Sonova Hearing Aid Implants Recalled

November 29, 2010 – Sonova Holding has notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of its intent to recall the HiRes 90K cochlear-implant device, The Wall Street Journal reports.  The Sonova hearing aids are malfunctioning because of technical difficulties. The recall was initiated after the company received reports of 2 patients who suffered from intense pain and extremely loud sounds a short time after the hearing-aid implants were activated.  Since the original launch of the HiRes 90K devices about 5 years ago, approximately 28,000 of the devices have been installed. This includes about 1,000 patients in the last 2 weeks alone. The company declined to give an estimate as to how many of the implants may have similar malfunctions. Some analysts say that fewer than 100 patients will be affected but this cannot be verified.  This recall may prompt the recalls of other Sonova Advanced Bionics products, as well.  Any recipient of a HiRes 90K cochlear-implant device who suffers pain or other symptoms because of the implant is advised to contact Sonova. Sonova has promised to sponsor the removal of any defective devices.  If you have been injured because of the use of a defective medical device or product, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. It would be in your best interest to contact an experienced product liability lawyer immediately.

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