FAQs for the BONEBRIDGE
How do people hear?
Hearing is a complex process. Sound signals in the environment funnel into the ear, where a series of reactions convert acoustic energy into electrical impulses that the brain can understand. The body reacts to sound so quickly, we are able to listen in real time.
What are the benefits offered by the Bonebridge as opposed to conventional bone conduction hearing aids?
With conventional bone conduction hearing aids you have a dampening effect because of the transmission through the skin. On the contrary, the Bonebridge is implanted under the skin therefore the dampening effect can be avoided. A great advantage of the Bonebridge is that the users don’t have any problems with pressure pain. Compared to the Bonebridge other external bone conduction hearing aids must be pressed to the scalp using specific strong pressure to allow vibration to be transmitted through the skin to the bone. That constant high pressure applied may cause skin problems and headaches.
What are the benefits offered by the Bonebridge as opposed to bone anchored hearing aids?
The Bonebridge is the first bone conduction implant that is positioned under the intact skin. This means that the risk of potential infections is not an issue. Another feature is that the corresponding audio processor can be worn discretely and comfortably under the hair.
Can I test hearing with a bone conduction implant before surgery?
If you would like to find out whether the Bonebridge is the right solution for you, you can experience bone conduction hearing prior to the implant surgery. This is accomplished with the aid of bone conduction headphones positioned on the skin behind the ear. The sound may not be identical with the one from the implant, but will give a good impression.
Can I feel vibrations in the head?
No. The mechanical vibrations of the bone conduction implant are not perceptible as vibrations.
When can I start to use the device after surgery?
The implant is usually activated two to four weeks after the surgical procedure. The implant can be activated by fitting the audio processor as soon as the minor swelling of the scalp, caused by the surgery, has subsided.
How long can I wear the audio processor?
You can wear the audio processor as long as you wish. The majority of users wear it all day. However it should be removed before you go to sleep or bathe.
What do I have to do on a daily basis to make sure the implant works?
When you get up, all you have to do is to place the audio processor over the implant. Only the battery of the audio processor needs to be replaced approximately every 5-7 days.
Who can tell me if the Bonebridge is the right solution for me?
If you are interested in a Bonebridge system, please contact a hearing implant centre in your area. The type and severity of your hearing loss will be determined by means of audiological tests. From the results of these tests and with the aid of a medical examination, it can be established whether the Bonebridge or another MED-EL hearing system is suitable for you. If you would like to be directly referred to a surgical centre or would like to obtain further information on the Bonebridge, please contact us. We would be glad to be of further assistance.