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How are middle ear implants used for hearing loss?

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A surgeon attaches a small device to one of the bones of your middle ear so it can move them directly, which sends stronger sound vibrations to the inner ear. The implants help people with sensorineural hearing loss. Because they go in the middle ear, they're almost completely hidden. They also don't cause feedback and can stay in place when you swim or bathe, depending on the type of implant you have.

From: Treatments for Hearing Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Aids," "Cochlear Implants."

Hearing Loss Association of America: "Living With Hearing Loss," "Types, Causes and Treatment."

Audiology Online: "Middle Ear Implants."

University of California, Irvine: "Bone Anchored Hearing Device."

ENT Today: "Middle Ear Implants Offer Potential: New breed of devices may stimulate compliance, experts say."

Reviewed by Brandon Isaacson on June 01, 2016

SOURCES:

National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Aids," "Cochlear Implants."

Hearing Loss Association of America: "Living With Hearing Loss," "Types, Causes and Treatment."

Audiology Online: "Middle Ear Implants."

University of California, Irvine: "Bone Anchored Hearing Device."

ENT Today: "Middle Ear Implants Offer Potential: New breed of devices may stimulate compliance, experts say."

Reviewed by Brandon Isaacson on June 01, 2016

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