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What Are the Signs of a Failed Cochlear Implant?

Cochlear implants are medical devices that allow the hard of hearing and deaf to regain some sense of sound.

While these devices have helped many patients recapture something they had lost, they have also experienced numerous malfunctions, failures, and recalls.

Below, our Los Angeles product liability attorneys discuss the common signs of a failed cochlear implant.

Is My Cochlear Implant Defective?

According to the National Institutes of Health, 128 of the 847 cochlear devices implanted from 1988 to 2008 had to be explanted. Of these explants, 72% were Advanced Bionic devices and 28% were Cochlear Nucleus devices.

The overall failure rate for these devices was 15%.

The common symptoms that patients with these defective devices experienced included the following:

  • Infections near the device site

  • Wound separation

  • Sudden device malfunction

  • Slow decline in device function

  • Tinnitus, or a ringing in the ears

  • Ear discomfort

Experiencing These Symptoms? Contact Us Today

If you have received a cochlear implant and you’re now experiencing the aforementioned symptoms, it may be a sign that your device needs to be replaced.

If you have experienced harm from a failed cochlear implant, our Los Angeles product liability attorneys are here to help. We have helped countless victims of product defects and we have the resources and experience needed to protect your rights, too.


Contact Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation today at (866) 884-1717 to schedule a free consultation with our team.

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