Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids

A bone-anchored hearing aid is a small magnet or titanium post that is surgically placed in the bone behind your ear. An external sound processor attached to that magnet sends sound through the bone to stimulate the inner ear.

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Answers to Your Hearing Loss Questions

Bone-anchored hearing aids have many benefits. They are excellent conductors of sound for patients with a high degree of conductive hearing loss. They keep the ear canal open to the air. Additionally, they can cross sound to the opposite ear for a person with single-sided deafness.

Bone-anchored hearing aids are best for the following patients:

  • Those with moderate or severe conductive hearing loss, where traditional hearing aids are not powerful enough to overcome the degree of conduction needed to stimulate the inner ear.

  • Patients with surgically closed ear canals, or patients with atypical outer ear canals, where traditional hearing aids cannot conduct sound via the ear canal and middle ear bones.

  • Patients with single-sided deafness. The BAHA will send sounds coming in from the deaf side of the skull to the functioning inner ear on the opposite side of the skull via bone conduction.

Bone-anchored hearing aids can help people with the following types of hearing issues:

  •  Moderate to severe conductive hearing loss.

  • Closed or malformed external ear or ear canal.

  •  Single-sided deafness.

Recovery time is short — typically three days to one week. You won’t be able to hear with the BAHA right away. The abutment (connector) takes three months to solidify within the skull. The external device will be placed and activated three months after surgery. You won’t feel anything when your care team activates it.

Once we order your hearing device, it will take one to two weeks for it to be made and delivered. We’ll schedule you back for a fitting and provide thorough instructions on how to use the device and clear information about what you can expect. We also provide routine maintenance of your hearing aid every six months.

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Experience and Expertise

Improved Hearing

With improved capability over traditional hearing aids, people with conductive hearing loss can hear much better.

Short Recovery

Bone-anchored hearing aids can be fitted under full or light anesthesia, and the recovery time is short.

Great Outcomes

Our surgeons, audiologists and neurotology providers work together at one of the region’s biggest providers for BAHA patients — with superior results.

Advanced Technology

We work closely with device manufacturers to understand new technology and how it affects your experience.

Free Consultation and Follow-up

Our personalized service includes a free one-hour consultation following your hearing test to discuss your budget, lifestyle and goals. We also provide free follow-up maintenance on your device to keep it in good working order.

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Referring Physicians

We are committed to providing optimal care to patients by collaborating with healthcare professionals throughout our community and provide several avenues for patient referrals and easy access for referring physicians and clinicians to consult with UC Health specialists.

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