- The Vibrant Soundbridge
The Vibrant Soundbridge is the most successful middle ear implant in the world and was invented in 1996 by Geoffrey Ball who was also the first person to be implanted. It has opened possibilities for people who have not benefited from conventional hearing aids due to a conductive loss from chronic ear canal, middle ear pathology or unsuccessful middle ear surgery. The basic concept is that it can bypass the middle ear and send the signal through vibration directly to the cochlear where it is perceived as normal sound. It can be an effective solution for people who have a conductive or mixed loss.
The Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) consists of the Amade external processor and the internal implant component called the Floating Mass Transducer which can enable various forms of hearing loss to be managed with an improvement in a natural sound quality for speech and natural sounds.