Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Advanced Bionics Recall puts CI on hold
We got some bad news today. Advance Bionics had to recall their HiRes 90K Cochlear Implant. This is the implant that Carver has. They have had 2 out of 28,000 devices confirmed where the device caused pain, overly load sounds, and/or sudden shock sensation in the implanted ear. They have 9 other cases pending. The solution is to remove the Cochlear Implant. The issue presents itself within the first 90 days of device use. Carver's current device is working fine, so no reason exists to remove it. However, this means we can't get another Advanced Bionics implant until the investigation is complete. There is no ETA at this time. We have the choice to go with another manufacture like Cochlear, however we are very happy with our current device and don't want to mess with the complication of trying to get 2 completely different devices to work together. In addition, I don't want the added baggage related to packing 2 completely separate battery packs and chargers. We have enough stuff to pack already. One setback after the next - this totally stinks!