Unlike a hearing aid, the Cochlear™ Baha® System is an implantable hearing solution that uses your body’s natural ability to deliver sound so you may hear from the other side. The Baha System bypasses the damaged outer and middle ear and sends sound directly to your healthy inner ear through the miracle of bone conduction.
What is Baha?
The Baha System is an implantable bone conduction hearing system that allows sound to be conducted through the bone rather than via the middle ear. Baha is used to help people with chronic ear infections, congenital external auditory canal atresia, and single-sided deafness who cannot benefit from conventional hearing aids.
How does the Baha System work?
The Baha consists of three parts:
- A sound processor that picks up sound vibrations
- An external abutment or magnetic connection which attaches the sound processor to the implant and transfers sound vibrations from the processor to the implant
- A small titanium implant that transfers the sound vibrations to the functioning cochlea
The bone conduction system sends sound around the damaged or problematic area, naturally stimulating the cochlea through bone conduction. During a short surgical procedure, the titanium implant is placed behind the non-functioning ear and over time naturally bonds with the skull bone around it – forming a permanent structure with the living bone in a process called osseointegration. Once osseointegration is achieved, the sound processor is attached to the abutment, enabling the recipient to hear with the Baha System fully in place for the first time.
Who is a candidate for Baha?
Bone conduction implants often are good options for people with conductive hearing loss, a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss (known as “mixed hearing loss”), or single-sided deafness (SSD). This includes people with chronic infection of the ear canal, people with absence of or a very narrow ear canal as a result of a congenital ear malformation, infection, or surgery, and people with a single sided hearing loss as a result of surgery for a vestibular schwannoma (a tumor of the balance and hearing nerves).
The Baha solution can be used by people of any age, even by infants. For very young children, it’s common to first use a Baha Softband to allow them to wear the sound processor without the need for surgery.
The Baha System is covered by Medicare, most insurance plans, and may be covered by Medicaid.
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- Cochlear Baha Fact Sheet
- Cochlear Baha Guidelines for Candidacy
- Pediatric Baha Brochure