A Fully Implantable Device Is Poised to Change the World of Hearing Loss — But Is it Worth the Risks That are Associated With the Required Surgery?

August 29, 2007

Hearing aids help millions of people, but many resist them because they think wearing one carries a social stigma. Hearing aids also have serious lifestyle limitations: the hearing impaired can’t wear them while showering or swimming, and most models are hard to wear while sleeping. Now, a new kind of hearing aid that aims to overcome these problems is in clinical trials. It’s invisible and waterproof because all of its circuitry — including its battery and microphone — is in the user’s head.
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