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.

Indiana University
DeVault Otologic Research Laboratory

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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New York University

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

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University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina Written Language Laboratory is currently seeking research participants in grades 3-6 who have bilateral or unilateral cochlear implants and use spoken language in the classroom.

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Vanderbilt University
Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences

The Cochlear Implant Laboratory at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center is currently seeking adult research participants who have either:

  1. a cochlear implant with acoustic hearing in the non­‐implanted ear
  2. a cochlear implant with acoustic hearing in both ears
  3. or bilateral cochlear implants.

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