Daniel

With his hearing implant,
he can connect with his grandchildren
and have conversations without worrying
about background noise.

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Daniel, a VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE user

Daniel

With his hearing implant,
he can connect with his grandchildren
and have conversations without worrying
about background noise.

Watch his story

Rujira

The VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE
has improved her quality of life
by enabling her to join in conversations
and enjoy music again.

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VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE
The new standard in middle ear implants

The SOUNDBRIDGE, a unique middle ear implant system, has opened a world of new hearing possibilities for individuals who have not experienced an improvement with conventional hearing aids or cannot use them for medical reasons . This is often the case with permanent hearing loss after middle ear surgery or when hearing aids cannot be worn due to chronic ear canal inflammation (i.e., otitis externa). The SOUNDBRIDGE can be an effective solution for cases of mild to severe sensorineural hearing loss, as well as for conductive or mixed hearing loss.

In contrast to a hearing aid - which can only make sounds entering the ear canal louder - the SOUNDBRIDGE converts the signals from the environment into mechanical vibrations. This mechanical energy directly stimulates the structures of the middle ear and allows even high-pitched tones to be perceived exceptionally well.

How the SOUNDBRIDGE works:

  1. Sounds are picked up by the microphone of the audio processor.
  2. The audio processor converts sound into electrical signals.
  3. These signals are transmitted through the skin to the implanted part.
  4. The implant transmits the signals to the FMT (Floating Mass Transducer).
  5. The FMT converts the signal into mechanical vibrations that directly stimulate a middle ear structure (e.g., the ossicular chain) causing it to vibrate.
  6. These vibrations then conduct sound to the inner ear where they are passed on to the brain and are perceived as sound.




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SAMBA is pending regulatory approval.

The SOUNDBRIDGE Implant System

The SOUNDBRIDGE implant system consists of the SAMBA, an externally-worn audio processor, and a surgically implanted component, the VORP with the FMT. Thanks to the special design of the
SOUNDBRIDGE, various forms and degrees of hearing loss can be managed flexibly while also achieving a natural sound quality for speech and natural sounds.

SAMBA*
The audio processor - design meets technology

SAMBA audio processor

  • Wireless connectivity**
  • Individual, award winning design
  • Intelligent, self-learning hearing system
  • High wearing comfort
     


The SAMBA is the latest generation of audio processor for the SOUNDBRIDGE. The SAMBA does what its name suggests: it’s colourful, versatile and brings sound and joy to your life. With the interchangeable covers of the SAMBA audio processor it's your choice whether to hide the audio processor underneath your hair or make an expressive individual statement. For its innovative design, the SAMBA won the renowned Red Dot Design Award 2014. Along with the stunning design, the SAMBA impresses with sophisticated hearing technology.

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VORP and FMT
Implant - the new standard in middle ear implants

VORP implant

  • MR Conditional at 1.5 Tesla
  • Optimal sound transmission via direct stimulation
  • Excellent sound perception, even in the
    high-frequency range
  • Only middle ear implant with single-point attachment


The implantable component of the SOUNDBRIDGE consists of the Vibrating Ossicular Prosthesis (VORP) and the Floating Mass Transducer (FMT). The signal sent by the audio processor is processed by the VORP and converted by the FMT into mechanical vibrations that are transmitted directly to the middle ear structures.

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*SAMBA is pending regulatory approval.
**Wireless connectivity feature is available with the Siemens miniTEKTM. Siemens is not responsible for the operation with the SAMBA or its compliance with safety and regulatory standards in operation with the SAMBA.

The Advantages of the SOUNDBRIDGE

Practice-proven innovation

The SOUNDBRIDGE has been opening up new hearing possibilities since its first implantation in 1996. Thousands of patients worldwide benefit already from the SOUNDBRIDGE. It is the only middle ear implant system with single-point attachment, which also makes it suitable for treating children of 5 years or above, as it is unaffected by cranium growth.

An alternative to hearing aids

The SOUNDBRIDGE is a hearing solution designed for individuals who cannot use conventional hearing aids, either due to medical reasons or because they do not sufficiently benefit from them. Also, the ear canal remains open, making it a particularly attractive option for individuals who suffer from an ear canal inflammation.

Always benefit from the latest technology

Each generation of the audio processor is compatible with the implant. This makes it easy for you to continue to upgrade to the latest model even years after having the implant. As a result, you always benefit from the latest audio processor technology. All that is needed is a fitting by the audiologist.

Enjoy an active lifestyle

With the MED-EL Sports Headband, there's no need to worry
about your audio processor shifting out of place or falling off.

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Enjoy an active lifestyle

With the MED-EL Sports Headband, there's no need to worry
about your audio processor shifting out of place or falling off.

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Take the next step

If you would like to learn more about receiving a SOUNDBRIDGE implant, click here: two steps to your own SOUNDBRIDGE. If you would like detailed information or would like to be referred to a SOUNDBRIDGE centre in your area, please contact us directly.

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