Cochlear implant sound processor with permanently integrated replenishable power source

  • US 8,155,746 B2
  • Filed: 03/01/2008
  • Issued: 04/10/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/11/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A cochlear implant system, comprising:

  • an implantable cochlear stimulator;

    an external sound processor including a closed case, a sound processor circuit, a rechargeable power source permanently and integrally housed within the closed case, and at least one electrical contact electrically connected to the rechargeable power source and embedded within or carried on an exterior surface of the closed case such that the at least one electrical contact is exposed outside the closed case; and

    a coil operably connected to the sound processor circuit.

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