Oticon Ponto Pro
The Oticon Ponto Pro is another type of bone-anchored auditory processor system. This system is divided into 3 main components:
- Sound Processor: The sound processor, which sits behind the ear, picks up sound through a microphone. The sound is amplified and converted into sound vibrations.
- Abutment: The abutment, or connector, links the sound processor and a titanium implant, transferring the sound vibrations from the sound processor to the implant.
- Titanium Implant: The titanium implant is a small fixture surgically placed behind the ear in an outpatient procedure. It naturally fuses with bone and transfers sound vibrations to the inner ear.
Because children with microtia and atresia lack an ear canal, sound must be received by the processor. This processor will pick up the sound waves and transform them into sound vibrations and send them via the abutment and implant through the skull. The vibration will travel directly to the inner ear where impulses will be directed to the hearing part of the brain.
The abutment and implant system is very small. The Ponto Pro processor sits just behind the ear.
At what age can the Oticon Ponto Pro bone-anchored hearing system begin?
The implant is designed for patients 5 years of age and older.
How many surgeries does it take to complete the Oticon Ponto Pro bone-anchored hearing system
There are two possibilities:
- One-Stage Surgery
The implant and abutment are placed at the same time. The patient can be fit with the audio processor in about 3 months, depending on the individual patient evaluation.
- Two-Stage Surgery
The implant is placed during the first procedure. The abutment is placed 3-6 months later during a second procedure. The patient can be fit with the audio processor after 10 days, depending on the individual patient evaluation.