FDA Approves New Nonsurgical Bone Conduction Hearing Technology The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved in May the sale of a new non-surgical bone conduction hearing technology. Bone conduction—in which skull bones transmit sound waves directly to the inner ear—may be appropriate for people who have hearing loss from problems with the eardrum, ear canal or middle ear. ... News in Brief
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FDA Approves New Nonsurgical Bone Conduction Hearing Technology
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News in Brief   |   July 01, 2018
FDA Approves New Nonsurgical Bone Conduction Hearing Technology
The ASHA Leader, July 2018, Vol. 23, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB1.23072018.8
The ASHA Leader, July 2018, Vol. 23, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB1.23072018.8
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved in May the sale of a new non-surgical bone conduction hearing technology.
Bone conduction—in which skull bones transmit sound waves directly to the inner ear—may be appropriate for people who have hearing loss from problems with the eardrum, ear canal or middle ear. Traditional systems require implant surgery in the skull behind the affected ear, and an external sound processor attaches to the implant.
ADHEAR, a product of MED-EL USA, is an option for people with conductive hearing loss who are not candidates for—or who don’t want to have—bone conduction implant surgery. It’s also an option for people with single-sided deafness and normal hearing on the contralateral side.
ADHEAR uses a disposable adhesive adapter placed onto the skin behind the ear. A lightweight audio processor clicks on and off the adapter, which lasts for three to seven days.
Until now, non-surgical bone conduction devices have required pressure against the user’s head. ADHEAR stays in position without applying pressure onto the skin.
The new system is scheduled to be released this summer.
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