Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA)
What Is a Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid?
Traditional hearing aids are often likened to mini-speakers amplifying sound into the ear so you can hear and understand speech better. For some people, simply “turning up” the sound in the ear won’t work because they have conductive hearing loss or other issues that interfere with the way the ear hears. Bone-anchored hearing aids skip past the ear canal and middle ear and use bone conduction to transmit sounds directly to the inner ear.
Who Might Benefit from a BAHA?
BAHAs are generally used for people with conductive hearing loss. Because BAHAs transmit sound right to the cochlea they can be used for people who have issues with the middle ear or who have difficulty wearing traditional hearing aids. They are also often used for people with single-sided hearing loss, chronic ear disease, or people who have malformed ear structures.