Winners announced!

Winners announced!

So today is the day! We are finally announcing the winners of our ideas4ears contest! We’d like to say a big thanks to everyone for participating, it has be fantastic to receive your creative and imaginative invention ideas.

Overall 341 children worldwide participated from 19 different countries and from these entries the top 9 invention ideas were chosen. And now we’d like to congratulate the winners who have won a trip to Innsbruck, Austria!

  • Betty Seabrook, 8 years old from Lymm, United Kingdom
  • Eden Birdsey, 6 years old from Kwazulunatal South Africa
  • Fernando Linares Tavárez, 8 years old from Valladolid, Spain
  • Hleb Aucharou, 7 years old from Minsk, Belarus
  • Jaylin Macerinskas, 8 years old from Colorado USA
  • Leon Dean, 9 years old from Padbury, Western Australia
  • Mahesh Saravanan, 10 years old from Chennai, India
  • Sophie Reichle and Eva-Maria Rehdes, 8 years old from Andechs, Germany (joint entry)
  • Trinidad Medina Riquelme, 6 years old from Temuco, Chile

For those of you who sent in an entry but were not one of the lucky winners chosen, we thank you for your efforts and we will be sending out participation certificates to you soon. Again, a big congratulations to all of the young inventors, and especially to our winners!

The contest challenged children aged between 6-12 years old from across the world to create an invention to improve the quality of life for people living with hearing loss.

Whilst celebrating children’s creativity, ideas4ears aimed to engage parents to participate in an interactive activity with their children to improve the whole family’s understanding of the challenges associated with hearing loss and deafness as well as the benefits of treatment.

As an inventor myself, you are never too young to start inventing! The ideas from the children showed not only their vivid imagination, but a real concern for the practical and daily life aspects people with hearing loss and deafness often face,” said Geoffrey Ball, inventor of the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE. “I look forward to meeting the young inventors this June at MED-EL Headquarters in Innsbruck, Austria.”


Competition entries came in the form of video presentations, detailed drawings, colourful paintings and even real-life prototypes, all aiming to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. Invention ideas included a special bed where people sleep overnight to get a laser treatment to restore the hair cells in the cochlea, an all in one submersible implant system and even a voice translating device for travelling that converts other people’s speech into the desired language.

During the trip to MED-EL’s Headquarters, the winners will have the opportunity to meet other young inventors from around the globe and get to know the engineers and scientists behind MED-EL’s many life-changing inventions.

During and leading up to the winners´ trip, the children along with their guardian will be capturing and sharing their journey on social media using the hashtag #ideas4ears and being featured on the ideas4ears Facebook page.

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