Description of Medical ServiceInsertion of an active middle ear implant. A signal from an audio processor is transmitted to the internal component and transformed into vibrations that stimulate the ossicles in the middle ear.
The internal component of the implant is crimped or attached to the long process of the incus to mechanically drive the ossicular chain. The amplified vibrations can be adjusted via an external auditory processor to suit different kinds and degrees of hearing loss.
Description of Medical ConditionAn active middle ear implant is used in individuals with mild to severe sensorineural hearing loss who cannot use or sufficiently benefit from conventional hearing aids. However, these individuals can still benefit from the amplification of sound. Individuals with sensorineural hearing loss will have air conduction hearing thresholds within the mild to severe range. All active middle ear implant candidates will have speech perception discrimination of at least 50% correct with appropriate amplified sound.
Reason for ApplicationNew MBS item
Medical Service TypeTherapeutic
Previous Application NumberNot Applicable
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