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FDA Approves First Totally Implanted Hearing System
Date:3/17/2010

Esteem approved to treat sensorineural hearing loss

SILVER SPRING, Md., March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the approval of the Esteem – an implanted hearing system used to treat moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss, a type of permanent hearing loss.

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Sensorineural hearing loss is usually caused by genetic factors or damage to the inner ear resulting from noise, viral infections, or aging. The results are reductions in perception of sounds and in the ability to understand speech.

This differs from conductive hearing loss, which occurs when sound waves cannot transmit well through the outer or middle ear or both. Medical or surgical treatment can often restore heari
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