Cochlear's history of innovation in hearing implants
Good science, industry leadership and a lifetime of commitment. Explore the timeline of Cochlear's history of innovation.
1982 First multi-channel cochlear implant
Featuring the first titanium casing technology with 22 electrodes for the best possible hearing performance.
1986 First Nucleus cochlear implant (CI22M)
Developed with smaller receiver-stimulator device.
1997 Nucleus 24 implant CI24M
Providing two extra electrodes and is the world’s first implant with a removable magnet for MRI safety.
1998 Nucleus 24 Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI)
First generation implant with Auditory Brainstem electrode. World's first FDA approved implant with 21 electrodes for patients with NF2 (Neurofibromatosis).
1999 Nucleus 24 Double Array implant
First generation implant with double array electrode. World's first FDA approved implant with 22 electrodes for patients with ossified cochleae.
2000 Nucleus CI24R with Contour™ electrode
Is the first self-curling, perimodiolar electrode that positions the electrode's contacts closer to the hearing nerve. Cochlear was honoured with the 2001 Medical Design Excellence Awards in New York City for the Nucleus CI24R with Contour™ electrode design.
2000 Nucleus CI24R with Straight electrode
Is the same design as the Nucleus CI24R with Contour electrode but with a straight electrode for use in abnormal anatomies.
2002 Nucleus CI24R with Contour Advance® electrode
Includes the Softip designed to protect delicate structures of the cochlea and simplify surgery with the Advance Off-Stylet® (AOS) technique.
2005 Nucleus CI24RE Series implants with Contour Advance or Straight electrodes
Introduction of the next generation microelectronics platform and with 50% greater impact resistance than the previous generation, CI24R.
2008 Hybrid L24 implant
Specifically designed for patients with high frequency hearing loss. The Hybrid implant provides electrical stimulation in the high frequency section of the hearing zone to provide access to sounds which are vital for understanding speech in noise.
2009 Nucleus 5 implant (CI512)
Is the world’s thinnest cochlear implant, measuring just 3.9mm deep. In fact, it is 40% thinner, and 2½ times more impact resistant than the CI24RE receiver/ stimulator. Winner of the prestigious red dot award: product design 2010.
2010 Baha 3 implant (BI300)
First bone conduction implant to utilise an advanced surface technology (TiOblast), which can reduce the time it takes for the implant to bond with bone. This allows the recipient to access sound sooner.
2011 Nucleus CI422 Implant (Slim Straight electrode on the CI24RE receiver/ stimulator)
The next generation straight electrode is introduced for conventional cochlear implant patients as well as those with residual hearing. The design of Slim Straight sets a new industry benchmark in this category.