IDEASforEARS is a yearly contest powered by MED-EL. The first competition took place in 2017 and since then we have received more than 1000 entries from more than 40 countries worldwide. Every year we welcome families from all over the world and show them around our MED-EL world. The IDEASforEARS event has always been a blast for everyone involved: the winners, their families, and the MED-EL team.

With your contribution to the IDEASforEARS contest,

– you can help us raise awareness about hearing loss,

– you and your parents can meet other families with similar stories,

– you can build friendships with other young inventors from all over the worldwide,

– you can learn about hearing and share your knowledge,

– you can be creative,

– you can become an honorary member of the MED-EL family!

Stories so far

Check out some ideas we have received

Do you want to win a trip to Innsbruck? 

If you convince our IDEASforEARS jury with your brilliant idea, you and one parent will be invited to travel to MED-EL headquarters in Innsbruck, Austria. There you’ll meet other winners from around the globe and have lots of fun. The prize includes the following for you and your parent:

  • Travel & visa expenses to travel direct from your home country to Innsbruck and back
  • Two nights including breakfast at a hotel in Innsbruck
  • Two exciting days at MED-EL Headquarters and the AUDIOVERSUM science center together with the other winning kids, delicious lunch on both days, and traditional Austrian dinner on the first evening.

You can really look forward to having a once-in-a-lifetime experience, making friends from all over the world, and meeting other MED-EL inventors just like you.


Insights from MED-EL experts

Geoff shares his top five tips for inventors

Our IDEASforEARS chief judge Geoff shares his top five tips for all young inventors.

Product Manager Jen on the ideas so far

Our Head of Product Management Jen tells us which of the inventors' ideas have already been put into practice within MED-EL.

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