Bonebridge ear made from rib and implant cures UK man`s deafness
London: In a first of its kind operation, a piece of rib and a bone conduction implant have been used to treat an Edinburgh man`s hereditary deafness.
Brian Hogg was fitted with an implant called a Bonebridge and given the new ear by NHS Lothian surgeons, the BBC reported.
Hogg, 29, is the first person in the UK to have the procedure.
NHS Lothian said the specialist implant operation was carried out in December 2012 at the Lauriston Building in Edinburgh.
The Bonebridge device is fitted in the ear and is used when a patient is unable to have a conventional external hearing aid fitted.
Alex Bennett, an NHS Lothian ear, nose and throat consultant performed the procedure.
Bennett said, "The Bonebridge implant is intended to improve hearing by replicating the actions of the ear drum."
Hogg was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, meaning he could not wear conventional hearing aids as they are styled to fit in and around the top and middle of the ear.
After the new implant was been fitted he has noticed a huge difference in the range of sounds he could hear.