Middle Ear Implantable Hearing Devices For over two decades, corporate and academic researchers have worked to develop practical middle ear implantable hearing devices (MEIHDs). Now that two such devices are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for sale in the United States, and several more are in development, it is time for clinicians ... Supplement Article
Supplement Article  |   December 01, 2002
Middle Ear Implantable Hearing Devices
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jonathan H. Spindel
    College of Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University, MSC 4310, Harrisonburg, VA22807
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: spindejh@jmu.edu
Article Information
Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Supplement: Implantable Hearing Device Symposium
Supplement Article   |   December 01, 2002
Middle Ear Implantable Hearing Devices
American Journal of Audiology, December 2002, Vol. 11, 104-113. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2002/019)
History: Received November 26, 2002 , Accepted December 18, 2002
 
American Journal of Audiology, December 2002, Vol. 11, 104-113. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2002/019)
History: Received November 26, 2002; Accepted December 18, 2002

For over two decades, corporate and academic researchers have worked to develop practical middle ear implantable hearing devices (MEIHDs). Now that two such devices are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for sale in the United States, and several more are in development, it is time for clinicians to consider these devices as more than a passing idea. With more than 1500 implants in place worldwide, clinical evidence that describes the value of these devices as tools for the rehabilitation of sensorineural hearing loss is plentiful. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of MEIHDs and to provide the clinician with some background of MEIHD technologies to help in the analysis of these devices as they appear on the market.

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