Implant hearing aid that can produce its own energy

Start Date and End Date

01 July 2016
30 June 2021

Turkish Partner(s)

Middle East Technical University


Prof. Dr. Haluk KÜLAH


2 Million Euros


ERC Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

The title of the project FLAMENCO stands for "A Fully-Implantable MEMS-Based Autonomous Cochlear Implant". With the method developed in the FLAMENCO project a brand new page will be opened in the cochlear implant technology. Besides electronics engineering and medicine, researchers from mechanical engineering and biology fields will also participate in this project. The proposed device is the first fully implantable self-powered cochlear implant, mimicking the natural hearing, and it eliminates the major drawbacks of conventional implants. The implant will contain a next-generation ultra low-power interface electronics.  Moreover, the system level integration of the implant will be beyond the current state-of-the-ar

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

FLAMENCO introduces a fully implantable, autonomous, and low-power cochlear implant. The implant will establish an important progress for the hearing-impaired people.

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Eight researchers are renumerated with this ERC Grant in Turkey.