The Bonebridge bone conduction implant has been a powerful addition to the existing treatment options for patients with conductive (hearing loss due to problems with the ear canal, ear drum, or middle ear), mixed hearing losses. It is also an option for patients with single-sided deafness.
The system consists of an externally worn processor and an implant that is surgically placed under the skin. The speech processor is held in place by a magnet. The microphone picks up external sound and converts this into electrical signals which are transmitted to the implant through intact skin.
The implant is fixed into the mastoid of the temporal bone and converts the electrical signals to mechanical vibrations that are detected as sound by the cochlear (inner ear).
The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and usually takes approximately 1 hour. Most patients are discharged from hospital on the same day as surgery.