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Implantable hearing aids

Lookup NU author(s): Paul Counter


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The aim of this article is to give readers a general overview of the concepts involved in the latest generation of implantable hearing aids. A section on ear biomechanics has also been included to familiarize readers with the basic concepts involved. These devices have been developed over the last 20 years, driven by problems with conventional hearing aids and by advances in the understanding of middle-ear mechanics. The use of technology borrowed from cochlear implants has enabled the first generation of fully implantable aids to be trialled. The author examines the theoretical advantages and disadvantages of implantable hearing aids over conventional aids and then reviews the technology and clinical results of a range of devices that have been trialled. © IMechE 2008.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Counter P

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine

Year: 2008

Volume: 222

Issue: 6

Pages: 837-852

ISSN (print): 0954-4119

ISSN (electronic): 2041-3033


DOI: 10.1243/09544119JEIM365

PubMed id: 18935801