Research Studies

MED-EL is committed to adding to the scientific and clinical knowledge of the hearing healthcare community with the goal of using that information to influence the design and development of future technologies. This has been our philosophy since the inception of the Company and we’ve reinvested a significant portion of revenues into the research and development for more than 20 years. This commitment to technology has led to a variety of advancements that are now available in marketed products, such as the Fine Structure Processing coding strategy that is currently available in the SONNET and OPUS processors*.

New ideas and innovations in hearing implant technology are largely dependent upon research studies involving existing hearing implant users. Information related to projects that are currently open for enrollment is provided on this webpage. Candidacy and participation requirements vary depending upon the specific study project. Testing, for instance, may involve listening to speech in the presence of varying levels of noise, identifying musical instruments, or completing surveys related to your experience with your current hearing implant.

If you are a MED-EL hearing implant recipient and are interested in one of these research opportunities, please contact the affiliated research center for further details related to study participation.

* FSP is not indicated in pre-lingual children.

University of California – San Francisco

The University of California- San Francisco Department of Otolaryngology is currently seeking adult research participants who have been implanted with MED-EL cochlear implants for participation in two different studies.

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New York University

The New York University Electric Auditory Research Lab is currently seeking adult research participants who have been implanted with a MED-EL cochlear implant.

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University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina Written Language Laboratory is currently seeking research participants ages 3 – 4 years who have bilateral or unilateral cochlear implants.

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Medical University of South Carolina

Researchers in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina are currently seeking adult research participants who have bilateral or unilateral cochlear implants for participation in an online survey.

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Indiana University

The Indiana University Devault Otologic Research Laboratory is currently seeking research participants ages 3 to 25 who have bilateral or unilateral cochlear implants.

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