Location: United Stated
iotaMotion is making cochlear implants a treatment option for people with moderate hearing loss. Their precision implantation technology will reduce the chance of permanent natural hearing loss after insertion.
Out of the 18 million people in the US with disabling hearing loss, only 1.2 million have severe hearing loss that can be served with cochlear or inner ear implants. However, recent advancements in technology have made cochlear implants a treatment option for the 6.3 million Americans with moderate hearing loss.
iotaMotion is making cochlear implants a treatment option for more patients with its technology suite. They’ve made advancements in insertion technology to provide a higher likelihood of a positive outcome. Studies have shown that between 15% and 50% of patients may experience loss of their natural hearing after cochlear implant insertion. Differences in surgical technique, i.e. the speed and force of insertion have been identified in research as potential causes. It is these variables that iotaMotion is correcting with their iotaSOFT system, which is a robotic system that helps to improve the precision of the procedure.
iotaMotion’s implantable robotic-assisted control system, iotaPROGRESS, is under development to allow repositioning after implantation. It will allow exact implantation for a decreased chance of permanent natural hearing loss. Advancements in cochlear implant technology will make the treatment option a possibility for a wider range of people, and with fewer risks of permanent side effects.