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Indications


Selecting the Optimal Solution for Hearing Loss
 

Choosing the correct hearing implant system for your patient is vital to ensuring their hearing future. However, determining the appropriate hearing implant is not always a straightforward process. This overview is designed to be a resource about the different types of hearing loss and the specific hearing implants that best treat each type.

If you have any further questions regarding indications, please don't hesitate to contact your MED-EL representative.

Click on the type of hearing loss below to learn more.


Severe-to-Profound
Sensorineural Hearing Loss


High Frequency
Sensorineural Hearing Loss


Mild-to-Severe
Sensorineural Hearing Loss

 


Conductive and Mixed
Hearing Losses


Single-Sided Deafness


Retrocochlear Hearing Loss
Due to Neurofibromatosis Type II (NF II)



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Severe-to-Profound Sensorineural Hearing Loss
 

Solution: Cochlear Implants
SYNCHRONY System

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Indication of severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss with hearing thresholds that fall within the shaded area in the chart below
  • Functional auditory nerve
  • Prior use of optimally fitted hearing aid, if appropriate
  • Little or no benefit from acoustic amplification
  • Adequate motivation and expectations

Examples of audiograms: 

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the picture

   

 

High-Frequency Sensorineural Hearing Loss
 

Solution: Electric Acoustic Stimulation
SYNCHRONY EAS System

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Indication of high-frequency hearing loss with hearing thresholds that fall within the shaded area in the chart below
  • No malformations or obstructions of the cochlea, otosclerosis or ossification, or external ear contraindications
  • Stable air conduction thresholds
  • No air-bone gap >15dB
  • Monosyllable score ≤60% at 65dBSPL in best aided condition
  • Adequate motivation and expectations

Examples of audiograms: 

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the picture

   

 

Mild-to-Severe Sensorineural Hearing Loss
 

Solution: Middle Ear Implants
VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE System

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Indication of mild-to-severe sensorineural hearing loss, with stable air conduction thresholds that fall within the shaded area in the chart below
  • Aged 5 years or older
  • Normal middle ear functions as shown by audiometric thresholds and impedance measurements
  • Speech audiometry curve adequate to the respective PTA with speech understanding of at least 50% (open-set word test with headphones at the most comfortable listening level)
  • Ability to benefit from amplification
  • Absence of retrocochlear and central auditory disorders
  • Adequate motivation and expectations

Examples of audiograms: 

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the picture

   

 

Conductive and Mixed Hearing Losses
 

Solution A: Middle Ear Implants
VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE System

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Indication of conductive or mixed hearing loss, with stable bone conduction thresholds that fall within the shaded area in the chart below
  • Aged 5 years or older
  • Absence of active middle ear infections
  • Ear anatomy that allows the FMT to be positioned on a suitable vibratory structure
  • Ability to benefit from amplification
  • Absence of retrocochlear and central auditory disorders
  • Adequate motivation and expectations

Examples of audiograms: 

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the picture

   

 
 

 
Solution B: Bone Conduction Implants
BONEBRIDGE System

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Indication of conductive or mixed hearing loss as indicated by audiometric testing, with bone conduction hearing thresholds that fall within the shaded area in the chart below
  • Aged 5 years or older
  • Anatomy that allows appropriate placement of the implant as determined by CT scan
  • Ear anatomy that allows the FMT to be positioned on a suitable vibratory structure
  • Absence of retrocochlear and central auditory disorders
  • Adequate motivation and expectations

Examples of audiograms: 

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the picture

   

 
 

 
Solution C: Non-surgical Bone Conduction Systems
ADHEAR

Eligibility Criteria for conductive hearing loss: 

  • Unilateral or bilateral conductive hearing loss, either chronic or temporary, with bone conduction hearing thresholds that fall within the shaded area in the chart below

Examples of audiograms: 

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the picture

 

 

Single-Sided Deafness
 

Solution A: Cochlear Implants
SYNCHRONY System

Eligibility Criteria for SSD: 

  • Indication of severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss in the affected ear with hearing thresholds that fall within the shaded area in the chart below
  • Indication of normal hearing or mild-to-moderate hearing loss in the contralateral ear with hearing thresholds that fall within the shaded area in the chart below
  • Functional auditory nerve
  • Prior use of optimally fitted hearing aid, if appropriate
  • Little or no benefit from acoustic amplification
  • Adequate motivation and expectations

Examples of audiograms: 

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the picture

   

 
 

 
Solution B: Bone Conduction Implants
BONEBRIDGE System

Eligibility Criteria for SSD: 

  • Indication of severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss in the affected ear with hearing thresholds that fall within the shaded area in the chart below
  • Indication of normal hearing in the contralateral ear with hearing thresholds that fall within the shaded area in the chart below
  • Aged 5 years or older
  • Anatomy that allows appropriate placement of the implant as determined by CT scan
  • Absence of retrocochlear and central auditory disorders in the contralateral ear
  • Adequate motivation and expectations

Examples of audiograms: 

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the picture

       

 

Retrocochlear Hearing Loss Due to Neurofibromatosis Type II (NF II)
 

Solution: Auditory Brainstem Implants
SYNCHRONY ABI System

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Indication of retrocochlear hearing loss due to Neurofibromatosis Type II
  • Aged 15 years or older
  • If tumor present, removal during implantation surgery necessary
  • Adequate motivations and expectations

 

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