Oticon Medical is a branch of the company Demant A/S that focuses on implantable hearing solutions. In the U.S., Oticon Medical offers bone-anchored hearing systems. The company also distributes cochlear implants in other parts of the world.
Bone-anchored hearing systems
The primary devices produced by Oticon Medical for the U.S. market are known as bone-anchored hearing systems (BAHS). These devices are comprised of two parts — a metal implant behind the ear and a sound processor that sits on the surface of the skull. The sound processor portion contains a microphone that picks up sounds in the environment, just like a traditional hearing aid.
That’s where the similarity between the two devices ends. While a traditional hearing aid delivers amplified sound into the ear canal that travels through the middle ear and to the inner ear, a BAHS converts the sounds into mechanical energy that vibrates the skull to deliver the sound directly to the inner ear. These devices are often a potential treatment for people who have at least one normally functioning inner ear, such as single-sided deafness (SSD) or conductive hearing loss.
The Ponto system
Oticon Medical's flagship product is the PontoTM 4 system. This unique system consists of:
Unique features of the Ponto 4:
Several features set Ponto devices apart from the competition, including:
Sound processor upgrades from earlier bone-conduction systems are sometimes possible. The current Ponto 4 was preceded by the Ponto, Ponto Pro, Ponto Plus and Ponto 3.
Cochlear implant solutions — not available in the U.S.
Oticon Medical also develops and markets cochlear implant solutions for children and adults in other parts of the world. Their current cochlear implant is called the Neuro system. Names of components you may see include Neuro Zti, Neuro One and Neuro 2.
Learn more about Oticon Medical
Specially trained audiologists and ENT physicians work together to implant, program and help you maintain this type of hearing treatment solution. Contact a clinic affiliated with Oticon Medical to learn more about bone-conducted hearing solutions.