Middle ear implants are designed for persons who cannot use conventional hearing aids for medical reasons (e.g., chronic ear canal inflammations, ear canal eczema, or who are dissatisfied with other hearing devices). Persons requiring a free ear canal for their professions (e.g., medical personnel who frequently use stethoscopes) may benefit from a middle ear implant as well.
A middle ear implant mechanically causes the bones in the middle ear to vibrate and the amplified vibrations may be adjusted for the hearing loss.
A middle ear implant is not necessarily the answer for everyone. If you are comfortable and satisfied with your hearing aids we advise you to continue to wear them every day.
Appropriate candidates for direct drive middle ear hearing devices include:
- Adults aged 18 years and older with moderate-to-severe sensorineural hearing loss
- Experience with traditional hearing aids and a desire for an alternate hearing system
- Word recognition, as determined under headphones, should be at least 50 percent correct in the designated ear
- Normal middle ear function
- Realistic expectations and motivation
- Stable hearing loss
Individuals interested in this technology will need to undergo a series of audiological tests and medical examinations to determine whether they are appropriate candidates. The audiological tests assess the patient’s type and level of hearing loss. The audiologist will also discuss your lifestyle and hearing needs to determine if this is the right type of device for you.
Heather Maessen, M.Sc., Aud (c)
Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres
5657 Spring Garden Road, Suite 201, Box 112
Halifax, NS B3J 3R4
Tel: (902) 492-8255