Envoy’s Esteem implant is not a hearing aid. It’s an implant for people with a hearing loss and a working cochlea and middle ear, who wish to have an invisible device which allows them to hear quite naturally. The battery is replaced every 5 years or so. The implant has two leads which extend into the middle ear and sense sound vibrations, and sends energy to the cochlea which is then translated into sound.
A video was posted online on Monday from Sarah Churman, a deaf 29 year old woman from Texas, who hears her voice for the first time with an Envoy Esteem implant. She is currently being flown to New York and will appear on NBC Today on Monday morning. Envoy Medical will be implanting Sarah’s second Esteem for free!