Baha Cochlear Implants in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD
Hearing loss can occur due to noise, trauma, certain drugs and various diseases. Injuries including a perforated eardrum or head injury can also cause hearing loss. To help patients improve their hearing, Dr. Kirby Scott of Central ENT Consultants, P.C. offers patients in Hagerstown with Baha Cochlear implants.
Typical hearing aids rely on air conduction and a functioning middle ear, but when the middle ear is blocked what happens? In cases where the middle ear function is blocked, Dr. Kirby Scott offers Baha Cochlear implants in Hagerstown. Baha Cochlear implants may be a better option for you, as it bypasses the outer and middle ear altogether. Instead, sound is sent around the damaged or problematic area, which naturally stimulates the cochlea through bone conduction.
Additionally, if you lost most of the hearing in one ear, but have normal hearing in your other ear, Baha Cochlear implants work to re-route sound to the better ear. With the Baha Cochlear implant, it utilizes your body’s natural ability to conduct sound through bone to deliver the signal to the better hearing ear. Once the implant receives the sound vibrations, the organ will “hear” in the same manner as through air conduction. The sound is converted into neural signals and is transferred to the brain, which allows you to perceive sound.
As always, it is also important to practice preventative techniques to protect your ears from further harm or hearing loss. When it comes to your ears, protection is key. Hearing loss prevention consists of steps you can take to help prevent noise-induced hearing loss and avoid worsening of age-related hearing loss. Some prevention techniques include:
- Protect your ears in the workplace. Wear specially designed earmuffs that resemble earphones to protect your ears by bringing most loud sounds down to an acceptable level.
- Have your hearing tested. Consider regular hearing tests if you work in a noisy environment so that your ENT can provide early detection of hearing loss.
- Avoid recreational risks. Some activities, such as riding a snowmobile, hunting and listening to extremely loud music for long periods of time, can damage your hearing.
With Baha Cochlear implants, you will never get tired of discovering new sounds. From the ringing of the phone to the chirping of birds outside your window, you will be hearing everything. Contact our office for more information on Baha Cochlear implants and how this device can help improve your hearing.
For more information on Baha Cochlear Implants in the Hagerstown, MD area call Central ENT Consultants, PC at (240) 329-0782 or for our Frederick, MD location call 301-694-9111 today!