Monthly Archives: November 2015

Teen Shares Her Minimally Invasive Ponto Surgery (MIPS) Surgery Story with the World

UPDATE: The Minimally Invasive Ponto Surgery (MIPS) procedure has now received FDA clearance and will soon be available in the United States.

Ponto surgery with tissue preservation has been done for a few years now. Also, many physicians use a “punch” incision with this technique. What this new MIPS surgery and surgical items provide are the first tools designed specifically to support and advance these great techniques with the aim at making it easier and more safe for patients to get the best possible results.

An excited 15-year-old, Karina Theoret, shared her story about getting an abutment for her bone anchored hearing system (BAHS) with a new surgical procedure, Minimally Invasive Ponto Surgery (MIPS). When she stepped into the operating room at the Montreal Children’s Hospital last week, she was more excited than nervous. Karina has been deaf in her right ear since she was born. Soon, she’ll be able to hear with a bone anchored hearing system.

MIPS Surgery Because Karina is the first person in North America to undergo surgery with this new technique, her story was captured and shared by CTV News Montreal, and you can view it below.

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Find the Right Hearing Care Professional for You: Oticon Medical’s Customer Service Team Can Help

You may have seen our new page where you can sign up to get help making an appointment with a hearing care professional in your area. We wanted to take a minute to explain why Oticon Medical offers this service, and what it can do for you or someone you know who’s on the journey of finding the best hearing solution possible.

TreatmentWhen most people start searching for hearing solutions, what they don’t realize is that all clinics don’t offer all of the available solutions. In fact, in some cases, people don’t even know what their options are. They only know what the clinic has offered them. From people who weren’t aware of bone anchored hearing solutions at all, to those who thought only one type of bone anchored hearing solution existed, we hear from a lot of people who have been in this situation. If this is your case, you’re not alone!

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Krissia Comes Home Her New Ponto Plus BAHS with Help from Ear Community

Meet Krissia Lopez Romero, an eight-year-old girl with bilateral Microtia and Atresia. Born in El Salvador, she now lives with her family in Falls Church, Virginia. Because Krissia was born in El Salvador, she does not qualify for Medicaid and her family has been unable to help her obtain hearing devices. In addition to Krissia’s Microtia and Atresia, she also has severe scoliosis and complex heart conditions that limit her activities. In fact, Krissia is due for another heart procedure soon.

Until now, Krissia gets a Ponto Plus Bone anchored hearing deviceKrissia has been able to borrow two bone anchored hearing devices provided by her school along with an FM system. However, the hearing devices must remain at school, and Krissia goes home without her hearing every day. Because of this, communication for Krissia has been a struggle. Her mother, Claudia Romero, worries about her speech development and her safety without the help of hearing devices.

Recently, that all changed for Krissia.

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