VORP 503 - Vibrating Ossicular Prosthesis
The VORP 503 is the implantable component of the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE system and consists of:
- an internal coil,
- a magnet to hold the SAMBA audio processor in place over the implant
- a demodulator to receive and convert the electrical signals from the SAMBA audio processor
- a conductor link
- the Floating Mass Transducer (FMT) which is attached onto a mobile middle ear structure (e.g. auditory ossicles) to cause these structures to vibrate.
The FMT is the core part of the implant. With a length of 2.3 mm it is smaller than a grain of rice. The simplicity of this innovative technology is one of the reasons for its reliability, its flexible field of application, and the optimal compensation of different types of hearing loss.
The VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE is approved for the treatment of conductive and mixed hearing losses, moderate to severe sensorineural hearing losses as well as for implantation in children from the age of 10 and above in Canada.
The implant procedure is standard for experienced ENT surgeons and has already been undertaken in several hundred clinics around the world. During the surgery, the VORP 503 is implanted under the skin behind the ear. The surgery is made under general or local anesthesia. The implant is not visible from the outside. After about eight weeks, when the sutures have healed and the swelling has subsided, the implant can be activated by putting on the SAMBA audio processor. An audiologist will adjust the audio processor in order to optimize the signals amplified by the FMT for the specific needs of the recipient.
If you have any further questions regarding the implantation please contact your surgeon or your ENT clinic.