VORP 503 - Vibrating Ossicular Prosthesis

The VORP 503 is the implantable component of the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE system and consists of:

  • an internal coil,
  • a magnet to hold the SAMBA audio processor in place over the implant
  • a demodulator to receive and convert the electrical signals from the SAMBA audio processor
  • a conductor link
  • the Floating Mass Transducer (FMT) which is attached onto a mobile middle ear structure (e.g. auditory ossicles) to cause these structures to vibrate.

The FMT is the core part of the implant. With a length of 2.3 mm it is smaller than a grain of rice. The simplicity of this innovative technology is one of the reasons for its reliability, its flexible field of application, and the optimal compensation of different types of hearing loss.

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VORP 503 Middle Ear Implant

VORP 503 - Vibrating Ossicular Prosthesis

The VORP 503 is the implantable component of the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE system and consists of:

  • an internal coil,
  • a magnet to hold the SAMBA audio processor in place over the implant
  • a demodulator to receive and convert the electrical signals from the SAMBA audio processor
  • a conductor link
  • the Floating Mass Transducer (FMT) which is attached onto a mobile middle ear structure (e.g. auditory ossicles) to cause these structures to vibrate.

The FMT is the core part of the implant. With a length of 2.3 mm it is smaller than a grain of rice. The simplicity of this innovative technology is one of the reasons for its reliability, its flexible field of application, and the optimal compensation of different types of hearing loss.

VORP 503 Middle Ear Implant

How does the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE work?

When hearing a sound, sound waves are transferred by the air to the tympanic membrane through the ear canal. These sound waves cause the tympanic membrane and consequently the ossicles to vibrate. The ossicles transfer the sound information further to the inner ear.

The SOUNDBRIDGE is directly linked to the mechanic part of the hearing process. The FMT is attached onto a mobile middle ear structure and directly causes the respective structure to vibrate. This "direct drive" technology amplifies the natural acoustic signal and transfers it to the inner ear. Thanks to this technology, the natural path of sound transmission remains intact. The FMT functions within a broad frequency range which makes it possible to render a natural sound quality of speech and tones.

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Implantation

The implant procedure is standard for experienced ENT surgeons and has already been undertaken in several hundred clinics around the world. During the surgery, the VORP 503 is implanted under the skin behind the ear. The surgery is made under general or local anesthesia. The implant is not visible from the outside. After about eight weeks, when the sutures have healed and the swelling has subsided, the implant can be activated by putting on the SAMBA audio processor. An audiologist or an ENT specialist will adjust the audio processor in order to optimize the signals amplified by the FMT for the specific needs of the recipient.

If you have any further questions regarding the implantation please contact your surgeon or your ENT clinic.

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