Passive middle ear implants have significantly transformed the lives of individuals with hearing impairments. This solution benefits those struggling with conductive and mixed hearing loss. These implants restore sound perception and enhance overall hearing abilities by bypassing damaged or malfunctioning parts of the middle ear.
The procedure involves surgically implanting a small device that interfaces directly with the middle ear structures, acting as a mechanical conductor. When sound waves reach the implant, it effectively transfers the vibrations onto the inner ear, subsequently stimulating the auditory nerve, leading to an improved hearing experience. This innovation offers a reliable and long-lasting solution, especially for individuals who are not suitable candidates for traditional hearing aids or active middle ear implants.
There are numerous middle ear implants, also known as prosthesis, to choose from. This includes stapes prosthesis, partial ossicular replacement prosthesis (PORP) and total ossicular replacement prosthesis (TORP).
Stapes replacement prosthesis.