Prestigious Global Engineering Medals Awarded to Cochlear Implant Inventors Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair (of MED EL)
May 05, 2023 – (Innsbruck, Austria): Austrian cochlear implant pioneers, Dr. Ingeborg Hochmair and Prof. Erwin Hochmair have been granted the 2023 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal for their outstanding contribution to communication and engineering.
The Hochmairs each received the prestigious IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal for the research and development of cochlear implants – a medical device that helps people living with hearing loss to hear again. Their ground-breaking research resulted in the creation of the world’s first microelectronic multichannel cochlear implant, which was successfully implanted in December 1977. Since then, their work has continued to change the lives of people around the world.