Learn All About Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids at Coastal Ear, Nose, and Throat

08/15/2019

BAHA / Bone-Anchored Hearing Devices Neptune, Holmdel & Manahawkin NJHearing loss can be a difficult to condition for patients to deal with. Whether patients were born without the ability to hear, or experience hearing loss as they age, the team at Coastal Ear, Nose, and Throat can assist with many different sophisticated hearing loss solutions. This includes bone-anchored hearing aids for patients in the areas of Neptune and Holmdel, NJ.

What is a bone-anchored hearing aid?

Our team describes a bone-anchored hearing aid, also referred to as a “BAHA,” as a hearing device that stimulates the cochlea by transmitting the sound waves through the bones in our skull, or bone conduction, thereby bypassing the outer and middle ear. A procedure is performed to place the hearing device into the bone behind the ear. This helps in producing sound instead of using more traditional hearing aids inserted into the ear. This is a very effective option for patients who have the following hearing concerns:

  • Conductive hearing loss
  • Unilateral hearing loss
  • Single-sided deafness
  • Chronic ear disease
  • External ear canal problems
  • Malformations
  • Mixed hearing losses

What are the advantages to a bone-anchored hearing aid?

  • No pressure against the skin and skull
  • Better sound quality
  • No damping of signal through the skin
  • Discreet treatment
  • More comfortable
  • Surgery is predictable and reliable
  • Great for people with chronic ear infections or extreme allergies

How long is the healing process?

Because the placement of a bone-anchored hearing aid requires surgery to place, it is important for patients to understand the process of healing. After the procedure, patients need to allow time for the skull and skin to heal before the external device is connected to the implant. This period of time may be anything from three weeks to three months. After the healing has occurred, the audiologist can then attach the external device and program it for the patient to achieve the best hearing possible based on their specific type of hearing loss.

Speak to a physician and audiologist today about bone-anchored hearing aids

If you believe you could benefit from one of these state-of-the-art hearing aids, we welcome you to book an appointment with our team to discuss your options. We have several physicians and audiologists at our practices that can help. Call (732) 280-7855 today to schedule an evaluation at any of our three conveniently located practices in Neptune and Holmdel, NJ.