MED-EL founders, Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair, recently received the prestigious 2023 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal for their outstanding contributions to communication and engineering.

The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organisation advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Since 1976 the prestigious Alexander Graham Bell Medal has been awarded to just 58 visionaries whose exceptional contributions have made a lasting impact on communications, networking sciences and engineering.

Not only are Ingeborg and Erwin the first Austrians to receive the IEEE Medal but also the first recipients ever to be acknowledged for the development of a medical device, specifically “for the research, development, and realization of multi-channel microelectronic cochlear implants”.

“By pairing engineering expertise with medical knowledge, Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair have restored the gift of hearing to hundreds of thousands worldwide, fundamentally improving their lives. Their 2023 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal is a well-deserved honor,” said IEEE Awards Board chair, Dr. Nim K. Cheung.

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