Your brain – the most important part of hearing

BrainHearingª provides audibility and signal processing that support the brain's cognitive processes.

When we think about hearing, we automatically think about the ears, even though sound is actually heard and processed by the brain. Hearing loss puts extra strain on the brain, which then has to work harder to decode the sound signals it receives. 

That is why we provide audibility and signal processing that support the brain’s cognitive processes. BrainHearing™ is about making listening easy for every user—whether they are learning at school, attending a meeting at work or socialising with friends.



Impact beyond better hearing

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    Learn faster1

    1. Pittman, A. Bone conduction amplification in children: Stimulation via a percutaneous abutment vs. a transcutaneous softband. Ear Hear (under review).

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    Remember more2

    2. Lunner, T. et al. (2016). Using Speech Recall in Hearing Aid Fitting and Outcome Evaluation Under Ecological Test Conditions. Ear Hear 37 Suppl. 1: 145S-154S.

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    Less effort3

    3. Bianchi, F. et al. Benefit of higher maximum force output on listening effort in bone-anchored hearing system users: a pupillometry study. Ear Hear (under review).

Supporting BrainHearing™

Direct Sound Transmission and the Inium Sense platform are the enablers of BrainHearing™ for Ponto and the prerequisites for delivering the output, bandwidth and clarity users need to experience powerful sound quality.

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    Direct Sound Transmission

    Direct Sound Transmission systems like the Ponto 3 abutment solution, which has a direct connection to the bone, can provide an extra 10–20 dB of output in the mid- to high-frequency range.4 This range contains the most important sound information for understanding speech.

  • Inium Sense

    Inium Sense Platform

    The Inium Sense chip delivers increased processing power and advanced sound processing technologies for improved signal clarity. This helps the brain to decode sound and focus on the important hearing details.

Direct Sound Transmission means less listening effort

If the brain is not getting the right sounds to work with, it takes intense effort to create meaning. We know patients hear best when nothing stands between them and the sounds they want to hear. Direct Sound Transmission provides more sound to support the brain’s cognitive processes, which reduces the effort spent on listening.5

  • More power thanks to Brainhearing
  • 13% improvement of words correctly recalled thanks to Direct Sound Transmission

 

1. Pittman, A. Bone conduction amplification in children: Stimulation via a percutaneous abutment vs. a transcutaneous softband. Ear Hear (in press).
2. Lunner, T. et al. (2016). Using Speech Recall in Hearing Aid Fitting and Outcome Evaluation Under Ecological Test Conditions. Ear Hear 37 Suppl 1: 145S-154S.
3. Bianchi, F. et al. Benefit of higher maximum force output on listening effort in bone-anchored hearing system users: a pupillometry study. Ear Hear (In press).

Depending on patient indication the perceived benefit may vary.

4. Verstraeten, N., Zarowski, A.J., Somers, T., Riff, D. and Offeciers, E.F. (2008). Comparison of the audiological results obtained with the bone anchored hearing aid attached to the headband, the test band and to the “snap” abutment. Otology & Neurotology 30: 70–75
5. Lunner, T., Rudner, M., Rosenbom, T., Ågren, J. and Ng EHN (2016). Using speech recall in hearing aid fitting and outcome evaluation under ecological test conditions. Ear & Hearing 37 Suppl 1: 145S-154S
6. Briggs, R., Van Hasselt, A., Luntz, M., Goycoolea, M., Wigren, S., Weber, P., ... & Cowan, R. (2015). Clinical performance of a new magnetic bone conduction hearing implant system: results from a prospective, multicenter, clinical investigation. Otology & Neurotology, 36(5), 834-841