Recipients of various models of cochlear ear implants, also referred to as “bionic ears,” have reported painful side effects from the devices, especially those manufactured by Advance Bionics.
What Are Cochlear Ear Implants?
Unlike traditional hearing aids, which electronically amplify sounds for those who cannot hear well, cochlear ear implants provide functional hearing for people who are either hard of hearing or totally deaf. The technology used stimulates the cochlea, which is the organ that translates sounds made against the ear drum into electrical signals that the auditory nerve sends to the brain for processing. Cochlear ear implants have steadily improved since they were first developed in the 1950s, when scientists began experimenting with sending electrical signals directly into people’s auditory nerves. Now the devices are small and can be implanted just beneath the skin.
Cochlear Ear Implants Might Cause Painful Side Effects
Not all cochlear ear implants work properly, and some might malfunction due to either manufacturing defects or defective designs. On three occasions, manufacturers have recalled their products because defective safety seals failed to prevent moisture from damaging the devices and short-circuiting them. Symptoms of cochlear ear implant malfunction include:
- severe pain
- electric shocks
- painfully loud noises
In 2013, an 11-year-old plaintiff won a $7.25 million jury award in a lawsuit against Advance Bionics, which had manufactured the HiRes 90k cochlear ear implant that had shocked her so violently that she fell to the ground. There are 40 similar lawsuits pending against Advance Bionics.
RLG’s Lawyers Will Make Things Easier
The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group believe that obtaining legal satisfaction from those who harmed you shouldn’t require more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file a cochlear ear implant lawsuit on your behalf if necessary.
If you or a loved one received a cochlear ear implant and believe it caused an injury, contact RLG today.