In the more extreme case of profound hearing loss, a hearing aid could be ineffective at helping its wearer lead a fulfilling, active and safe life. In such cases, ear implants are highly recommended if the patient fits the implantation criteria. By opting to receive an ear implant, the recipient can expect higher quality and clarity of sound, better understanding of speech and the ability to communicate effectively. If left untreated, this disability can cause the affected person serious issues as he/she will be unable to properly communicate with others. They will also be more likely to encounter challenges on different levels, be it educationally or vocationally depending on the individual’s age and hearing condition, all of which would ultimately result in substantial stress, tension, confusion and fatigue.
Ear implants require a one-time surgical procedure that involves inserting the implant’s internal component into the ear, while the external audio processor is situated comfortably behind the patient’s ear.
Depending on the type of hearing loss, patients are fitted with:
A. Cochlear Implants
A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that is placed in the inner ear to directly stimulate the cochlear nerve fibers via electric signals. A cochlear implant is placed in the ears of those suffering from severe to profound hearing loss – a case that cannot be treated using conventional amplification solutions – and an external audio processor is situated behind the patient’s ear, thus restoring their ability to hear by bypassing the inner ear’s damaged parts.
B. Middle Ear Implants
A middle ear implant is a medical prosthesis that is fitted in the middle ear to transmit sound via the direct vibratory stimulation of the middle ear’s small bones. It is used as an alternative to hearing aids among people with moderate-to-severe hearing loss.
C. Bone Conduction Implants
A bone conduction implant is a medical device that overcomes problems in the outer and middle ear by transmitting sound as vibrations through the bone directly to the inner ear, where they are processed as natural sound. The bone conduction implant is most suitable for those with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss and single-sided deafness.
When it comes to offering our clients the latest, innovative medical devices, we turn to solutions provided by the industry’s technology leader in implantable hearing solutions, Austrian company MED-EL.