Bone Anchored Hearing Aids, otherwise known as bone conduction hearing devices, are a popular and effective alternative to traditional hearing aid problems for those who experience issues in their middle or outer ears. The sound is transferred to the cochlea without going through the middle or outer ear, helping in cases of mixed or conductive hearing loss. Khavkin Clinic has helped hundreds of patients in the Las Vegas, NV area improve their life with these advanced hearing aids.
Bone Anchored Hearing Aids: A Miracle In Hearing Aid Technology
These devices were developed and came into use years ago, but advancing technology has improved their efficiency and allowed them to be used in a broader range of cases than ever before. There are two portions of the hearing aid, one external and one internal, and two versions of these are available.
The first version is implanted into the skull but has an attachment for a processor that extrudes through the skin. The second is completely covered by the skin and has a processor that’s fixed into place with a magnet, making it less prone to infection and easier to wear.
What Results Can I Expect From A Bone Anchored Hearing Aid?
These devices are far more comfortable to use than traditional hearing aids, and patients report that the sounds they hear have a more natural quality. While they cannot restore your hearing to normal, they can make great improvements in your ability to handle normal situations from day to day. Additionally, they are far more comfortable to use when experiencing infections, or when discomfort from traditional hearing aids makes them unpleasant to wear.
What Can I Expect From The Implant Procedure?
There are differences in the procedure dependent on whether it is being performed on an adult or a child. In cases where an adult is having the implant performed a single surgery is generally all that’s necessary. In these cases, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, though general anesthesia can be provided if the patient desires.
How Is The Procedure Different For Children?
When the implant is being placed in children the procedure happens in multiple steps, these steps are:
- An incision is made over the implant site through the skin down through the periosteum, and the fixture is implanted without the abutment, and the incision site closed.
- In the second stage, the abutment is inserted following reduction of soft tissue and penetration of the skin with a punch.
- 2-3 weeks following this procedure the BAHA is put in place.
What Complications Can Result From The Procedure?
As with all medical procedures, there are possible complications associated with having a BAHA inserted. The following complications can occur following the procedure:
- Extrusion: When the implant fails to integrate with the bone. This is more common in children and occurs in 3-10% of all cases.
- Skin Complications: Skin complications can occur due to failure to properly care for the implant site, through thickening of the skin, covering of the abutment, or tissue granulation can also occur.
If you have further questions or want to know if BAHA can be appropriate for you or your child, contact Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin, your pain management doctor in Las Vegas, NV for a consultation.