Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) Device
A Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) is a hearing device that utilizes direct bone conduction to transmit sound. This hearing aid is surgically implanted behind the ear to bypass the auditory canal and middle ear. It takes advantage of the bones’ natural conductive abilities by sending sound vibrations directly to the inner ear.
BAHA is an option for people who cannot benefit from an in-the-ear or behind-the-ear hearing aid. They typically have conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, single-sided deafness or frequent ear infections.
How Does a BAHA System Work?
The BAHA system is comprised of a titanium implant, external abutment and sound processor. The implant is surgically placed behind the ear and gradually fuses with the skull bone over several months in a process called osseointegration. After this process, the external components can be fit and programmed by an audiologist.
BAHA is a safe and effective FDA-approved treatment alternative that enables many hearing-impaired individuals to communicate more effectively. It has been available in the U.S. since 1977. It has been used for people in all age groups including children as young as one-year-old.
If you or someone you care for is interested in learning more about BAHA, please contact our North Sioux City office at (605) 217-4327 to schedule an appointment.