There are some types of conductive hearing losses that can be surgically corrected or improved with hearing aids depending on the condition of the nerve. If not, hearing can be improved with:
- an implanted bone-conduction hearing device;
- a surgically implanted, osseointegrated device (for example, the Baha or Ponto System)
- SoundBite™ Hearing System
Implanted Bone-Conduction Hearing Device
Although they work differently than traditional hearing aids, implantable hearing devices are designed to help increase the transmission of sound vibrations entering the inner ear. A middle ear implant (MEI) is a small device attached to one of the bones of the middle ear. Rather than amplifying the sound traveling to the eardrum, an MEI moves these bones directly. Both techniques have the net result of strengthening sound vibrations entering the inner ear so that they can be detected by individuals with sensorineural hearing loss.
These implantable devices are designed for people whose hearing loss is primarily located in the outer or middle ears; that is, situations in which there is little damage to their inner ears.
These implanted devices provide another treatment option for people with conductive or mixed hearing loss. These devices are not cochlear implants, but are bone-anchored hearing devices that help people to hear.
With this implant, a tiny titanium vibrator is inserted in the skull behind the ear. A microphone and hearing aid components form the rest of the package. Incoming sounds cause the implanted portion to vibrate. These vibrations are transmitted to the inner ear via bone conduction and produce sound sensations.
Consult your hearing healthcare professional to see if this treatment is an option for you.