In addition to the trouble being unable to hear well can cause, loss of hearing can result in increasing the risk of a range of negative effects, including cognitive decline, depression, isolation, and dementia.
To maintain your health and lifestyle, it is vital to rehabilitate your hearing. At South Florida ENT Associates, we offer implantable hearing devices to patients with moderate to severe hearing loss. These devices help achieve natural hearing with greater clarity than hearing aids are capable of. With an implantable hearing device, the ear canal is left open, and background noise and feedback are essentially eliminated.
Types of Implantable Hearing Devices
This type of implantable hearing device is surgically embedded behind the ear on the outside of the skull. A very small titanium abutment (connector) is anchored to the skull. An external processor is attached to this abutment. The microphone on the processor is able to pick up incoming sounds, and these are transmitted through the abutment to the inner ear via skull vibrations.
Bone Conduction Devices
These devices are designed to increase the transmission of the sound vibrations that reach the inner ear. A small prosthesis is attached to one of the bones of the middle ear. The prosthesis helps to move drive the sound through the bone into the inner ear instead of directing sound into the ear canal.This allows sound to bypass problems in the ear canal and middle ear.
When is an Implantable Hearing Device Needed?
An implantable hearing device is necessary for patients with sensory hearing loss that cannot be fitted with conventional hearing aids due to incompatibilities, chronic otitis externa (thick, dry skin that builds up in the inner ear), or cases of conductive or combined hearing impairment that cannot be improved by conventional surgical procedures to improve the hearing ability.
An implantable hearing device is an ideal option for those who still have hearing in one ear, or whose external or middle ears cannot conduct sound properly. Studies show that over 85% of patients greatly benefit from implantable hearing devices long after they are placed.
Types of Implantable Hearing Devices
The BAHA device uses direct sound conduction. A titanium fixture is implanted directly into the skull, providing sound by conducting sound with a sound processor through the bone to the inner ear. The BAHA system bypasses the ear canal and middle ear structures and doesn’t require sound to be transmitted through the skin first, and then into the bone.
The Osia device also uses direct sound conduction. Osia is an implantable device that helps resolve conductive or mixed hearing loss or deafness on one side. The Osia system includes a titanium fixture implanted directly into the skull that conducts the sound through the bone to the inner ear, bypassing the ear canal and middle ear structures without requiring the sound to transmit through both skin and bone.
The external processor of the Osia system is attached to the scalp and communicates to the internal device electromagnetically. The external processor is taken off when it’s not being used, leaving no visible implant coming through the skin.
The Maxum Middle Ear Implant is designed for patients with severe hearing loss on both sides. The Maxum device stimulates the inner ear with magnetic power, moving the hearing bones to improve hearing function. A hearing aid uses sound signals to move the eardrum, making it prone to feedback. The Maxum device has no feedback concern, making it able to deliver a much louder sound than a hearing aid.
The Maxum system uses a magnet that is implanted surgically. The external system is an ear canal processor that processes the sound coming into the ear, then moves the middle ear magnet, allowing the patient to hear properly.
Why Choose SFENTA for an Implantable Hearing Device?
South Florida ENT Associates has been providing quality care for patients for more than 30 years. We provide state-of-the-art implantable hearing devices, the most advanced techniques, and a dedicated staff that puts patients first. Our goal is to improve the quality of life and general wellness for every patient. Call today to find out more about implantable hearing devices at South Florida ENT Associates.