Australian Government - Department of Health

Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC)

1365 - Active middle ear implants for sensorineural hearing loss

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Resubmission: Please see Application 1365.1

Application Number1365
Application NameActive middle ear implant for sensorineural hearing loss
Description of Medical ServiceInsertion of an active middle ear implant. A signal from an audio processor is transmitted to the internal component and transformed into vibrations that stimulate the ossicles in the middle ear.

The internal component of the implant is crimped or attached to the long process of the incus to mechanically drive the ossicular chain. The amplified vibrations can be adjusted via an external auditory processor to suit different kinds and degrees of hearing loss.
Description of Medical ConditionAn active middle ear implant is used in individuals with mild to severe sensorineural hearing loss who cannot use or sufficiently benefit from conventional hearing aids. However, these individuals can still benefit from the amplification of sound. Individuals with sensorineural hearing loss will have air conduction hearing thresholds within the mild to severe range. All active middle ear implant candidates will have speech perception discrimination of at least 50% correct with appropriate amplified sound.
Consultation Protocol25 June 2014 -18 July 2014
Consultation Protocol (PDF 444 KB)
Consultation Protocol (Word 487 KB)

Survey and Feedback Form - 1365 (PDF 34 KB)
Survey and Feedback Form - 1365 (Word 105 KB)
Final Protocol Final Protocol (PDF 609 KB)
Final Protocol (Word 763 KB)
MSAC OutcomesPublic Summary Document (PDF 295 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 325 KB)

Meetings for this Application

Meeting Type:Date:
PASC16 to 17 April 2014
ESC 12 to 13 February 2015
MSAC 1 to 2 April 2015

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