Implant - MED-EL Professionals Blog (medel.pro)

    • 19 min

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