Ingeborg J. Hochmair-Desoyer



Ingeborg J. Hochmair-Desoyer was born in 1953 in Austria and is an electrical engineer who helped create the first micro-electronic multi-channel cochlear implant in the world with her husband Prof. Erwin Hochmair.

She studied at the Technical University of Vienna in electrical engineering, graduating in 1971, and got a PhD in 1979. She worked as an Assistant Professor there as well as a Visiting Professor at Stanford University's Institute for Electronics in Medicine. She moved to Innsbruck in 1986 and taught at the Institute of Applied Physics Electronics at the University of Innsbruck untill 1990.

Beginning in 1975 she and her husband started development of their cochlear implant, developing the first microelectronic multi-channel cochlear implant. The first device was implanted in 1977 and 1980 the understanding of words and sentences was possible. They started a company in 1990 and Ingeborg serves as the CEO and CTO of MED-EL.

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