Our solutions standardize implant insertion and expand access
to cochlear interventions for surgeons and patients alike.
Hearing loss progresses over time, yet current cochlear implant electrodes cannot. 5% of the global population have moderate to profound hearing loss (>40 db). Hearing loss has significant impact on children and adults’ physical and mental health and overall quality of life. While the cochlear implant has traditionally been used to treat patients with severe-profound hearing loss, very recent advances in hearing preservation technologies have made the cochlear implant a treatment option for people with only partial hearing loss.
Unfortunately, clinical trials have found that more than 50% of these recipients experience continued hearing decline after surgery. The current cochlear implant electrodes cannot accommodate for this decline and the patient must either undergo a second surgery or live with limited hearing. The cochlear implant needs to be customizable and adjustable to this change and fitted to preserve residual hearing.
Current manual techniques for implanting cochlear implant electrodes may lead to unnecessary trauma to the delicate structures in the patient’s cochlea. This has led to several technologies currently under development to provide mechanical and robotic assistance to the surgeon during this procedure. The aim is to reduce trauma resulting from implantation by robotically-actuating the movements. iotaMotion’s approach is elegant in its simplicity, obviating the need for large external machines to achieve very slow, controlled, insertion speeds.