Bionic ear device gets official thumbs-ups


    Seems like we’re so close to getting devices that can really help people who have serious hearing issues. The latest one of those is the Harmony HiResolution Bionic Ear System, from Boston Scientific. It’s a cochlear implant that combines with a behind-the-ear device that approximates natural hearing through a system of spectral bands.

    America’s FDA, Europe’s CE, and Health Canada have all given their stamp of approval for this device, the real functionality of which is the HiRes Fidelity 120 BET external sound processor. The whole mix of devices combines into an auditory system that improves hearing in a variety of ways, including listening to music, using the phone, and even distinguishing between sounds in noisy environments.

    The tests done by Boston Scientific weren’t 100 percent successful. The success rate was about 80 percent, though, which is rather remarkable and higher than other devices in recent memory.

    Expect to see it early next year.