The Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) is a middle ear implant system for individuals who have mild to severe conductive/mixed or sensorineural type of hearing loss. The technology of the Vibrant Soundbridge bypasses the outer ear in order to directly stimulate middle ear structures. The system consists of an internal and an external component.
The audio processor is held onto the patient’s head with a magnet and can be worn discreetly underneath the hair. It consists of a battery, microphone and electronics responsible for digital signal processing. Sounds are picked up by the microphone of the audio processor and transmitted to the internal implant.
The Vibrating Ossicular Prosthesis (VORP) implant is placed underneath the skin through surgery. It consists of a magnet to hold the audio processor over the implant and a Floating Mass Transducer (FMT) which is attached to the tiny bones (ossicles) of the middle ear.
Candidacy criteria is based on audiological and medical investigations.