While everyone’s experience with hearing loss is different, both children and adults who meet certain criteria are candidates for a BAHA device. Individuals with single-sided deafness, conductive hearing loss, or mixed hearing loss can benefit from this unique type of hearing device.
Hearing aids attempt to move sound through the damaged part of the ear, but the BAHA instead bypasses the outer and middle ear, and sends sound directly to your inner ear.
How Exactly Does It Work?
Sound is collected and the vibrations are transferred to a small titanium implant inserted in the bone behind the ear. The sound vibrations are then sent directly through the bone to your cochlea where they are converted into electrical impulses by tiny hair cells.
An evaluation for candidacy is conducted by an audiologist and, if you’re determined to be a candidate, a demonstration may be administered on the same day to allow you to hear from a BAHA external device. This provides you with the opportunity to determine if BAHA’s benefits are right for you.
If surgery is desired, an appointment is scheduled with an otolaryngologist to discuss the surgical aspects. Once implanted, adjustments are made by an audiologist to obtain optimal hearing.