Do you love inventing and creating? Get involved with MED-EL’s worldwide search for hearing inventions!

Ears are extraordinary things. They pick up sound waves and translate them in a flash for the brain to understand – a process we simply call hearing. But some people are born without the ability to hear, while others lose it after an illness, or simply by getting older. And this can make it very hard for children to keep up at school, while for adults it can cause problems at work, and can make them feel lonely and frustrated.

The good news is that there have been many incredible inventions that help people hear again – or for the first time – and make their lives so much better. There’ll be more inventions in the future – and that’s exactly where this competition comes in. We know kids come up with amazing ideas so if you’re aged 6-11 and have a brilliant idea bouncing around in that brain of yours – we want to hear all about it!

Ready, steady, invent

Every idea is welcome. It could be a new invention, an improvement to something that already exists or a clever idea that helps people with hearing loss. The important thing is how it can help people with hearing loss or make their lives easier.

Need some inspiration?

It could be something to help a grandparent who’s hard of hearing – something that helps them find a new hobby or pick up an old one that hearing loss might have stopped them doing like singing, listening to music or just chatting to friends. No idea is too little or too big.

Win a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to win a trip to Austria!

One U.S. winner will be awarded $1,000 scholarship to the college savings plan of their choice, and gain entry into a global competition for the grand prize.

The grand prize winner will fly to Innsbruck, Austria, for an innovation tour of MED-EL’s research and development facility and have the opportunity to meet with MED-EL’s many inventors, including the company’s own co-founders Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair.

Be inspired – and inspiring!

The judging panel (of our own MED-EL inventors) will be looking for demonstration of originality, creativity, practicality, imagination and innovation. Your invention can help people with hearing loss of any age.

To enter, just download the entry form and submit with your picture, illustration, drawing or video of your invention/idea. Good luck!


Competition materials
Everything you need to take part.

Did you know?
Some hard-of-hearing facts to know and share

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