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According to a recent press release by Swiss company CAScination AG, they have entered a new collaboration with Austrian company MED-EL to design “a minimally-invasive and robot-assisted method for implantation of cochlear implants.” This system will have the ability to drill a hole in the patient’s skull with a diameter as miniscule as that of a human hair. Not only will this new method save time, but it will reduce damage to cochlear tissue and abate pain for the patient.

“The minimally invasive robotic surgical method, in combination with MED-EL’s atraumatic electrode arrays, will make a further technological contribution to the preservation of residual hearing and an intact cochlea because today’s implanted children will most likely, throughout their life, have to undergo various therapies,” expects Dr. Ingeborg Hochmair, CEO MED-EL.

As reported by CAScination, there have already been several years of study leading up to this exciting new development conducted by the Department of Otolaryngology at the University Hospital of Bern in Switzerland by Prof. Dr. med. Marco Caversaccio. Additionally, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Weber from the ARTORG Center at the University of Bern took part in these studies.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that as many as 360 million people worldwide suffer from a hearing disability.

About CAScination
CAScination develops, manufactures and markets surgical navigation systems for new application areas beyond the current state of the art. The current product portfolio includes solutions for open liver surgery, interventional radiology and minimally-invasive surgery.

About MED-EL
MED-EL GmbH develops and manufactures cutting-edge hearing implant solutions and other medical devices. Since its founding more than 20 years ago, the company has continually expanded and now sells its products in over 100 countries with more than 30 offices worldwide. As a part of its dedication to overcoming hearing loss as a barrier to communication, MED-EL invests heavily in R&D and the development of its employees.

Sources
http://www.medgadget.com/2015/06/cooperation-development-gentle-surgical-technique-cochlear-implantation.html
http://www.cascination.com/robotic-cochlear-implantation-by-med-el-and-cascination/
www.medel.com
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs300/en/

For Further Information
More on the markets for cochlear implants in the Europe can be found in the report published by iData entitled European Markets for Hearing Devices, which covers 35+ European market segments within the hearing device industry including: standard hearing aids, cochlear implants and hearing aid batteries.

The iData series on the market for hearing devices covers the U.S., and 15 countries in Europe. Full reports also provide a comprehensive analysis including units sold, procedure numbers, market value, forecasts, as well as detailed competitive market shares and analysis of major players’ success strategies in each market and segment.

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