Surgical Hearing Solutions
The first system based on direct bone conduction
One reason the Baha system works so well is due to its simple design. The Baha system combines a sound processor with an abutment and a small titanium implant. The implant is placed behind the non-functioning ear. Surgery is minor, and Baha recipients report a wide range of advantages over other hearing devices.
After a period of approximately three months (six months for children) the implant will have osseointegrated with the bone. The sound processor may now be attached to the abutment, enabling the recipient to hear with the Baha® system fully in place for the first time.
• Programmable, advanced signal processing
• Water protection
• Easier to use tactile buttons
• Wind noise protection
• Baha 3 performs up to 25% better than Divino® in noise 1,2
• Better performance on Softbands
• More high frequency gain realized
• Better access to speech
• New battery door colors
• New Softband options
Who is a suitable candidate for a BAHA
The usual candidates for a BAHA system are those people who for a variety of reasons cannot wear standard 'in the ear' air conduction hearing aids or who would benefit most from amplification by bone conduction.
- Some people have allergies to earmolds or cannot have molds in their ears due to irritation or infection which can become chronic.
- People who have malformed or absent outer ear and ear canals as is common in medical conditions such as Treacher Collins syndrome or Microtia.
- People who have single sided deafness due to surgery, head trauma or disease. For example people who have Meniere’s Disease or an acoustic neuroma.
- In Canada, stage one surgery for BAHA has been implanted into children as young as 13 months at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Stage two surgery has been done as early as 22 months.
- For infants, an interim measure young infants can be provided with a BAHA softband allowing them to use a BAHA. This is a tight headband which the infant wears to hold a BAHA against the skull.
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