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The present invention provides a fully implantable cochlear implant system (FICIS) that allows various configurations of different modules to be combined so as to meet the needs of a particular patient, including very young patients. At least three main modules are used in the FICIS, including (1) a small implantable cochlear stimulator (ICS) module, with permanently attached cochlear electrode array; (2) an implantable speech processor (ISP) module, with integrated microphone and rechargeable battery; and (3) an external module. In one embodiment, the external module may comprise an external speech processor (ESP) module. In another embodiment, the external module may comprise an external battery charger (EBC) module. The ICS and ISP modules are configured to facilitate long time reliable use of the ICS module, e.g., for the lifetime of the patient, and low-risk, relatively easy replacement of the ISP module.

Title
Fully implantable cochlear implant system
Application Number
9/407826
Publication Number
6272382 (B1)
Application Date
September 28, 1999
Publication Date
August 7, 2001
Inventor
Alfred E Mann
Hollywood
CA, US
Thomas H R Lenarz
Hannover
US
Janusz A Kuzma
Englewood
CO, US
Michael A Faltys
Northridge
CA, US
Agent
Bryant R Gold
US
Assignee
Advanced Bionics Corporation
CA, US
IPC
A61N 1/36
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