Journal article

Initial clinical experience with a totally implantable cochlear implant research device

Robert JS Briggs, Helmut C Eder, Peter M Seligman, Robert SC Cowan, Kerrie L Plant, James Dalton, David K Money, James F Patrick

OTOLOGY & NEUROTOLOGY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and issues associated with a research totally implantable cochlear implant (TIKI). STUDY DESIGN: Limited patient trial. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Three adult human subjects with severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss. INTERVENTIONS: Subjects were implanted with a research TIKI developed by Cochlear Limited and the Co-operative Research Centre for Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Innovation. The TIKI has a lithium ion rechargeable battery, a package-mounted internal microphone, and sound-processing electronics that enable the use of "invisible hearing" without the use of an external device. The TIKI also functions with an exte..

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