Children invited to create invention to change world of hearing loss

A worldwide search for inventions of the future has been launched through a global children’s contest.

The contest invites children aged 6-12 years old from around the UK to create an invention to improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss. Entries can be sent via a video, drawing, or sculpture, but the most important factor is for young people to think big and channel their ideas to support those who cannot hear.

The global competition has been launched by MED-EL, a leading provider and inventor of hearing implant systems to celebrate children’s creativity.

Due to the COVID-19 situation worldwide, the ideas4ears contest this year is focusing on children who have recently returned to school but are social distancing from people outside of their household and the parents who are supporting them. The contest is a great opportunity to participate in a fun and educational activity the whole family can do together while we’re all at home.

The brains behind the ideas4ears contest and the Head Judge of the inventions is Geoffrey Ball. Geoffrey became deaf as a toddler and then went on to invent a revolutionary middle ear implant to treat his own hearing loss.

“Often the challenging times in life spur on the greatest creativity and innovations. The pandemic has shown how important communication is to function in everyday life. It is even more critical during times such as these to support people with hearing loss and help those who may have trouble keeping connected in their communities.”

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As of today, Geoffrey is an inventor with over 100 patents to his name and now he is sharing his knowledge to give back to the younger generation. He aims to inspire children all around the world to believe in themselves and use their experiences with deafness to help other youngsters just like them.

“Children should see their deafness as their superpower! Being deaf as a kid gives you many powers; the ability to have empathy for others, to become adaptable, and to find creative solutions to everyday problems when you live in an environment that is not set up for those with hearing loss. The challenge is officially on! I’m especially looking forward to seeing the ingenuity of the inventors this year,” said Geoffrey Ball, Chief Technical Officer at MED-EL and inventor of the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE middle ear implant.

The contest aims to improve understanding of the challenges associated with hearing loss and deafness as well as the benefits of treatment. Parents interested should visit www.ideas4ears.org/enter to submit their child’s entry. The closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday 17 January 2021.

One of this year’s ideas4ears winners, Freya Jane Chipperfield from Manchester is a 9-year-old girl who has been deaf since birth and was implanted age two. Using her own experiences of losing her processor when playing, she created the idea of a home tracker called ‘No More Lost Ears’ to help other implant users.

Upon winning, Freya said, “I can’t believe I actually won! It’s so cool! I can’t wait to go to Med-el and talk to all the clever people there. I’m hoping I can see how they make everyone’s cochlear implants and showing the designers my new sonnets too!”

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The finalists and grand prize winners of ideas4ears will be in the running to win educational resources to support their learning while home-schooling. There’s a chance to win notebooks, tablets, and special prize packs.

All ideas are welcome, from the crazy to the conventional; the only criteria are the inventions need to have the potential to help improve the lives of people with hearing loss at any age.