A review of device failure in more than 23 years of clinical experience of a cochlear implant program with more than 3,400 implantees.

@article{Battmer2009ARO,
  title={A review of device failure in more than 23 years of clinical experience of a cochlear implant program with more than 3,400 implantees.},
  author={Rolf-D Battmer and Birgit Linz and Thomas Lenarz},
  journal={Otology & neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology},
  year={2009},
  volume={30 4},
  pages={455-63}
}
BACKGROUND During the last 25 years, the cochlear implant (CI), an active implantable assistive hearing device designed to provide electrical stimulation to the inner ear of the profoundly hearing-impaired individual, has been provided to more than 150,000 recipients worldwide. More recently, implants have been placed in young children as young as 6 months old. With the expectation of lifelong implant use, as with all active implantable medical devices, CI device failure is an inherent risk… CONTINUE READING
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