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UC professor discusses new implant to help hearing impaired individuals

About 15 percent of all American adults report some trouble hearing, yet fewer than one in three people who could benefit from hearing aids have ever used them. Now, a new hearing implant has the potential to help people with hearing issues who have been unable to use devices in the past.

Ravi Samy, MD, professor in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and chief of the UC Division of Otology/Neurotology, spoke with Ivanhoe Broadcasting for a segment about a new implant designed to help hearing impaired patients. The Bonebridge is placed behind the ear underneath the skin. When activated, the device restores hearing to patients who partially or fully lost it previously.

Bonebridge is also the world’s first active bone conduction implant system, which sends sounds directly to the inner ear by way of vibration, bypassing the outer and middle ear. This system can be life-changing for people who do not have a functional or intact hearing system and who are not able to wear traditional hearing aids.

Listen to the full interview with Ravi Samy, MD, online.

Coverage of the Bonebridge was also featured on other stations:

WJET-TV, Erie, Pa.

Learn more about the Bonebridge and Ravi Samy, MD, online.

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