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Could New Implant Replace Traditional Hearing Devices?

Called the “Lasik for hearing loss,” Esteem, the world’s first invisible implantable hearing restoration device, is currently being showcased in select cities across the country.

Created by Envoy Medical Corporation, Esteem is the only FDA-approved fully implanted active middle ear hearing device to be used for the treatment of moderate-to-severe sensorineural hearing loss in adults. Unlike traditional cochlear implants, Esteem requires no external components and is waterproof, produces 4.5 to 9 years of battery life (depending on usage), uses no artificial microphone and requires no daily maintenance.

Since its founding in 1995, the Envoy Medical Corporation has worked to design and develop the world’s first fully implantable, sophisticated hearing restoration device.  Its Board of Directors include Allen U. Lenzmeier, longtime Best Buy executive and former president of Best Buy retail stores, and Jerry Ruzicka, president of Starkey Hearing Technologies.

Currently, those with various degrees of hearing difficulty find success with traditionally worn hearing devices, especially given the technological advancements they boast, such as smartphone connectivity, wireless connectivity, waterproof options, feedback cancellation, automatic setting adjustments, nearly invisible designs, and more.

But as hearing device implants progress to a more mainstream level, those diagnosed with hearing difficulties could eventually be presented with two solution options: a surgical implant or a traditionally worn hearing device.  According to industry experts, by the time implants are more widely accepted by the general public, traditional hearing devices will most likely feature even more sophisticated technology than they currently do and be available in a variety of even sleeker designs to create a more natural listening experience for users.

While it is unique, Esteem is just one of several recent advancements made to traditional hearing device implant technology.

To learn more about today’s advanced hearing device features, click here.

Last updated: July 1, 2014

 

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