Is your child inspired to make the world to a better place? Then ideas4ears is the contest for you!

ideas4ears is a great opportunity for parents and their children

I'm really glad that I was able to, in a way be able to help the world get a little bit closer to being able to cure hearing loss and make the world a better place.Parker Welsh, ideas4ears invention contest winner

You know Parker loves science and this has just been a perfect thing for him to be able to expand his curiosity.” said Mark Welsh, Parker's father.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enter the contest with my child?

Please find further instructions and enter your child’s entry online here:

If would like to contact the ideas4ears team for further questions, please send us an email via

What´s the prize?

The main prize will be a trip to Innsbruck, Austria for the winning child and one guardian. Secondary prizes consist of fabulous goods and mouth-watering treats. However, every entering child will receive acknowledgement.

What can children invent?

All ideas are welcome! For more inspiration learn more about the past winning invention ideas here.

Who´s behind ideas4ears?

MED-EL Medical Electronics, a leader in implantable hearing solutions, is driven by a mission to overcome hearing loss as a barrier to communication. The Austrian-based, privately owned business was co-founded by industry pioneers Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair, whose ground-breaking research led to the development of the world’s first micro-electronic multi-channel cochlear implant (CI), which was successfully implanted in 1977 and was the basis for what is known as the modern CI today. This laid the foundation for the successful growth of the company in 1990, when they hired their first employees. To date, MED-EL has grown to more than 2,200 employees from around 75 nations and has 30 locations worldwide.

Impressions from the past years

Ideas4ears is a yearly contest that since the first competition in 2017, has had over 757 entries submitted by children from 38 different countries worldwide.

With its global approach, the contest serves as a platform for educating children worldwide about hearing loss and its consequences.

Innovation – the basis for cochlear implant progress

Innovation is essential when exploring ways to improve the lives of those with hearing loss and the ideas4ears competition has raised awareness of the benefits of hearing technology.

Whilst celebrating children’s creativity, ideas4ears aimed to engage parents to participate in an interactive activity with their children to improve the whole family’s understanding of the challenges associated with hearing loss and deafness as well as the benefits of treatment.

If you are worried about the hearing loss of a family member or for your own hearing loss, contact to receive a free information package on hearing and the solutions available.

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