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Vibrant Soundbridge - Middle Ear Implant

The Vibrant Soundbridge Middle Ear Implant System is an innovative alternative to conventional hearing devices. It is designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with mild to severe sensorineural hearing loss or conductive and mixed hearing losses.

The technology of the Vibrant Soundbridge bypasses the outer ear in order to directly stimulate middle ear structures. The system consists of an internal and an external component.

External Audio Processor

External Audio Processor

The Amadé audio processor is attached to the
patient’s head with a magnet and can be worn
discreetly underneath the hair. The audio processor supplies the power for the implant system. It consists
of the battery, a microphone and electronics
responsible for digital signal processing.

Internal Implant

Internal Implant

The implant (VORP) is placed underneath the skin
and contains a magnet to hold the audio processor
over the implant. The main part of the implant is the innovative technology of the Floating Mass
Transducer (FMT)

FAQ's for the Vibrant Soundbridge?

How the Vibrant Soundbridge works?

SoundBridge Animation The Vibrant Soundbridge Middle Ear Implant System directly causes the middle ear structures to vibrate. Vibration mimics the action produced by sound waves moving through the ear canal. This “direct drive” stimulation enables excellent sound quality without blocking the ear canal.

How is the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE different from a hearing aid?

Hearing aids, which are worn in the ear canal, amplify sound acoustically in order to increase the movement of the eardrum and indirectly vibrate the middle ear structures. In contrast, the Vibrant Soundbridge provides an enhanced signal to the inner ear by directly vibrating the middle ear structures while leaving the ear canal open and the eardrum undisturbed.

How many people have received the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE?

Thousands of people have been implanted with the Vibrant Soundbridge worldwide.

What is the difference between the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE and a cochlear implant?

Cochlear implants are designed for individuals who are affected by severe to profound hearing loss. They are implanted directly in the inner ear, or cochlea, where they electrically stimulate the nerves through a series of electrodes. In contrast, the Vibrant Soundbridge is designed for hearing-impaired people with mild to severe hearing loss. It provides an enhanced signal to the inner ear by directly vibrating the middle ear structures.

What is the size of the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE?

The Vibrant Soundbridge is made up of two components. The externally worn portion (audio processor) is about one inch in diameter. The tiny FMT, the part of the implant that is attached to a vibratory structure in the middle ear, is about a quarter of the size of a standard grain of rice.

How often will I need to change the battery?

The battery life depends on usage and device settings. A typical patient who uses their Vibrant Soundbridge 12-16 hours a day may need to change the battery about once a week.

How long does the implant procedure take?

The procedure to implant the Vibrant Soundbridge takes approximately one to two hours.

Are any activities restricted because of the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE?

While the Vibrant Soundbridge does not impose restrictions on most daily activities, certain activities are not advisable. For example, contact sports in which a blow to the side of the head is possible should be avoided due to the potential damage to the internal part of the Soundbridge. The audio processor should also be removed prior to bathing, showering and swimming. Other sports such as tennis, golf, skiing and running may necessitate the need to support the audio processor with a headband, or to remove the processor during these activities.

It is advisable to remove the audio processor prior to sleeping. This allows the skin underneath the device to be exposed to the air.

Is the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE difficult to operate or manipulate?

No. Once the audio processor is placed on the head and fitted, no further action is required. Each night the audio processor should be removed from the head, and the battery compartment opened. This allows moisture in the compartment to escape and will lengthen the battery’s life. In the morning, the compartment is closed and the audio processor is replaced on the head. The battery needs to be replaced approximately every week.

Can a hearing aid be worn in the implanted ear after surgery?

Yes, a hearing aid can be worn temporarily after surgery. Once the ear canal returns to its normal size, a hearing aid can be used for assistance until the audio processor is activated eight weeks after surgery. After the activation of the audio processor, there is no further need for a hearing aid in the implanted ear.

Is the device safe?

Extensive clinical studies conducted in the United States and Europe* have confirmed that the Vibrant Soundbridge is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals with mild to severe sensorineural hearing loss or conductive and mixed hearing losses who are seeking an alternative to acoustic hearing aids. Implant patients are exposed to the normal risks of middle ear surgery and general anaesthesia.

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