MED-EL Cochlear Implants:
Cochlear implants are prosthetic devices that provide some hearing for persons with severe to profound hearing loss who receive little or no benefit from hearing aids. Tiny wires (electrodes) are surgically inserted into the cochlea (an organ of hearing). The cochlear implant converts sound energy into electrical signals and stimulates the auditory nerve. Children and adults must meet certain criteria in order to be eligible to receive a cochlear implant in Ontario.
BONEBRIDGETM Bone Conduction Implant System
The Bonebridge, the world’s first active bone conduction implant system, is intended for adults and children with conductive or mixed hearing loss. With conductive or mixed hearing loss, sound cannot take the natural path through the outer and middle ear to the inner ear. With the Bonebridge, the sound waves are transmitted via bone conduction directly to the inner ear, where they are processed as natural sound.
The Bonebridge can be an effective solution of individuals with lasting hearing loss following a middle ear operation, malformations, or generally for conductive hearing loss and mixed hearing loss. It is also an option for individuals with single-sided deafness. The Bonebridge ensures optimal daily hearing performance while remaining discreet and unobtrusive.
The Vibrant 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 Vibrant Soundbridge can be an effective solution for cases of moderate 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 Vibrant 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.
Through our partnership with MED-EL, we are able to provide all sound processors, parts, accessories, replacements and repairs. We distribute the latest in all implant technologies including SONNET, RONDO, SAMBA, and the Fine Tuner. MED-EL audio processors are also equipped to work with FM systems via a plug in FM receiver, tele-coil, or wireless streaming technology. Please click here for more information about the devices: http://www.medel.com/ca
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