Candidacy for
Bone Conduction Implants

The BONEBRIDGE Bone Conduction Implant System from MED-EL represents a technological breakthrough in hearing solutions, which utilise the principle of bone conduction.

Who can benefit from the BONEBRIDGE?

Bone conduction implants are used when the natural sound transmission to the inner ear is impeded, for example when the middle ear is blocked. With the BONEBRIDGE, sound is transmitted to the bone and the bone then conducts the sound to the inner ear. The path through the outer and middle ear is bypassed in this case.

Candidacy Criteria Bonebridge

The BONEBRIDGE is designed for:

  • Persons 5 years of age or older.
  • The physician must fully assess the potential risks and benefits for the patient and his/her realistic expectations with the device prior to the decision to implant the BONEBRIDGE. The physician must exercise medical judgment and consider the patient’s complete medical history.
  • Individuals with conductive or mixed hearing loss as indicated by audiometric testing with bone conduction thresholds better than or equal to 45 dB HL at 500 Hz, 1 KHz, 2 KHz and 3 KHz.
  • Individuals with single-sided sensorineural deafness, that is severe-to-profound sensorineural deafness in one ear while the other ear has normal hearing (air conduction should be equal to or better than 20 dB HL measured at 500 Hz, 1 KHz, 2 KHz and 3 KHz).


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