Magnetic implants fitted for hearing loss patients
2 April 2014 Last updated at 23:36 BST
Hospitals in the Midlands are amongst some of the first in the country to fit new magnetic implants to help patients with hearing loss.
Traditional cochlear implants mean people have a titanium screw protruding from their heads.
But new technology is changing that, as BBC Midlands Today's Joan Cummins reports.