With his hearing implant,
he can connect with his grandchildren
and have conversations without worries
about background noise.
Hearing implants, such as the Vibrant Soundbridge®, may be able to improve quality of life for you or someone you care about. The Vibrant Soundbridge was created in 1996 to be an implantable alternative to hearing aids. Unlike a hearing aid which only makes sounds louder, the Vibrant Soundbridge converts sounds from the environment into mechanical vibrations. This mechanical energy is used to stimulate middle ear structures for exceptional high frequency sound perception.
Today, the Vibrant Soundbridge is the choice of individuals who cannot use conventional hearing aids or who are unsatisfied with them and do not achieve sufficient benefit. The special design of the Vibrant Soundbridge makes it a reliable device that can be used in a very flexible way to optimally compensate different types and degrees of hearing loss.
The Vibrant Soundbridge Middle Ear Implant System is an innovative alternative to conventional hearing devices. It is designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with mild to severe sensorineural hearing loss or conductive and mixed hearing losses.*
The technology of the Vibrant Soundbridge bypasses the outer ear in order to directly stimulate middle ear structures. The system consists of an internal and an external component.
The Amadé audio processor is attached to the patient's head with a magnet and can be worn discreetly underneath the hair. The audio processor supplies the power for the implant system. It consists of the battery, a microphone and electronics responsible for digital signal processing.More about the Amadé
Featuring direct drive technology, the Vibrant Soundbridge offers improved hearing quality and improved speech understanding, particularly in noisy surroundings.
Users report1 a significant improvement in clarity of speech and overall sound quality, including their own voice. Sound quality is generally described as "natural". Hearing in challenging listening environments, particularly with background noise is also very successful. Conversations in restaurants, in groups, within the family, and in public places can be enjoyed once again.
Our patients report that they are able to hear softer, high frequency sounds, such as children's voices. The transmission of high amplification in the high pitches is particularly relevant for playing or listening to music.
With the Vibrant Soundbridge, the ear canal remains completely open. Sound can be enjoyed without feedback or irritating whistling.
As the FMT is directly attached to a middle ear structure (direct drive) there is little or no acoustic feedback such as whistling.
If you, or someone you care about, cannot tolerate foreign bodies in the ear canal or requires a free or unblocked ear canal (e.g., professionally), the Vibrant Soundbridge may be particularly beneficial. Musicians and singers who wish to hear harmonics undistorted by the occlusion effect and who rely on good perception of high frequency sounds, can benefit from the direct drive design of the Vibrant Soundbridge.
With the external part of the Vibrant Soundbridge, the Amadé audio processor, you can benefit from features like wind-noise reduction, Sound Smoothing and speech and noise management.
Wind Noise Reduction
This intelligent technology constantly monitors the environment for wind noise, which, when detected, is automatically softened and allows for improved hearing. Amadé users have the freedom of being outside or in the city, whilst still having the ability to hear sounds clearly.
Even when loud or unexpected sounds occur, the Amadé isolates impromptu noises and reduces them without interfering with speech signals. This new technology softens annoying noises and gives the user the independence to enjoy daily life.
Speech and Noise Management
The Amadé distinguishes between speech and background noise. It focuses on speech and automatically identifies and reduces background noise, without affecting important speech signals.
Patients rate wearing comfort with the Soundbridge as 'very high'. The unique design of the Vibrant Soundbridge allows the audio processor to be worn discreetly and comfortably.
The ear canal remains open, reducing or even eliminating problems associated with an obstructed ear canal (occlusion). Additionally, the Vibrant Soundbridge is easy to operate. Once the audio processor is placed on the head and fitted, no further adjustments are required.
Technical reliability goes hand in hand with positive long-term clinical experience and high user satisfaction. The Vibrant Soundbridge has proven to be an effective and reliable middle ear implant system for over a decade. Results from a large study which analysed the long-term performance of users of the Vibrant Soundbridge show that the system offers good, stable speech comprehension over time. 1,2
The innovative, patented technology of the FMT includes a tiny magnet that consists of five components. This simplicity makes it a reliable device that has the flexibility to optimally compensate for different kinds of hearing loss.
The implant is attached only to the structure of the middle ear which it is stimulating. This makes the Vibrant Soundbridge independent of skull growth and therefore suitable for implantation in children.*
The direct drive technology together with the single point attachment of the FMT is a feature unique to the Vibrant Soundbridge. Direct drive leads to improved hearing quality and improved speech understanding.
MED-EL's philosophy is to preserve natural hearing. Therefore, the Vibrant Soundbridge is designed not to interfere with the natural ability of the hearing organ in any way, because it is designed to preserve residual hearing.
Because the audio processor of the Vibrant Soundbridge is externally located, the user can always benefit from the latest technology – both now and in the future – with a simple equipment upgrade.
The Vibrant Soundbridge is a state-of-the-art middle ear implant system. With its semi-implantable design, it is able to take advantage of technological advances being developed now and in the future. The ability to upgrade the technology, and in turn upgrade the external portion of the Vibrant Soundbridge, is a significant benefit of the semi-implantable system. Even years after implantation, the patient can undergo a simple fitting and return home benefiting from the latest technology available.
The Vibrant Soundbridge Middle Ear Implant System is designed for inviduals who have been diagnosed with mild to severe sensorineural hearing loss or conductive and mixed hearing losses. This middle ear implant system is recommended for individuals who cannot use or are dissatisfied with conventional hearing aids for medical reasons.
Individuals, including adults as well as children over three years of age,* interested in the Vibrant Soundbridge will undergo audiological tests and medical examinations to determine if the Soundbridge is a suitable treatment for them. Audiological tests will assess the patient's type and degree of hearing impairment.
During surgery, the internal part of the Vibrant Soundbridge is implanted under the skin in the area behind the ear. The FMT is attached to a vibratory structure of the middle ear. This type of surgery is a routine procedure for experienced ENT surgeons and usually takes one to two hours. The procedure is performed under general or local anaesthesia. Your surgeon will counsel you concerning any additional details you need to know before the operation.
Approximately two months following implantation, users are fitted with the audio processor and the Soundbridge is activated. An audiologist or other hearing professional can counsel users concerning optimal use of the Vibrant Soundbridge.