RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- MED-EL Corporation, a
North American implantable hearing technology firm, announced today that it
has received approval to distribute a revolutionary cochlear implant system -
the PULSARCI100 into the Canadian market. This new system is the first to
incorporate the patented I100 technology, a highly durable and power-efficient
electronics platform with wafer-thin layers of sophisticated electronics
arranged on a single miniaturized chip.
"The PULSARCI100 implant offers a number of potential advantages when
compared to other available devices," says Dr. Lorne Parnes of the London
Health Sciences Center in London, Ontario. "Its thinner and longer electrode
design allows for a less traumatic and deeper insertion, which translates into
more potential for some natural hearing preservation and more precise
stimulation of lower, important speech frequencies." Last month, Dr. Parnes
became the first to implant a Pulsar device in Canada.
One of Pulsar's most attractive and key features is that it is safe and
compatible for use with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at field strengths of
0.2, 1.0 and 1.5 Tesla. Other cochlear implant devices require a minor
surgical procedure to remove some parts of the device before an MRI can be
"We are always looking for ways to improve the understanding of speech in
difficult listening environments and appreciation of music by our cochlear
implant users," says Kim Jackson, Interim CEO of MED-EL Corporation.
"Improving our patients' quality of life is our foremost concern. We are
proud to be serving the deaf community in Canada."
Cochlear implants were developed in the 1970's to help severe to
profoundly deaf individuals who gain little or no benefit from hearing aids.
Patients wear a small speech processor behind the ear that picks up sound from
the environment and transmits it to an internal component using specialized
About MED-EL Corporation
Since its founders developed one of the world's first cochlear implants in
1975, MED-EL has set new standards in hearing implant technologies, developing
and manufacturing technologically advanced hearing solutions for people with
varying degrees of hearing loss. MED-EL hearing implant systems, currently
used in 70 countries, combines the latest scientific advancements and
pioneering engineering and manufacturing techniques for performance, safety
and reliability. For more information, see http://www.medel.com or call (888)
CONTACT: Kelly Wahl