Cochlear implants have rightly been described as a miracle of modern medicine. These devices allow many of the previously deaf to be able to hear and has provided opportunity and opened doors for many. However, there have been cases where defective cochlear implants can cause damage to its owner, causing even more hearing loss.
The Various Models of Hearing Implants that Were Recalled
One of the most well known examples is the HiRes 90k Cochlear Implant, made by Advanced Bionics. Some of the older models included a part made by Astro Seal Incorporated that was vulnerable to water damage.
The HiRes 90k was recalled. According to the FDA, there were at least two cases that include:
“recipients experienced severe pain, overly loud sounds and/or shocking sensations at 8-10 days after initial activation of their device”
The Expensive Medical Costs Involved
Having to have the product removed or replaced can be an expensive and time consuming affair. Any damage can also cause severe pain and even further hearing loss.
Legal Help For the Pain that Binds You
If you or a loved one has been affected by this product or another defective cochlear implant, please call the experienced medical malpractice and product liability attorneys you find are most qualified after doing your research. You will be wanting a team of professionals to stand ready to assist in protecting your family’s health, especially hearing for the vulnerable.