Middle ear implants mechanically vibrate the middle ear structures.
These vibrations can be amplified and adjusted to compensate for different types and degrees of hearing loss.
- Sounds are picked up by the microphone of the audio processor.
- The audio processor converts environmental sounds into electrical signals.
- The electrical signals are transmitted across the skin to the implanted part.
- The implant relays the signal down to the FMT (Floating Mass Transducer).
- The FMT converts the signal into mechanical vibrations that directly stimulate a middle ear structure (e.g., the ossicular chain) causing it to vibrate.
- These vibrations then conduct sound to the inner ear where they are passed on to the brain and are perceived as sound
To watch a video of how it works click here.