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 that of 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.
Many 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 foreign bodies in the ear canal cannot be tolerated or a free or unblocked ear canal is required (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 is automatically softened and allows for improved hearing. Amadé users have the freedom of being outside or in the city, while 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, automatically identifying and reducing background noise, without affecting important speech signals.
Patients rate the wearing comfort of 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 that 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 consisting of five components. This simplicity makes it a reliable device with the flexibility to compensate optimally for different kinds of hearing loss.
The implant is attached only to the middle ear structure that it is stimulating. This makes candidacy for the Vibrant Soundbridge independent of skull growth and the device is 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.
The Vibrant Soundbridge is a state-of-the-art middle ear implant system with a semi-implantable design.
Because the audio processor of the Vibrant Soundbridge is externally located, the user can always take advantage of the latest technology available – both now and in the future – with a simple equipment upgrade.
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 technological advances.
*The Vibrant Soundbridge has been approved as a solution for children in Europe and other countries accepting the CE Mark