MIT news is reporting that they are actively working on a new form of cochlear implant that eliminates the need for an external speech processor. From our understanding, the main issue that was holding back the development of an “all-internal” speech processor was battery life. There simply is no current battery that is powerful enough to last without a charge at that size. However, this breakthrough method uses the natural microphone of the middle ear – eliminating the need for an electrically powered microphone, which reduces greatly the need for battery power. Read more in the article below. If this is successful, it presents a great milestone in the development of technology for the hearing impaired.
Cochlear implants — with no exterior hardware – MIT News Office