Implantable Hearing Aids (BAHA)
A bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA) is an implantable device used to improve hearing in patients with certain types of hearing loss by stimulating the inner ear through the skull. Approved by the FDA since 1996, this type of hearing aid has been used successfully across the world for over 30 years, providing effective relief for patients of all ages.
BAHAs can be used to improve hearing for patients with less severe cases of conductive or mixed hearing impairment. This type of device is ideal for patients who are not candidates for regular hearing aids because of a physical deformity, frequent ear infections or narrow ear canals. Made up of three different parts, including a titanium screw, a button-like holder (abutment) and the actual hearing aid, a BAHA is surgically implanted behind the ear through a minimally invasive procedure.
This procedure takes an hour to perform on an outpatient basis. Patients can return home the same day as their procedure. During the initial procedure, only the titanium screw and abutment are placed, while the hearing aid is implanted during a second step three to six months later. This ensures that the titanium becomes integrated into the bone for long-lasting correction with no need for additional treatment.
Your doctor will determine whether or not a BAHA is right for you after a thorough evaluation of your individual conditions.
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