Bonebridge

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  • 2014

  • Product
    Medical and Scientific

Designed By:

  • MED-EL

Commissioned By:

MED-EL

Designed In:

Austria

The Bonebridge is the world’s first active transcutaneous bone conduction implant. This powerful implant is placed under the skin and it allows recipients with conductive, mixed or single-sided deafness to hear via bone conduction when the use of conventional hearing aids is not possible. People who do not have the ability to hear sound through the natural pathway of the outer, middle and inner ear because of either middle ear disease, absent or malformed external ears or unilateral hearing loss can benefit from this intact-skin innovation, experiencing a new quality of life by integrating fully into the world of communication.


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  • The implant itself is positioned completely invisibly under the skin, with the audio processor being worn discretely and comfortably under the hair and is therefore barely visible. The design of the system, with the audio processor being held in place by magnetic attraction to the implant, allows the ear canal to remain completely free. Additionally, experience with other hearing implants shows that this kind of intact skin technology is associated with an extremely low rate of skin irritation, avoiding the necessity for repeat after-care appointments. It simply provides the wearer with a small, light and cosmetically appealing hearing solution.

  • For the patient, the Bonebridge involves a quick and simple surgical procedure, usually lasting no longer than 30 to 60 minutes. Further surgical intervention is not required afterwards and the patient can be fitted with the audio processor as soon as the skin has healed.

  • With the Bonebridge, users profit from the latest technology in signal processing. Incorporating dual microphone technology with directional mode the user can enjoy reduced noise interference from the back and side, allowing them to communicate freely. Being a semi-implantable system, the external audio processor can be upgraded years after implantation with the user of the Bonebridge being able to benefit from future generations of the audio processor technology, and without having to undergo further surgery.

  • The Bonebridge can be activated as soon as the skin has healed after surgery. Activation is accomplished by an audiologist fitting the audio processor to the user's individual needs. This is done by linking the audio processor to the specially designed software and asking the user how the various program settings sound, adjusting them to achieve the most natural hearing experience for each individual.

    The audio processor is designed to provide a simple and user-friendly external component, with all replaceable parts of the Bonebridge system being located in the audio processor itself. Once fitted, the Bonebridge user only needs to maintain the audio processor by replacing the one single battery every 5-7 days. With the easy push button design, users can effortlessly switch between 3 different programs which will have been set during the fitting procedure, giving them the control of choosing which program best suits their surrounding environment. With such easy handling the device lends itself to users of all ages.