We take care of your implant so that it functions at its best. At Oberlin Hörpunkt, cochlear and middle ear implants are fitted and adjusted. In addition, we offer a spare part service. We are a certified partner of the market-leading manufacturers Advanced Bionics, Cochlear, MED-EL and Oticon Medical.
Even profound hearing loss can be compensated by using hearing implants. In fact, even a deaf or deafened person can learn to hear or regain this ability with a hearing prosthesis. Depending on the type and degree of hearing loss, different hearing implants are employed, e.g. cochlear and middle ear implants:
What is a cochlear implant and how does it work?
A cochlear implant (CI) is a hearing prosthesis. It supplements or replaces the non-functioning cochlea in the inner ear and stimulates the auditory nerve. The CI consists of an implant that is placed under the skin behind the ear in a surgical treatment. The visible component is the speech processor, which sits outside behind the ear and is connected to a coil via a cable. The coil is magnetically attached to the head above the implant.
The speech processor is the transmitter. It picks up sound through a microphone and converts it into electrical signals. A coil sends these signals to the implant through the skin. The implant is the receiver. It has an electrode array that is inserted into the cochlea and its electrodes replace the missing or damaged hair cells. The implant converts the signals into electrical impulses. These are transmitted via the electrodes to the cochlea, on to the auditory nerve and finally to the brain where they are perceived as acoustic signals.
What is a middle ear implant and how does it work?
A middle ear implant is a hearing prosthesis that stimulates the middle ear. Like a cochlear implant, it consists of an implant that is placed under the skin behind the ear in a surgical treatment. The visible component is the speech processor, which sits outside behind the ear. This is connected to a coil via a cable. The coil is magnetically attached to the head above the implant.
The speech processor converts sound into electrical signals. These are transmitted to the implant through the skin. It transmits the signals to a vibrating body. This converts the signal into mechanical vibrations that set the ossicles in the middle ear in motion. These vibrations are transmitted to the inner ear and from there to the brain where they are perceived as acoustic signals.
Our specially trained audiology experts will take over the aftercare following the surgery. This includes the regular adjustment of the speech processor of your implant. We accompany you also during the continuous optimization as well as the changeover to new generations of processors, and the maintenance of the devices. We also take care of repairs.