Fully-implantable hearing aid success
A panel set up by the FDA has recommended by a vote of 15-0 that they will approve of the first fully-implantable hearing aid for patients with moderate to severe hearing loss.
The Esteem hearing system was found to improve hearing better than partially-implanted hearing aids, this is dispite some reported side effects including the sense of taste being disrupted for some time.
It is not normal for the FDA to ignore the recommendations of one of its advisory panels but it can should it wish too.
Improvements to hearing was reported by all participants in a company sponsored trial.
Envoy Medical Corp. of St. Paul, Minn who make the Esteem hearing system say that Esteem works by replicating the ossicular chain which amplify sound vibrations that enter the middle ear.
The device is implanted in the middle ear and requires separating the three bones that make up the ossicular chain of the middle ear, and also removing part of the incus.
When asked 85% said their activity was somewhat or much better, this is a remarkable finding said Sean from http://discounthearingaidssite.com
this is a very encouraging trial that needs to be replicated in a non company sponsored trial.