When Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair started developing a cochlear implant that would allow users to understand speech, they were told it would never work. Here, Erwin describes how, through ingenuity, belief and dogged determination, they proved the critics wrong.
1990 – what a year! Apartheid is crumbling, along with the remnants of the Berlin Wall. The Hubble telescope reaches outer space and scientists Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair form a company to help deaf people hear again. Bettina Benesch meets MED-EL’s first three employees