Bone Conduction Implant

BONEBRIDGE gives you great hearing, but that’s not all. It is the most advanced active bone conduction implant and is fully placed under the skin. In fact, you won’t even realize it’s there! Find out how BONEBRIDGE uses bone conduction to revolutionize your hearing.

BONEBRIDGE - Comfortable and Effective

Comfortable and Effective

BONEBRIDGE is an implant designed with your lifestyle in mind. Because the implant is fully under your skin, BONEBRIDGE doesn’t leave you with open wounds or skincare routines to worry about. The externally-worn SAMBA 2 Audio Processor sits comfortably on your head and its streamlined design makes it easy to hide under your hair. You can even connect it to your phone via SAMBA 2 Go.

But most importantly, BONEBRIDGE offers you great sound quality. MED-EL pioneered “under-the-skin” bone conduction implants when we introduced BONEBRIDGE over ten years ago. Thousands of happy users around the world show just how successful BONEBRIDGE is. And we’ve even combined this market experience with feedback from leading surgeons to create a second-generation BONEBRIDGE implant. For you, that means high-quality, comfortable hearing that you can rely on for years to come.

  • Natural sound quality

  • Placed fully under the skin

  • Small and stylish audio processor



With normal hearing, sound vibrations are sent through the outer and middle parts of the ear and on to the inner ear. If you have conductive or mixed hearing loss, your outer or middle ear is damaged, and so sounds can't reach your inner ear effectively.

But BONEBRIDGE can help. BONEBRIDGE picks up the sounds around you and then sends them to your inner ear through the bones of your skull, bypassing your damaged outer and middle ears. If you have single-sided deafness, BONEBRIDGE can also be used to pick up sound vibrations on your bad side and send them through to the inner ear on your good side. The result? Better hearing wherever you are.

The implant featured in this video is BCI 601, rather than the latest BONEBRIDGE implant, BCI 602.

Audio Processor

  • Small and light audio processor
  • Stylish design covers
  • Bluetooth® streaming via SAMBA 2 Go

BCI 602 Implant

  • Natural sound quality
  • Placed fully under the skin
  • 1.5 Tesla MRI* without surgery^

Audio Processor

SAMBA 2 is the latest generation of audio processor for SOUNDBRIDGE and BONEBRIDGE. With a sleek, intuitive design and intelligent hearing technology, it's designed to make your hearing experience as simple as possible.

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Comfortable to Wear

BONEBRIDGE is an active bone conduction implant that is fully implanted under the skin. For you, that means nothing sticking out through your skin, no open wounds, and therefore no daily skin care routines to worry about. You can simply put on your SAMBA 2 Audio Processor each morning and forget about it for the rest of the day.


A Stylish Solution

Make BONEBRIDGE invisible. The SAMBA 2 Audio Processor is worn on your head, just behind your ear, and is held comfortably in place by magnets. This makes it easy to hide the compact SAMBA 2 under your hair. Alternatively, make your processor stand out from the crowd with the stylish SAMBA 2 Design Covers.

Made for the Future

A hearing implant is a decision for a lifetime, so it is important to choose a system you can rely on. BONEBRIDGE’s robust design is built to keep you hearing for many years to come. The implant can undergo MRI scans at 1.5 Tesla* with no surgery,^ no discomfort, and no hearing downtime, so you’re prepared for whatever the future might bring. What’s more, with BONEBRIDGE you can easily upgrade to the newest audio processor and benefit from the latest in hearing technology.

MRI Guarantee

Great Protection. Guaranteed.

Because of our long and positive experience with MRIs, we offer a life-long MRI guarantee.**

This life-long MRI guarantee is the first and only to be offered by any company and covers all MED-EL BONEBRIDGE implants. So you can feel confident about any future MRI scans.

Experiences with BONEBRIDGE

BONEBRIDGE users tell us how their bone conduction implant has not only improved their hearing, but also their lives—at work, at home, and with friends and family.

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“Today, I still can’t believe what a difference this small device can make!" 
Daniela A., BONEBRIDGE user from Austria 
 User Stories
"It felt so natural, like I had been wearing it for years."

The Next Steps

What can you expect next? Here’s an outline of the process of receiving a bone conduction implant.



First, you’ll undergo routine assessments to ensure you’re a candidate for a bone conduction implant, and if there are any additional factors your implant team should consider. Your clinical team will walk you and your family through the specifics of what to expect in the following steps.



To implant BONEBRIDGE, the surgical procedure is straightforward and usually lasts around 1 hour under general anesthesia. Recipients are usually back on their feet the next day. Your hospital stay may last one or more days, depending on your individual needs and what’s typical in your area.



Usually, 1-2 weeks after implantation, you’ll have your first fitting. This “activation day” is when your audiologist will turn on your audio processor for the first time and you’ll hear your first new sounds. The audio settings of your processor will be adjusted to fit your hearing preferences.

* The BONEBRIDGE bone conduction implant is MR conditional. Recipients with BCI 602 may be safely scanned at 1.5 Tesla (T) following the conditions detailed in the instructions for use.

** The terms and conditions of the MRI Guarantee can be found here.

^ Unless required for diagnostic reasons.

Technical Data

24.4 mm
⌀ 28.2 mm
4.1 mm
4.5 mm
4.4 mm
64.3 mm
18.2 mm

Bone Conduction Implant (BCI 602)


Approx. 20 g


  • Transcutaneous technology
  • The implant including the transducer is safely embedded under the skin
  • The risk of skin infection is very low and no continuous skin care is needed
  • Direct drive bone conduction together with state-of-the-art signal processing provides excellent audiological outcomes
  • Cosmetically appealing solution

MRI Safety

MR Conditional at 1.5 Tesla

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