One of the options for certain types of hearing loss (conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, and single-sided deafness) is a surgically implanted bone conduction implant. This is a device that requires a short, outpatient surgical procedure to place either a magnet or an abutment (depending on which system the patient chooses) above the ear in the scalp. A sound processor is then connected to the magnet or abutment and picks up sound, which then gets transmitted through the skull bone to the inner ear.
Generally bone conduction implants are covered by insurance if the type and degree of hearing loss qualifies.
Our doctors can help determine if you may be a candidate for a bone conduction implant, and it may be an option for you if you answer “yes” to any of these questions:
- Are you deaf in one ear?
- Do you have trouble getting sufficient loudness when using hearing aids?
- Do you battle feedback or distorted sound quality when using hearing aids?
- Do you suffer from sore or irritated ears due to your hearing aids?
- Do you have draining ears?
- Do you have malformed ears or ear canals?
Currently we offer the Cochlear BAHA Attract System and the Cochlear BAHA Connect System.