The voluntary recall of the Nucleus CI500 implants, which Cochlear says are the slimmest titanium hearing implants available, will affect sales in about 75 countries, including the U.S. and Australia. The company said it identified an increase in the number of Nucleus CI512 implants failing.
"Reliability is very important," Mr. Roberts, a company spokesman, told analysts on a conference call. "If there's some things happening that we don't understand, we're far, far better to stop and understand it...rather than just battle ahead and hope it all works out."
However, despite their assurances, the Cochlear Nucleus implants are continuing to fail at a high rate. These failures are hard on patients in many ways, including physically, emotionally and financially.
The National Institutes of Health in the U.S. puts the total cost including device, surgery and follow-up care of an implant at $60,000, but a company spokesman said the cost varies from country to country depending on health subsidy and private health insurance systems. He declined to say how much it cost Cochlear to make an implant. Mr. Roberts said there are about 25,000 registered users of the CI500 range and the company isn't recalling those products that have already been implanted. Cochlear said less than 1% of CI512 implants have failed since they were launched in 2009.
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