Information for schools

Do you want to do something educational and unique with your school class? Then ideas4ears is the contest for you and your class!

MED-EL, leading provider and inventor of hearing implants, calls for children around the world to join a creative contest. The ideas4ears contest invites children aged 6-12 to showcase their ideas that help people with hearing loss.

Whether it's an improvement to an existing product or a completely new idea for people with hearing loss, any invention is welcome. Children can present the ideas in a variety of ways, from drawings to short videos to sculptures. Just let your student’s imagination run wild!

Learn new things and have fun!  Who knows, maybe one of your students will go on to become a real inventor!


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enter the contest with my school class?

Whether you are currently teaching in the classroom or are teaching online while children are homeschooling, ideas4ears is there for you!

The school class can learn, explore and discuss about the hearing loss topic together. Then, students should develop their invention idea as individuals and complete the online entry form to submit their idea.

If you need more resources to support your learning objectives about hearing or would like to contact the ideas4ears team for further questions please send us an email via

What’s the prize?

Each child and school class will receive acknowledgement and a participation certificate. The winning children will get more fabulous prizes to further encourage their learning such as notebooks, tablets and special prize packs!

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 ideas4ears 2019

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.

All the latest news and developments about ideas4ears can be found on the ideas4ears Facebook page. Make sure you follow us here to be kept up to date and become a part of the ideas4ears community!