06308101 is referenced by 286 patents and cites 18 patents.

A fully implantable cochlear implant system (

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) and method includes an implantable cochlear stimulator (ICS) unit (

212

) that is connected to an implantable speech processor (ISP) unit (

210

). Both the ISP unit and the ICS unit reside in separate, hermetically-sealed, cases. The ICS unit has a coil (

220

) permanently connected thereto through which magnetic or inductive coupling may occur with a similar coil located externally during recharging, programming, or externally-controlled modes of operation. The ICS unit further has a cochlear electrode array (

114

) permanently connected thereto via a first multi-conductor cable (

116

). The ICS unit 212 also has a second multi-conductor cable (

222

) attached thereto, which second cable contains no more than five conductors. The second cable is detachably connected to the ISP unit via a connector (

224

) located on the case of the ISP unit. The ISP unit includes an implantable subcutaneous microphone (

218

) as an integral part thereof, and further includes ISP circuitry (

214

) and a replenishable power source (

216

), e.g., a rechargeable battery.

Title
Fully implantable cochlear implant system
Application Number
9/404966
Publication Number
6308101 (B1)
Application Date
September 24, 1999
Publication Date
October 23, 2001
Inventor
John C Gord
Venice
CA, 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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