Case report: Cochlear implant magnet migration

Laryngoscope. 2004 Nov;114(11):2009-11. doi: 10.1097/01.mlg.0000147937.44508.5a.


A 13-month-old cochlear implant recipient underwent routine device activation. Three months postoperatively, the patient sustained a fall with contact to the area of the implant without immediate complication. Ten months postoperatively, the position of the external coil appeared to have moved and the patient did not seem to be responding as well to sound. Audiological testing could not elicit normal device impedances. AP and lateral plain radiographs of the skull revealed migration of the internal magnet from its position within the internal coil to a position over the receiver/stimulator. This is the first known published case of cochlear implant magnet migration.

MeSH terms

  • Cochlear Implants*
  • Foreign-Body Migration*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Prosthesis Failure