BAHA or Bone Anchored Hearing Aid is an implantable hearing device used to treat hearing loss. The device works by directly stimulating the inner ear through the bone. BAHA is used to improve hearing in patients with chronic ear infections, congenital external auditory canal atresia (when the ear canal does not develop) or one-sided deafness who cannot benefit from regular hearing aids.
The system works by taking the sound from the outside and transmitting it to the inner ear through the bone. This bypasses the ear canal and the middle ear. The titanium implant is placed during a minor surgical procedure and over time integrates with the bone behind the ear. The hearing device transmits sound vibrations through the titanium implant to the skull and the inner ear – where the hearing takes place.
The bone-anchored hearing devices are indicated in patients who have been diagnosed with:
- Bilateral conductive hearing loss
- Congenital ear malformations
- Single Sided deafness (SSD)
- Chronic otitis media
- Acoustic neuroma
- Meniere’s disease
- Infection of the ear canal resulting in chronic draining ears
- Hearing loss where air conduction hearing aids are not an option due to chronic conditions of outer ear.
The appropriate processor is selected on the basis of the patient's hearing level.
The procedure to place the BAHA device is a short procedure that takes less than an hour. For adults, it can be done under local anesthesia, but for children, it is done under general anesthesia. It is done on an outpatient basis (patients go home the same day of the surgery). Three-six months after surgery, the sound processor (hearing device) is placed. The 3 months are needed to make sure the titanium attachment gets integrated into the bone.
The surgery is easily reversible, such that patients who change their mind, can have the titanium attachment removed if needed in the future. Since the BAHA sound processor produces such great quality sound, it is very rare for patients to want the procedure reversed. Time must be taken for the abutment to settle and heal. The external part of the BAHA, the sound processor, is fitted around 2 to 3 months after surgery.
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