Sophono, Inc. has developed the world’s first abutment-free, implantable bone anchored hearing device. The Alpha System™ eliminates the problematic abutment of other devices by using magnets to securely affix the external sound processor to a titanium implant.
This long-awaited solution to the abutment was developed in Germany and the inventors joined forces with Sophono to bring the world of sound an abutment-free solution for patients who suffer from hearing disorders where traditional air-conduction hearing aids fail to have an impact due to canal and middle ear malfunction.
The Alpha devices are indicated for:
- Mixed Hearing Loss
- Conductive Hearing Loss
- Single-Sided Deafness
The implantable Alpha System is for use by patients 5 years of age and older. The sound processor is affixed without hair removal and without a permanent opening through the skin. The external processor is connected magnetically to the surgically implanted internal device that houses hermetically sealed magnets in a titanium case. This implant component is secured to the mastoid bone behind the ear with maxillo-facial screws. For more detailed information, click on Alpha Clinical/Surgical Information.
The Alpha Headband System™ and Alpha Softband Systems™ allow patients who prefer not to have an implant or who do not meet the minimum age requirements for implantation to be able to use the Alpha sound processor. The digital sound processor is coupled to the patient’s choice of bands and vibrates the bone through the skin without the use of magnetic coupling. The Alpha can be used by patients of any age.