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Implants

Implants or implantable hearing solutions are aesthetically pleasing, highly sophisticated mechanical devices that are surgically implanted in patients who suffer from hearing loss.

Patients who qualify for implantable hearing solutions are managed by a team of professionals from the Chi. Except for the PONTO, all implantable hearing solutions are surgically implanted with the device located under the skin and behind the ear. All these intact skin solutions have an externally worn component that fits on the implanted part by means of a magnet. The PONTO is an exception as it has a skin penetrating part onto which the externally worn processor is clipped.

To view pictures and videos that explain these implants in greater detail, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Implantable hearing solutions do not replace conventional state of the art hearing aids. It serves as an alternative to those patients who do not optimally benefit from hearing aids or patients who, due to anatomical restrictions, cannot wear conventional hearing aids.

There are different types of implantable hearing solutions on the market catering for all types and degrees of hearing loss. Patients with conductive-, mixed-, and sensorineural hearing loss and single sided deafness (SSD) may qualify.

Cape hearing implants (CHi) offer 5 implantable hearing solutions and one non-implantable bone conduction hearing system (ADHEAR). CHi also manages appropriate referrals for auditory brainstem implants (ABI).

Implantable hearing solutions

1. BONEBRIDGE

BONEBRIDGE is a partially implantable hearing solution that consists of two major components namely an implant and an externally worn audio processor. BONEBRIDGE is indicated for patients with conductive- and mixed hearing loss as well as single sided deafness (SSD).

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2. PONTO

PONTO is a partially implantable bone anchored hearing system. The bone anchored hearing system (BAHS) consists of a titanium implant, abutment and sound processor. PONTO is indicated for patients with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss and single sided deafness. 

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3. VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE

SOUNDBRIDGE or VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE is an implantable hearing solution that consists of two major components namely an implant (with the floating mass transducer or FMT) and an externally worn audio processor. SOUNDBRIDGE is indicated for patients with conductive-, sensorineural- and mixed hearing losses. 

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4. SYNCHRONY

SYNCHRONY cochlear implant (CI) solution consists of two major components namely an implant and an externally worn audio processor. Synchrony cochlear implant systems are indicated for patients with severe-, to profound sensorineural hearing loss who do not benefit from hearing aids. CHi uses this device due to its reliability, 3Tesla MRI compatibility, variety of electrode designs, hearing preservation capabilities and superior performance. 

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5. SYNCHRONY EAS

SYNCHRONY Electric Acoustic Stimulation (EAS) is a hearing implant system that combines two technologies to cover the full frequency range of hearing. Electric stimulation via a cochlear implant is used in combination with acoustic sound stimulation via an integrated hearing aid. SYNCHRONY EAS cochlear implant systems are indicated for patients with partial deafness (high frequency profound sensorineural hearing loss in combination with mild to moderate low frequency hearing loss). 

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Non-implantable bone conduction hearing system

ADHEAR

ADHEAR is a bone conduction hearing system that consists of two major components namely an externally worn processor and an externally worn adhesive adapter. ADHEAR is a gentle, effortless, reliable and cosmetic appealing option for bone conduction in adults and children. 

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Auditory Brainstem Implants

MED-EL Auditory brainstem implants

MED-EL auditory brainstem implant (ABI) system is a hearing solution for patients without a functional auditory nerve. It consists of two major components namely an implant and an externally worn audio processor. MED-EL ABI system is indicated for patients with non-functional auditory nerves such as in Neurofibromatosis Type 2 and cochlear nerve aplasia. CHi is a referral center for ABI. Surgery is currently only performed in Gauteng. 

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