There are a variety of reasons as to why people experience hearing loss. So, to properly combat this condition, we offer a variety of options. Our Team offers Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids from Cochlear. These implantable devices could help patients to hear more clearly and make their lives easier.

What is a Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid?

The BAHA system from Cochlear is a bone conduction implant for hearing loss. The Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid is FDA-cleared to help treat hearing loss. The BAHA is a surgically implanted device that uses your natural ability to conduct sound to bypass the damaged part of the ear. This sends sound directly to the inner ear. These medical devices help people with single-sided deafness, mixed hearing loss, or conductive hearing loss. It can also be a viable option for those with Treacher Collins Syndrome, Goldenhar Syndrome, Chronic Ear Infections, Down Syndrome, acoustic neuroma, and middle ear issues. This system has been approved for children as young as 5 and adults of all ages.

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How Do Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids Work?

The Cochlear BAHA system contains three components: the implant, an abutment or magnetic attachment, and a sound processor. Cochlear offers two different types of BAHA attachment systems to fit each patient’s hearing loss needs.

The BAHA Attract System: a magnetic connection.

This system works with a sound processor that picks up vibrations from the environment. The processor passes the sound vibrations to an attached external magnet. This magnet attracts to the internal magnet. The sound vibrations are transferred through the magnetic attachments to a small titanium implant which is inserted into the bone behind the ear. Through the bone, the sound vibrations are sent to the cochlea (inner ear) where they are converted into electrical pulses. The pulses travel to the brain which perceives the sound.

The BAHA Connect System: an abutment connection.

This system includes a sound processor that picks up vibrations from the environment. The vibrations are transferred through an abutment to a small titanium implant that has been inserted in the bone behind the ear. Then these sound vibrations are sent directly to the cochlea (inner ear) and converted into electrical pulses. These pulses are sent to the brain which perceives the sound.

Hearing Aid FAQs

Are expensive hearing aids better?

The cost of a hearing aid is not an accurate indicator of its effectiveness. A thorough hearing assessment at NYHD can better help you decide which hearing aid will be best for your unique condition.

Do you need a prescription to get hearing aids?

Although hearing aids can be purchased without a prescription or hearing exam, having a hearing assessment by an audiologist can be a more focused way to determine what type of hearing aid will be effective for you.

Can I buy hearing aids over the counter?

Yes. Some hearing aids are available without a prescription, although other, more advanced technologies require a professional evaluation to purchase.

Does AARP help with hearing aids?

Members of AARP may benefit from their Hearing Care Program, which offers discounts on hearing aids and hearing devices.

Can you sleep with a hearing aid in?

Its recommended to take hearing aids out while sleeping, opening the battery cover to preserve electrical charge.

Does Medicare pay for a hearing aid?

No. Medicare does not cover costs for hearing aids or hearing aid fittings. We can discuss your financing options during your appointment with our Doctors of Audiology.

Does wearing a hearing aid make your hearing worse?

When not wearing your hearing aids, it can feel like your hearing has become worse. However, this is because you’ve adjusted to the new “normal” level of hearing that your devices help you achieve.

Do cheap hearing aids work?

This can depend heavily on the type. Your Doctor of Audiology is your best source of hearing aid information since you may need your hearing aids optimized for your specific degree of hearing loss, which cheap hearing aids may not be able to provide.

Does wearing hearing aids help with tinnitus?

Hearing aids are actually one treatment option for certain types of tinnitus because they can be optimized to cancel out the perception of ear ringing.

How can I improve my hearing without a hearing aid?

Unless your hearing loss is caused by earwax buildup, the best way to improve your hearing is by preventing it from deteriorating in the first place. This means living a healthy, active lifestyle and protecting your hearing from loud sounds and exposures over time.

How long do hearing aids last?

Hearing aids last an average of three to seven years.

How many channels do I need in my hearing aid?

On average, patients need between 9 and 18 channels to restore their hearing.

How do you hold your phone with a hearing aid?

You can hold the phone as you normally would with a hearing aid.

Is it OK to use only one hearing aid?

If you have normal hearing in one ear and hearing loss in the other, there is no reason not to wear just one hearing aid.

How do you reduce background noise in a hearing aid?

Wearing two hearing aids with binaural processing allows you to reduce background noise.

Types of Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids?

Our team offers three different BAHA sound processor options. These can fit a patient’s degree of hearing loss.

  • The Baha 5 Sound Processor
  • The Baha 5 Power Sound Processor
  • The Baha 5 SuperPower Sound Processor

Candidates for Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids?

Adults and children with hearing loss that do not get benefits from regular hearing aids then the bone-anchored hearing aid system can be a life-changing option. To find out how these devices could benefit you, contact the specialists at NYHD to learn more about the BAHA system.

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Our team at New York Hearing Doctors Institute for Hearing & Balance is proud to be part of the Cochlear Provider Network and to collaborate with some of the top otologists/ear surgeons in the country. To learn more about bone-anchored hearing aids and how they could be beneficial, contact our Doctors of Audiology at our New York City Office. To schedule a consultation, call our office at (212) 774-1971 or fill out our online form.