Iowa/Nucleus 10/10 mm and Nucleus Freedom Feasibility Study

2014-07-24 14:19:14 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether the Iowa/Nucleus 10/10 mm in one ear, in conjunction with a Nucleus Freedom implant in the other ear can provide useful binaural hearing in pediatric subjects who have bilateral severe to profound hearing loss and meet the criteria for cochlear implantation. The Iowa/Nucleus 10/10 mm cochlear implant has a short, 10 mm electrode array that it is inserted only into the more basal region of the cochlea. Unlike a conventional cochlear implant, the Iowa/Nucleus 10/10 mm is expected to preserve the regions of the cochlear partition that are apical to the electrode, thus leaving them available for possible future advances in the field of otolaryngology and hearing devices, such as mammalian hair cell regeneration techniques or improved implantable hearing devices. The Iowa/Nucleus 10/10 mm will be implanted in the contralateral ear from the Nucleus Freedom electrode array as a means of providing bilateral stimulation of auditory pathways while preserving the middle and apical regions of the scala media.

Study Design

Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Hearing Loss, Sensorineural


Iowa/Nucleus 10/10 mm and Freedom Cochlear Implantation


University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City
United States


Enrolling by invitation


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-24T14:19:14-0400

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