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Information on how to enter and details of the competition will be provided on the competition entry form. By entering the competition, the participants accept the terms below.

Entry is open to children aged between 6-12 years old.

Children under the age of 13 cannot legally give consent and must obtain consent from parent or guardian on the entry form.

Children of employees (and their immediate families) of MED-EL and agencies associated with this competition are ineligible to enter.

Entries must be submitted between 9th November 2020 and 17th January 2021. Entries close at midnight on the final day.

You may only submit one entry, and it must be from an individual. Class and group submissions will be rejected.

All entries submitted for the competition must be original work personally created by you.

MED-EL in its sole discretion, will select finalists based on originality, creativity, practicality, imagination, and innovation.

The judging criteria is based on an original invention that can improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss.

Finalists from each participating country will be judged by a panel of MED-EL judges to decide the winners.

Winners will be awarded special prize pack, which will include age appropriate technology such as a laptop or tablet. Prizes cannot be transferred, exchanged for cash, credit or service.

If you are selected as a winner, you must provide your address for shipment of prize.

Winners will be notified by phone and/or email. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours of being notified, MED-EL reserves the right to determine a new winner.

Winners will be published on or after Sunday 31st January 2021 via a global media release.

Entries and ideas submitted in the competition, whether winning or not, become the exclusive property of MED-EL and will not be acknowledged or returned. These can also be used for marketing and publicity for MED-EL.

Photographs of the finalists and their work may be posted on the ideas4ears website or used in future promotional and publicity purposes without compensation, restriction on use or attribution.

Those who enter agree to participate in publicity events and promotions with the media, and in online and offline formats.

Each entrant agrees that, his or her submission in its entirety or any portion thereof, including name, participating country and photo may be published by MED-EL.

By entering the competition participants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and that the decision of MED-EL is final and binding in all matters relating to this competition, unless governed by law.

All submissions are deemed received at the time of receipt by MED-EL and not at time of transmission. MED-EL records are conclusive as to the time of receipt. Late, lost, stolen, misdirected, illegal, incomplete, illegible, damaged, reproduced, or altered submissions are invalid. MED-EL is not responsible for such submissions nor for any error, technical malfunction, loss, omission, communications delay, or failure.

MED-EL reserves the right to vary these terms and suspend, terminate, or cancel the competition at any time without prior notice, in the event that a stated prize cannot be provided, MED-EL will offer a like for like prize of equivalent value.

MED-EL accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage, injury or disappointment suffered by any participant resulting from entering the competition and/or by the acceptance of any of the prizes.

Children have the same rights as adults over their personal data. These include the rights to access their personal data; request rectification; object to processing and have their personal data erased.

Please contact for any queries.