How Hearing works?
Types of hearing loss?
Conductive Hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound conduction is disrupted in the outer or middle ear. Conductive hearing loss occurs generally between the ranges of 25 to 65 decibels indicating mild or moderate hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss can be treated by using suitable hearing aids, a middle ear implant or a bone conduction implant.
Sensorineural hearing loss
Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the hair cells in the cochlear are absent or impaired. Sensorineural hearing loss can be a permanent impairment ranging from mild, moderate, profound to severe hearing losses in some cases. Mild to severe losses can be treated with hearing aids or middle ear implants whereas severe to profound hearing loss cases can opt for a cochlear implant. In some cases, the hearing loss could be in the high frequency regions that can be supported by electric and acoustic stimulation (EAS) developed exclusively for this purpose.
Mixed Hearing loss
Mixed hearing loss occurs when the person has both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss causing problems on both inner and outer/ middle ear. Mixed hearing loss can be treated by surgery, hearing aids, middle ear implants or bone conduction implant.
Neural Hearing loss
Neural hearing losses are caused due to damages in the auditory nerve that transmits the signals from the cochlea to the brain. Neural hearing losses are generally profound and permanent, hence the use of hearing aids or hearing implants may prove unsuccessful. However, in many cases an Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) may be a curative option.
Types of Hearing Implants
The cochlear implant is an implantable device that can be used to regain the sense of hearing for persons with severe to profound hearing losses. Hearing aids generally will not benefit for persons with sensorineural hearing losses. The CI is composed of two devices the implant that rests under the skin of the skull with an electrode array that is carefully inserted in to the cochlear as a replacement for impaired hair cells and an external processor that receives sounds and generates electrical signals which is transferred via magnetic contact to the implant for electrical stimulation. Click here to view the MEDEL cochlear implant technology used by MEDCON.
How a Cochlear implant works?
Middle ear implant
The middle ear implant is an implantable device that can be used to regain the sense of hearing for persons with mild to severe hearing losses. Hearing aids can be an option however to regain the natural hearing capability, a middle ear implant can be used. The middle ear implant consists of two modules the processor that attaches on the outer skin of the skull and an implantable device that is placed surgically under the skin of the skull. The processor converts sound stimulations to electrical signals that are then transferred to the implant via magnetic contact. The implant then transfers the signals to the floating mass transducer (FMT) that produces corresponding mechanical vibrations in the middle ear structure (the ossicular chain) in order to allow the cochlear to comprehend the signals thus regaining natural hearing. Click here to view the MEDEL middle ear implant system used by MEDCON.
How Middle ear implant works?
Bone bridge implant
The Bone bridge implant is an implantable device that can be used to regain natural hearing in persons that have lasting hearing loss following an middle ear operation, malformations. The bone bridge implant is also an option for people with conductive and mixed hearing losses. The bone conduction implant consists of 2 modules, an external processor and an implant that is surgically placed under the skin. The Bone bridge implant receives sound stimulations from the environment and converts it to electrical signal that is then transferred via magnetic contact to the implant. The implant then transmits the sound waves via conduction to the inner ear where it is processed as sound.
How Bone bridge implant works?
Medpor Implants by STRYKER, are special polymer plus bone mass implants that provide patients with microtia (deformed ear pinna) with a reconstructed ear through plastic surgery. The Medpor implants are crafted by surgeons and is covered with a very thin layer of living tissue taken from beneath the scalp allowing the medpor implant to integrate with the living tissue. After few weeks the ear would heal with a completed healthy pinna structure would be revealed.
Why you should not hesitate to use a hearing implant?
The hearing implant is a revolutionary technology that can help persons with severe hearing impairment to hear naturally like everyone else. Hearing is one of the crucial human senses that are often neglected. The hearing implant not only regains the natural hearing senses but also helps the wearer to effectively communicate with people in social situations. The ability to respond to people’s questions determines a person’s personality in social situations. Also, continuous inability to communicate to people can create psychological implications and fatigue. Using a hearing implant will almost eliminate the hearing loss and thereby allow the user to enjoy the sounds of life.
Why your hearing implant should be from us?
Product Quality and Technology
MEDEL is one of the three hearing implant manufacturers in the world. The implants are manufactured in Austria and are supplied to over 100 countries around the globe. The technology and R&D at MEDEL is unparalleled to any other hearing implant company in the world. The introduction of Rondo processor which is small and eliminates the use of wires, the ability to use the implant in moist and dusty conditions (water resistance), the patented design of a longer electrode array that spans the complete cochlea contributing to better range of hearing are few of MEDEL’s unique technology advancements in the past few years. Medcon are the sole distributors of MEDEL in Sri Lanka that provides complete products and services. Click here to view the range of hearing implants.
Medcon’s provides one to two years international warranty depending on the product. Whether your hearing implant from is from us or from any other country, Medcon will be able to provide its services in terms of re-programming or repair services as long the products are from MEDEL.
Medcon provides a variety of services to its clientele including fully-fledged audiological and medical services with comprehensive warranties and repair labs at the head office. Medcon has functioned successfully for over 10 years in the health care business because of its strong loyal customer base, fostered through our excellent service standards.
Availability of compatible accessories
Medcon has access to all compatible accessories for the hearing implant ranges. The accessories include wireless communication devices, phone adapters, TV adapters, remote controllers etc. View our hearing accessories for more details.
Medcon has branches in Nugegoda (Colombo), Kandy (Central Province), Matara (Southern Province) and Jaffna (Northern Province) and many other distributors ranging from opticians to medical clinics around the island. Contact us to find out on how to reach our products and services effortlessly.
Our mission at Medcon, is to provide our clients the best products and services. Since 2005 we have tremendously improved our services and currently reaching out to excellence in service standards. Medcon has completed over 115 implants (till July 2015) and provides services to over 140 implant users in Sri Lanka; hence we are a trusted brand in the market.