What Is It?
Envoy Medical has produced the world’s first FDA approved totally implantable hearing device specifically engineered to help improve the hearing of adults diagnosed with moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss. It is called the “Esteem” and it is a breakthrough in technology that actually utilizes your own eardrum as the sound collection mechanism rather than using a synthetic microphone. The results are truly amazing in terms of sound clarity, quality and ease of use.
Because the Esteem is a true implant, it’s invisible. There are no external components and nothing is inserted in your ear canal. Unlike hearing aids, you never put it on or take it off, you can’t lose it, you don’t clean it and as a result, you rarely have to think about it.
How It Works
Esteem works with your ear’s anatomy to let sound in the way nature intended. There are no microphones to distort conversations or amplify wind. And there is nothing in your ear canal to block sound’s natural path. Instead, the device’s three components work together with your ear to deliver Esteem’s natural hearing. These include:
- Esteem Sensor
Sound enters your outer ear and funnels down your ear canal causing your eardrum to vibrate. All as it naturally would. The Esteem Sensor then converts the vibrations into electrical signals that are sent to the implanted Esteem Sound Processor.
- Esteem Sound Processor
Then the Esteem Sound Processor receives, adjusts and intensifies the signals to fit your unique hearing needs.
- Esteem Driver
The Esteem Driver translates these customized signals to intensified vibrations. The vibrations are transferred to the inner ear where the cochlea cells are stimulated, causing you to hear more natural sound. The Personal Programmer lets you make adjustments for the specific hearing situation (not shown in diagram)