Auditory Implant Service

Middle Ear Implant Programme

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The University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service welcomes referrals for consideration for a middle ear implant for patients who have moderate to severe hearing loss and cannot use a hearing aid. The service includes assessment, implantation and life long follow-up for middle ear implant recipients.

What is it?

Middle ear implants are surgically implanted hearing aids which send a signal to the middle ear without the need for ear moulds. Middle ear implants can be fully implantable or semi-implantable.

How does it work?

Middle Ear Implants work using a microphone to pick up sound, process it and deliver it via a mechanical vibration directly to the middle ear.

Who is it for?

A middle ear implant is suitable for people with moderate to severe hearing losses who are unable to gain benefit from hearing aids because of any of the following:

  • Recurrent otitis externa
  • Feedback
  • Occlusion effect
  • Ear mould discomfort
  • Abnormal meatus
  • Abnormal pinna
  • Meatal stenosis
  • Atresia
  • Mastoid cavity problems

People with sensorineural or mixed hearing losses may be suitable.

Patient benefit

Patients report the following benefits

  • No discomfort
  • Able to use consistently
  • More natural sound
  • Benefit in background noise
  • No feedback issues
  • Cosmetically appealing

Sound processor and internal components of a middle ear implant

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Please feel free to contact us for further information: ais@southampton.ac.uk