WHAT IS A MIDDLE EAR IMPLANT?

Middle ear implant is an implantable hearing solution which consists of an internal implant and an external audio processor. The externally worn audio processor has a microphone which detects sounds and sends them to the internal implant. Further, the sound signals are converted into mechanical vibrations by the internal implant. These vibrations are then carried forward from the middle ear to the inner ear enabling the user to hear.

WHO IS A SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR MIDDLE EAR IMPLANT?

Individuals with 5 years and older conductive, mixed or sensorineural hearing loss are suitable candidates for middle ear implant. Children who were born with ear malformations, children/adults who lost their hearing due to recurrent ear infections as well as individuals with sensorineural hearing loss may benefit from a middle ear implant.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A MIDDLE EAR IMPLANT?

  • Better audibility leading to better understanding of speech, even in background noise.

  • Natural quality of sound.

  • No occlusion effect and no feedback issues.

  • Users enjoy an active social life with reduced auditory fatigue and improved quality of life.

  • Communicating on the telephone and watching television is easier.

  • Music appreciation is better because middle ear implant enables users to enjoy a wide range of sounds.

MIDDLE EAR IMPLANT FAQs

 

Who is a candidate for middle ear implant?

Individuals with conductive, mixed or sensorineural hearing loss who do not benefit from hearing aids or cannot use them due to medical reasons such as ear malformations/infections, etc may be candidates for middle ear implant.

 

How is a middle ear implant different from a hearing aid?

Hearing aids work on the principle of acoustic amplification. Middle ear implant, on the other hand, provide a signal to the inner ear by directly vibrating the middle ear structures, bypassing the external ear.

 

What is the suitable age for middle ear implantation?

Individuals aged 5 years and above are suitable for middle ear implantation.