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.
Many patients report that they are able to hear softer, high frequency sounds, such as children's voices. The transmission of high quality amplification in the high frequencies 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.
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 analyzed the long-term performance of users of the Vibrant Soundbridge show that the system offers good, stable speech comprehension over time.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.
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.
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Luetje C.M., Brackman D., Balkany T.J., Maw J., Baker R.S., Kelsall D., Backous D., Miyamoto R., Pariser S., Arts A. Phase III clinical trial results with the Vibrant® Soundbridge implantable middle ear hearing device: A prospective controlled multi-centerstudy. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 126: 97-107, February 2002.
Mosnier I, Sterkers O, Bouccara D, et al. Benefit of the Vibrant Soundbridge Device in Patients Implanted For 5 to 8 Years Ear & Hearing, 29;281–284, 2008.