Posts for: November, 2015
Enjoy hearing the world around you when you get a Baha® implant.
Dealing with profound hearing loss? Are traditional hearing aids just not enough? Then find out how your Hagerstown and Frederick, MD ENT may be able to help you hear better with the Baha® implant system.
Q. How does a Baha® implant work?
A. Baha, which stands for Bone Anchored Hearing Aid, is a surgical implant that uses cochlear technology to help improve hearing and to make communication easier.
Each system is made up of three different parts: the implant, a magnetic attachment (known as an abutment) and a sound processor. The internal and external magnetic abutments attract one another to create a seamless link between the implant and the sound processor. The sound processor easily snaps onto the abutment to hold it into place to make hearing easy.
Q. What does getting a Baha® implant entail?
A. A skin graft is taken from behind the deaf ear and a small hole is drilled into the skull. Then the titanium implant and abutment are placed together. The skin is placed over the abutment and another hole is made in the skin so that the abutment can stick out. Then the skin will be stitched back together and covered over with bandages.
The first bandage may be removed the next day but the second one will need to remain on there for about a week to a week and a half. You will see your Hagerstown and Frederick, MD ENT doctor a couple weeks after surgery for a follow-up.
Q. What is the recovery period after surgery?
A. Patients report minimal post-operative discomfort and many can return to their normal activities the day after their procedure. It usually takes about two weeks for the skin to heal. Also, it’s important to note that the sound processor is not worn for about 2 months to allow time for the bone of the skull to fuse together with the implant.
Q. Who is an ideal candidate for a Baha® implant?
A. If you are dealing with any of these hearing issues then it’s time to talk to your Hagerstown and Frederick ENT doctor about whether Baha® is right for you:
- Unilateral hearing loss
- Conductive hearing loss
- Mixed hearing loss
- Congenital malformations of the ear
Also, if you are having trouble hearing properly with hearing aids, or if you are experiencing distorted sound or irritated ears due to hearing aids then it’s time to consider the Baha® system.
If you are ready to be able to hear those around you and be part of the conversation again, then it’s time to call your Hagerstown and Frederick ENT today to find out if the Baha® system is right for you.