Mother Nature Would be Proud
The Esteem Hearing Implant is designed to work with your patient’s natural anatomy. And unlike conventional hearing aids, it does not use a speaker or an artificial microphone. By utilizing the natural structures of the outer ear, the ear canal, and the ear drum, the Esteem helps reduce background noise, distortion, and acoustic feedback typical of conventional hearing aids.
The surgery for Esteem implantation involves the usual techniques for mastoid surgery in addition to an extended facial recess surgical approach to access the ossicular chain. The hospital stay typically required for the Esteem implantation is generally brief or considered an outpatient procedure.
An incision is made behind the ear to allow access to the middle ear space. During the implant procedure, the ossicular chain is disarticulated (surgically separated). The tip of the Sensor and Driver extend into the middle ear. The surgeon connects the Sensor and Driver to the incus and stapes, respectively. The Sound Processor is implanted behind the ear, under the scalp. Insulated wires connect the Sound Processor to the Sensor and Driver. Once the Esteem is implanted, it is completely invisible to others, and does not interfere with bathing, showering, swimming, or other normal physical activities.
For approximately 8 weeks after surgery, patients will not be able to hear through the ear in which the Esteem is implanted. Patients report that for several days after the surgery, they have some tenderness, but very little pain. After healing, the surgical incision is nearly invisible, appearing as a thin line that is generally hidden by the patient’s hair.