The SOUNDBRIDGE, a unique middle ear implant system, has opened a world of new hearing possibilities for individuals who have not experienced an improvement with conventional hearing aids or cannot use them for medical reasons . This is often the case with permanent hearing loss after middle ear surgery or when hearing aids cannot be worn due to chronic ear canal inflammation (i.e., otitis externa). The SOUNDBRIDGE can be an effective solution for cases of mild to severe sensorineural hearing loss, as well as for conductive or mixed hearing loss.
In contrast to a hearing aid - which can only make sounds entering the ear canal louder - the SOUNDBRIDGE converts the signals from the environment into mechanical vibrations. This mechanical energy directly stimulates the structures of the middle ear and allows even high-pitched tones to be perceived exceptionally well.
How the SOUNDBRIDGE works:
The SOUNDBRIDGE implant system consists of the SAMBA, an externally-worn audio processor, and a surgically implanted component, the VORP 503 with the FMT. Thanks to the special design of the SOUNDBRIDGE, various forms and degrees of hearing loss can be managed flexibly while also achieving a natural sound quality for speech and natural sounds.
Implant - the new standard in middle ear implants
The implantable component of the SOUNDBRIDGE consists of the Vibrating Ossicular Prosthesis (VORP 503) and the Floating Mass Transducer (FMT). The signal sent by the audio processor is processed by the VORP 503 and converted by the FMT into mechanical vibrations that are transmitted directly to the middle ear structures.
The SOUNDBRIDGE has been opening up new hearing possibilities since its first implantation in 1996. Thousands of patients worldwide benefit already from the SOUNDBRIDGE. It is the only middle ear implant system with single-point attachment, which also makes it suitable for treating children of 5 years or above, as it is unaffected by cranium growth.
The SOUNDBRIDGE is a hearing solution designed for individuals who cannot use conventional hearing aids, either due to medical reasons or because they do not sufficiently benefit from them. Also, the ear canal remains open, making it a particularly attractive option for individuals who suffer from an ear canal inflammation.
Each generation of the audio processor is compatible with the implant. This makes it easy for you to continue to upgrade to the latest model even years after having the implant. As a result, you always benefit from the latest audio processor technology. All that is needed is a fitting by the audiologist.
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