What Types of Implantable Hearing Devices Are Available?

Implantable Hearing Devices

While hearing aids are one of the most common and effective hearing devices available, what do you do when your specific case isn’t improved by them?

Keep reading to learn more about implantable hearing devices and their benefits!

  • Auditory Brainstem Implants

Auditory brainstem implants, or simply ABIs, rely on electrodes placed directly on the brainstem to relay electronic signals to the brain. These are especially useful for patients with sensorineural hearing loss whose auditory nerves do not function properly, meaning they do not benefit from cochlear implants or other devices.

  • Bone-Anchored Hearing Devices

Bone-anchored hearing devices are the second most commonly used implantable hearing device, using a titanium implant, an external abutment, and a sound processor to bypass damaged hair cells in the middle ear and auditory canal.

It transmits sound vibrations through the abutment to the implant, which integrates naturally with the skull bone over a period of time so the bones of your skull can act as conductors.

  • Cochlear Implants

The most commonly used implantable hearing device, cochlear implants are surgically placed behind the ear, containing an external portion that consists of a microphone, sound transmitter, and processor, as well as an internal portion with a receiver and electrodes.

Cochlear implants are most recommended for deaf children and adult patients, nor for patients with moderate to severe hearing loss that hearing aids and other external devices do not assist with.

Learn More About Implantable Hearing Devices in McLean Today!

Our board-certified team here at ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery is proud to offer a multitude of devices fit to meet your needs. We specialize in both pediatric and adult hearing care, so book your appointment with us today at 703-448-0005!

We are more than happy to answer questions about implantable hearing devices and more, and we can’t wait to help you!