Innsbruck, where ideas become reality

Innsbruck, where ideas become reality

The Ideas for Ears winners will all be travelling to MED-EL in Innsbruck Austria from all around the world. The business founded by DI Dr. Ingeborg and Prof. Erwin Hochmair is one of the pioneers of the industry. The world’s first micro-electronic multi-channel cochlear implant developed by the two scientists was first implanted in a patient as early as 1977.

During this trip to MED-EL’s Innsbruck headquarters, the winners will have the opportunity to discover how MED-EL’s life-changing devices are produced and the cutting-edge research being undertaken by the company. They will explore the science of hearing loss through a tour of the company’s science centre and meet with MED-EL’s many inventors to learn about the stages of bringing an idea to fruition.

“It is wonderful to see the wide range of entries and enthusiasm shown by the children who entered the Ideas for Ears competition,” said Patrick D`Haese, Corporate Director of Awareness and Public Affairs.

“In addition to nurturing the bright minds of young inventors, through the Ideas for Ears competition we aim to educate and raise awareness about hearing loss and hearing loss solutions. Well done to all the participants! We are looking forward to welcoming the winners to MED-EL headquarters next year.”

Children play at Audioversum – MED-EL’s Science Center


The interactive museum in Innsbruck for all ages
AUDIOVERSUM is an interactive museum in Innsbruck all about the fascinating worlds of listening and wondering. As a ScienceCenter it fascinates visitors from across Austria and beyond with its combination of medicine, technology, education and art. Multimedia installations developed in cooperation with the renowned Ars Electronica Center Linz invite guests to have a go themselves and learn more about our senses

During the Innsbruck winner’s trip, the children along with their guardian will be capturing and sharing their journey on social media using the hashtag #ideas4ears.

Learn more about the global children inventor’s and their inventions here!

Are you interested in participating in the 2019 competition? Then send us an message to get involved!