The Baha Auditory Osseointegrated Implant System or BAHA is an alternative hearing device that utilizes bone conduction to improve a person’s hearing versus a traditional hearing aid. With the BAHA, there is an abutment that resembles a small post that is surgically implanted into the temporal bone by an ENT surgeon. The abutment will then osseointegrate with the bone. A sound processor is attached to the abutment and programmed by an audiologist, which provides sound to the wearer via bone conduction.
The surgery for the BAHA is typically simple outpatient surgery. Following surgery, there is a 3 month waiting period before activation. This time period allows for the implant to osseointegrate with the temporal bone. After the 3 month waiting period, the BAHA processor is activated by the audiologist. Many health insurances cover most of the costs for a BAHA system.
The BAHA is approved through the FDA for adults who suffer from conductive or mixed hearing loss or single sided deafness. It is also cleared for children older than 5 years of age. The best way to determine if a BAHA system will work for you is to have an assessment and demonstration with our audiologists and then meet with the ENT surgeon that surgically implants the BAHA. Please call our office and set up your appointment today at (231) 487-3050.