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Robustness and lifetime of the bone conduction implant - a pilot study.

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Karl-Johan Fredén Jansson
Bo Håkansson
Cristina Rigato
Måns Eeg-Olofsson
Sabine Reinfeldt
Publicerad i Medical devices (Auckland, N.Z.)
Volym 12
Sidor 89-100
ISSN 1179-1470
Publiceringsår 2019
Publicerad vid Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper
Sidor 89-100
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.2147/MDER.S192860
Ämneskategorier Annan medicinteknik, Audiologi


The objective of this study was to develop methods for evaluating the mechanical robustness and estimating the lifetime of the novel bone conduction implant (BCI) that is used in a clinical study. The methods are intended to be applicable to any similar device.The robustness was evaluated using tests originally developed for cochlear implants comprising a random vibration test, a shock test, a pendulum test, and an impact test. Furthermore, magnetically induced torque and demagnetization during magnetic resonance imaging at 1.5 T were investigated using a dipole electromagnet. To estimate the lifetime of the implant, a long-term age-accelerated test was performed.Out of all the tests, the pendulum and the impact tests had the largest effect on the electro-acoustic performance of the BCI implant, even if the change in performance was within acceptable limits (<20%). In comparison with baseline data, the lower and higher resonance peaks shifted down in frequency by 13% and 18%, respectively, and with a loss in magnitude of 1.1 and 2.0 dB, respectively, in these tests.A complete series of tests were developed, and the BCI passed all the tests; its lifetime was estimated to be at least 26 years for patients who are using the implant for 12 hours on a daily basis.

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