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What Caused the N5 Cochlear Implant to Fail?

The N5 cochlear implant, issued by Cochlear Ltd., was the world’s thinnest cochlear implant and helped deaf and hard of hearing patients regain a sense of sound. However, in September 2011, the company initiated a product recall of the device after several patients experienced problems.

Learn what caused the N5 cochlear implant to fail and what you can do if you are one of the affected patients.

The N5 Cochlear Implant Recall

Cochlear Ltd. initiated a recall of the N5 cochlear implant due to a manufacturing defect that caused tiny microcracks to appear in the device’s braze joints. These cracks allowed moisture into the device, which increased the possibility of short-circuiting and the device shutting down.

In this situation, a patient would have to undergo an “Integrity Test Report” performed by an on-call audiologist to confirm the device was malfunctioning. If confirmed, the device would have to be replaced with a functioning one.

Cochlear Ltd. has approached some patients with a promise of minimal compensation. However, such minimal compensation may not cover the expenses you have incurred for the replacement device and procedure.

Received a Defective Cochlear Implant? Contact Us Today

If you have received a defective cochlear implant, our Los Angeles product liability attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve from the manufacturer and any other liable parties. During the course of our investigation of these Cochlear N5 claims, we have discovered that numerous recipients of these failed devices have experienced both vestibular issues as well as painful shocking sensations as the device fails. Our attorneys have a strong track record of success in product liability claims and we can help get you back on your feet after this frustrating experience.

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