May 24, 2022 – (Innsbruck, Austria): Hearing implant users and experts from around the world are coming together to show that musical appreciation and enjoyment is possible with hearing devices. To do this MED-EL has organised the world’s biggest music festival that the hearing implant community has ever seen. The Sound Sensation Music Festival will showcase the talents of internationally renowned artists, implant users with a passion for music and song, as well as presenting the latest in scientific data and rehabilitation practices for music, hearing loss and hearing implants.
Thanks to continuous advances in implant and processor technology, an increasing number of cochlear implant users and recipients of bone conduction and middle ear systems have been able to reconnect to past musical passions, learn new instruments, or simply enjoy listening to others. Sound Sensation’s will be their stage.
Sound Sensation – the festival to celebrate music with hearing implants
The Sound Sensation Music Festival will be broadcast globally online from 6-8 October, featuring a comprehensive program for everybody, from hearing experts to the general public.
For hearing implant professionals, a Sound Sensation ExpertsONLINE Music Special will be broadcast covering technical topics, fitting and clinical care, as well as music rehabilitation and its benefits for users.
Viewers interested in listening to music and musical rehab can experience:
• Interactive workshops for parents, implant users and rehabilitation specialists,
• Short daily concerts featuring musical performances from countries across the world,
• A “Best Of” event showcasing a wide variety of MED-EL users’ musical activities.
Sound Sensation will culminate in the Grand Finale, broadcast from Vienna, where MED-EL users perform together with acclaimed professional musicians. The Grand Finale will see another world premiere: Virtual Voices and Band, the world’s largest virtual music performance of hearing implant users.
Virtual Voices and Band
The Virtual Voices and Band project is inviting hearing implant users of all types, countries, abilities, and brands to unite by recording a vocal or instrumental performance of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. MED-EL will collate all individual submissions to create one huge global band.
By organizing the Sound Sensations event, MED-EL wants to share just some of the many success stories and demonstrate the joy of music experienced by MED-EL hearing implant users around the world.
The latest Sound Sensation event news is available via the MED-EL Facebook channel at
Sound Sensation – MED-EL’s Global Music Festival
6-8 October 2022
MED-EL Medical Electronics, a leader in implantable hearing solutions, is driven by a mission to overcome hearing loss as a barrier to communication. The Austrian-based, privately owned business was co-founded by industry pioneers Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair, whose ground-breaking research led to the development of the world’s first micro-electronic multi-channel cochlear implant (CI), which was successfully implanted in 1977 and was the basis for what is known as the modern CI today. This laid the foundation for the successful growth of the company in 1990, when they hired their first employees. To date, MED-EL has grown to more than 2,300 employees from around 80 nations and 30 locations worldwide.
The company offers the widest range of implantable and non-implantable solutions to treat all types of hearing loss, enabling people in 134 countries enjoy the gift of hearing with the help of a MED-EL device. MED-EL’s hearing solutions include cochlear and middle ear implant systems, a combined Electric Acoustic Stimulation hearing implant system, auditory brainstem implants as well as surgical and non-surgical bone conduction devices. www.medel.com
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