FULLY IMPLANTABLE STIMULATION SYSTEM WITH EXTERNAL OPERABLE SHUT-DOWN SAFETY SWITCH
Publication Date: 2004-Aug-26
The IP.com Prior Art Database
A “reed switch” is added as a safety component to the implanted circuitry within a fully implantable ICS system. The “reed switch” does not affect the power consumption requirements of the device. The “reed switch”, in conjunction with a magnet that is placed outside of the patient’s head, provides a safety switch which allows the patient to quickly turn off the ICS during times when the patient is experiencing loud stimulation. When the magnet is moved away from the “reed switch”, the contacts within the housing of the switch move to their original opened position, thereby preventing further stimulation.