Middle ear hearing aid implant in Iran
There is a considerable rate of people who suffer from hearing loss around the world, because of conductive hearing loss or sensorineural hearing loss or both. 15% to 20% of these people could not benefit from conventional hearing aid devices for many reasons such the recurrent outer ear infection, narrow and closed ear canals or malformed ears. In these cases, middle ear hearing aid implant surgery presents the best solution provided the inner ear and the auditory nerve are intact or act partially.
However, having the surgery done by a proficient surgeon might cost a fortune in most countries. Here, Iran appears as a country where you can have your surgery done by an expert, at an affordable price. Please continue reading to know more about middle ear hearing aid implant in Iran with Dr. Saeedi, the renowned ENT surgeon in Tehran.
Why opt for middle ear hearing aid implant in Iran?
Iran has developed medical facilities (hospitals and clinics) and advanced medical equipment as well as distinguished ENT surgeons. If you are not covered with insurance or you are looking for a distinguished surgeon with moderate middle ear hearing aid implants cost, Iran offers you such possibility, due to distinguished surgeons and cheap currency in the country.
Middle ear hearing aid implant in Iran with Dr. Saeedi
Dr. Masoumeh Saeedi is a well known ENT surgeon and otolaryngologist in Iran. She has done thousands of complex successful surgeries on Iranian patients and patients from all around the world. In addition to her fellowship in ear and skull base surgery and her many courses related to the latest developments of her specialization in several countries, she is an associate professor in Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, where she academically follows the most advances in her specialty.
Please contact us now for a free consultation on middle ear hearing aid implant in Iran with Dr. Saeedi through the doctor’s social media or through this website to get the best hearing aid implant surgery.
How much does middle ear hearing aid implant surgery cost in Iran with Dr. Saeedi
The cost of middle ear hearing aid implant surgery is about $30,000 – $50,000 in the USA. It is a very large sum if you are not covered with insurance. However, Iran offers you this surgery with a small fraction of this sum, at hands of a very experienced ENT surgeon like Dr. Saeedi.
Please feel free and contact us for free online specialized consultation on middle ear hearing aid implant in Iran with Dr. Saeedi and to know the exact figure of hearing aid implants price through the Doctor’s social media channels or through this website.
What are middle ear hearing aid implants?
Patients usually use conventional hearing aid devices to compensate for conductive hear loss. These conventional hearing aids usually magnify the sounds that reach to and move the eardrum, which vibrates and moves the middle ear bones. These auditory bones are attached to the cochlea and through the auditory nerve to the brain that interprets these sounds. However, for patients who suffer from conductive hearing loss or sensorineural hearing loss or both, hearing aid and implant is an appropriate solution to convoy the sound through an electrode directly to the middle ear bones.
Middle ear hearing aid implant is a small device that is surgically implanted behind the ear and attached to the outer apparent processor and in the other hand to the bones of the middle ear.
In the natural hearing act and in conventional hearing aid device, the sound moves usually through the eardrum to the middle ear bones to reach the auditory nerve then to the brain, which interprets these signals as a sound. This is while middle ear implants change sound to an electrical signal that moves the bones of the middle ear through an electrode.
What are middle ear hearing aid implant types?
There are two types of middle ear implants:
- Electromagnetic middle ear implants. In this type, an external microphone in an apparent processor transfers the sound through an inductive coil to a magnetic field. The implant receives these signals, and the transducer within it, attached to inner bones by an electrode, convoys the magnetic field to electrical signals that vibrate the middle ear bones.
- Piezoelectric middle ear implants. This other type is a small piece of crystal that lies on the middle ear bones and may contract and generate an electric charge that moves the middle ear ossicles. The original charge is generated dues to the incoming sound waves through a fully implantable middle ear implant system that contains a transducer that changes these waves to an electric charge. Being a totally implantable middle ear implant, its transducer needs two connection points, one to the middle ear bones and the other to the bony wall of the middle ear.
Although devices are larger and partially implantable middle ear implants in the electromagnetic approach, but this implant can be used for patients with severe hearing loss. This is while the piezoelectric approach is limited to mild and moderate hearing loss because of its limited output.
How do hearing aid implants work?
The components of middle ear implant are mainly two parts: an outer part (the processor) and the inner surgically implanted part, which is usually behind the ear. The processor contains a microphone that amplifies sound. The implant receives and transforms the sound by a transducer to electrical signals that reach the middle ear bones then the membrane window of the cochlea and finally the auditory nerve and the brain that interprets those signals as sounds.
The processor and the implant are connected with each other with a magnet within the implant.
Who is a good candidate for middle ear implant?
Generally, hearing aid implants are done for patients who suffer from senorineural hearing loss or conductive hearing loss and mixed hearing loss. The patient who has the inner ear and auditory nerve intact is a middle ear implant candidate and can benefit from middle ear implants. Moreover, some special cases who can benefit from the surgery include:
- Patients who cannot tolerate hearing aid device
- Patient who suffer from an obstruction of the outer or middle ear
- Patient who do not benefit from sound amplification.
Although lyric hearing aid implants are invisible hearing aid implants and they are hearing aid inserts that are completely near the eardrum, but some patients might not benefit from them.
Preparing for a middle aid implant surgery
When the surgeon evaluates the patient’s condition through several examinations and tests to decide whether he/she is a good candidate for a middle ear hearing aid implants surgery, the surgeon orders the candidate to stop:
- Taking blood thinners for several days before the day of surgery
- Eating and drinking after midnight of the day before the surgery
The doctor may also ask for some blood tests, CT scans and MRI images.
How is middle ear implant surgery done?
The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia.
The surgeon makes an incision behind and above the ear and removes some of the mastoid bone where he/she will put the implant. After that, the surgeon makes a small opening in the bone near the middle ear to insert the thread of electrode that reaches the middle ear.
Middle ear implants complications and risks
Generally, middle ear implant surgery is safe, but like any other surgery, there are some complications such bleeding, infection, device malfunction, facial nerve weakness, tinnitus, dizziness, and little hearing improvement. The meningitis is rare in long term.
What are the pros and the cons of middle ear implants?
The advantages of middle ear implants are to restore hearing, though partially, which means facilitating the life and integrate the person in the community, especially for babies and children giving the life itself additional value.
On the other hand, the cons include
- Middle ear implants restore hearing partially.
- In some rare cases, there are no positive results, and the middle ear implant replacement is necessary.
- Middle ear implants need continuous care.
Middle ear hearing aid implants vs. cochlear implant
The main difference between middle ear implant and cochlear implant is that the first is attached to middle ear bones while cochlear implant is attached to the cochlea.
Middle ear implant vs. Baha
The difference between middle ear implants and Baha (bone-anchored hearing aid) is the latter is passive middle ear implant that convoys signals through the bones while the signals in active middle ear implants move through an electrode to the auditory bones.
Does insurance cover hearing aid implants?
Fortunately, insurance cover hearing aid implants cost, but you may pay some special billings that does not cost you a lot of money.