- Published on 15 December 2014
MED-EL has launched the new generation of the Vibrant Soundbridge System, an active middle ear implant system for conductive, mixed or sensorineural hearing loss. The system, comprising the Vibrant Soundbridge implant and the new Samba audio processor* was unveiled at the "International Vibrant Soundbridge & Bonebridge Symposium 2014" in Rome. The Vibrant Soundbridge is now approved for MRI scans at 1.5 Tesla. The audio processor offers a contemporary design while setting new standards in sound and signal processing. The Vibrant Soundbridge middle ear implant is now available in all countries that recognise the CE mark.
More possibilities - more flexibility
The Floating Mass Transducer (FMT) forms the heart of the Vibrant Soundbridge implant. It converts signals sent by the audio processor into mechanical vibrations and transmits these directly to the relevant middle ear structures. With the latest Vibrant Soundbridge middle ear implant, the FMT can now be attached using new, different Vibroplasty Couplers. Depending on the type of hearing loss, the Vibrant Soundbridge can be fixed more easily and individually to various mobile middle ear structures. The optimized implant design allows simpler handling and more flexibility during the surgery.
MR Conditional at 1.5 Tesla
With the new Vibrant Soundbridge middle ear implant, users can undergo MRI scans at 1.5 Tesla without the implant having to be removed. This offers users significantly more comfort and the opportunity to benefit from imaging procedures for medical check-ups in the future. This aspect is especially important for younger implant users.
Award winning design combined with sophisticated hearing technology
The Samba audio processor has received the Red Dot Award for its design which offers a new outlook for patients through a range of colours and exchangeable covers. The small processor can connect to external devices via Bluetooth or telecoil. That enables the Samba audio processor to connect to smart phones, FM receivers and other assistive listening devices wirelessly**. Furthermore the processor adapts to different sound environments and memorizes the user’s ideal settings automatically. Various exchangeable covers allow the device to be adapted to one’s personal style thereby making the Samba an individual accessory.
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Prof. Maurizio Barbara gives us more details about the new product launched during the event in Rome.
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* The Samba audio processor is pending regulatory approval