BONEBRIDGE Implant System from MED−EL

The BONEBRIDGE, the world's first active bone conduction implant system, can be an effective solution for individuals with lasting hearing loss following a middle ear operation, malformations, or generally for conductive hearing loss and mixed hearing loss. It is also an option for individuals with single-sided deafness.

With conductive or mixed hearing loss, sound cannot take the natural path through the outer and middle ear to the inner ear. With the BONEBRIDGE, the sound waves are transmitted via bone conduction directly to the inner ear, where they are processed as natural sound. The BONEBRIDGE ensures optimal daily hearing performance while remaining discreet and unobtrusive.

The BONEBRIDGE Implant System

This visually-appealing system consists of the SAMBA, an externally worn audio processor, and a surgically-inserted bone conduction implant (BCI 601) that lies directly beneath the skin. The compact audio processor can be worn discreetly beneath the hair.


  • Wireless connectivity
  • Individual, award winning design
  • Intelligent, self-learning hearing system
  • High wearing comfort

The SAMBA is the latest generation of audio processor for the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE and BONEBRIDGE. The SAMBA does what its name suggests: it’s colourful, versatile and brings sound and joy to your life. With the interchangeable covers of the SAMBA audio processor it's your choice whether to hide the audio processor underneath your hair or make an expressive individual statement. For its innovative design, the SAMBA won the renowned Red Dot Design Award 2014. Along with the stunning design, the SAMBA impresses with sophisticated hearing technology.

BCI 601

  • MR Conditional up to 1.5 Tesla
  • Intact skin — no skin irritations
  • Optimal sound transmission via direct stimulation
  • Extremely low complication rate

The BONEBRIDGE is an innovative new bone conduction implant that transmits sound waves via the cranial bone directly to the inner ear, where they are perceived as natural sound. The implant is completely invisible under the intact skin. In contrast to other bone conduction systems, this minimises the risk of skin irritations, and the direct stimulation of the bone (direct-drive technology) achieves optimal sound transmission results.

Advantages of the BONEBRIDGE

Smart Technology

The direct-drive technology of the implant, along with its advanced signal processing, produce outstanding audiological results for our users.

The ear remains unobstructed. This makes the BONEBRIDGE a solution for people with pathologies of the ear canal.

Always Benefit from the Latest Technology

Just like the MED-EL cochlear implants and the SOUNDBRIDGE middle ear implant, the BONEBRIDGE also allows the external audio processor to be easily upgraded to a newer generation of device, even years after the original implantation. All that is needed is a fitting by the audiologist.

Skin-Friendly Innovation

The BONEBRIDGE is the first active bone conduction implant system that leaves the skin intact, as the implant is placed completely underneath the skin. This ensures an extremely low risk of skin complications, such as infection. The well proven intact skin technology which is already established in MED-ELs cochlear implants and middle ear implants, is now being employed successfully in bone conduction stimulation.

Take the Next Step

If you'd like detailed information or would like to be referred to a BONEBRIDGE centre in your area, please contact us directly.