1365 - Active middle ear implants for sensorineural hearing loss

Page last updated: 25 October 2016

Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

Insertion 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 Condition

An 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.

Reason for Application

New MBS item

Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form


PICO Confirmation

Final Protocol (PDF 609 KB)
Final Protocol (Word 763 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document (PDF 295 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 325 KB)

Meetings for this Application


16 to 17 April 2014


12 to 13 February 2015


1 to 2 April 2015