For those who are struggling with deafness, it can shatter their world. In fact, most people can't even imagine how much they use their hearing until it is gone. Luckily, for those struggling, there are more and more options available to help them keep their hearing or even give them the ability to hear! Each one works differently and helps people with different ailments that are causing them to struggle with their hearing.
One of these tools is a Baha Device. Here are some commonly asked questions about a Baha Device.
What is a Baha Device?
A Baha Device is a bone-anchored hearing device that is placed behind your ear. It works by transmitting sound through the bone of your skull to reach into the inner ear on one side or other.
It works well with single-sided deafness because the sound comes through the skull on your bad ear and transmits the sound to your good ear, helping you to hear out of your bad ear. It won't work if you are struggling with hearing in both of your ears.
What is the difference between a Baha Device and a Cochlear Implant?
Though many think that they are similar, the truth is that a Baha Device and a Cochlear Implant are very different.
- A Baha Device requires you to have one good ear so that the sound gets transferred to that ear. It won't work if you don't have any hearing in either of your ears.
- A Cochlear Implant works when there is nerve loss in both ears. You don't need to rely on one ear hearing what both ears should be hearing.
Is a Baha Device Fully Implantable?
You may be wondering if anyone will be able to see your Baha Device, once it is implanted. The truth is that the processor will show, but it will be camouflaged by your own hair.
What does the surgery entail?
If you are thinking about getting a Baha Device but are worried about the surgery and aftercare, you shouldn't. It is a very quick procedure that takes between ten and fifteen minutes. We use local anesthesia so you won't be uncomfortable. You will be home and resting before you know it.
In about three weeks, you will need to return to our office so that we can attach the processor to your ear. At that time, we will program it and work with you so that you understand how it works.
Are Baha Devices covered by insurance?
Baha Devices are covered by most insurances. We will be glad to look into your plan to ensure that it is covered by insurance before we proceed.
What is the success rate?
Overall, Baha Devices are very successful. Dr. Jack J. Wazen has performed the procedure for over thirty years. He has helped thousands of people hear better, using this method.
How long will it last?
Once you have had a Baha Device implanted, you should be good. Most people never need to have another procedure. Baha Devices are made to stay in place very well. In fact, there is a less than five percent chance that your implant will fall off. If so, we will be able to perform the procedure again so that your hearing comes back.
The Baha Device has helped thousands of people hear better. It works well, with both adults and children who are five years or older. It helps those who are struggling with mixed or conductive hearing loss. It also helps those who have single-sided deafness.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you are in need of an ear, nose, and throat specialist. We will be glad to talk to you about your hearing needs to determine whether or not a Baha Device is just what you need.