Bone-Anchored Implants Can Connect You with the Sounds of Your World
Sometimes, you need a specific fix for your hearing loss. Every hearing loss patient is unique, and some have certain conditions like single-sided deafness or different formations of certain parts of the ear that often work best with a bone-anchored hearing device.
You don’t have to embark on this journey of determining what works best for you alone. At Southwestern Hearing & Balance, we’ll support you through the process of finding the ideal hearing loss treatment plan for your individual needs. There are a lot of sounds in the world, and we want you to be able to hear as many as you can.
How Does a Bone-Anchored Hearing Device Work?
Bone-anchored implants allow you to hear sounds by transmitting vibrations to the inner ear. While traditional hearing aids amplify sounds that enter the ear canal, bone-anchored hearing devices bypass the ear canal and middle ear, similar to how cochlear and auditory brainstem implants work.
A bone-anchored hearing device consists of:
- A titanium implant
- An external abutment
- An external sound processor and microphone
The device sends sound vibrations through the external abutment to the titanium implant, which eventually integrates with the skull bone.
Who Should Receive a Bone-Anchored Implant?
You might be a good candidate for a bone-anchored hearing device if:
- You have single-sided deafness
- You have malformations in the outer ear, middle ear or ear canal
- You’re allergic to traditional hearing aids
- You have Meniere’s disease
- You experience chronic middle ear infections
- You have cholesteatoma or growth of skin behind your eardrum
- You have an acoustic neuroma or a benign tumor that develops on your vestibular or auditory nerves
Can Children Use Bone-Anchored Hearing Devices?
If your child has conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss or single-sided deafness, a bone-anchored implant might be a good fit for them. For younger children and those who would prefer a nonsurgical option, certain sound processors can be held in place with a band or sticker. Our provider will work with you to determine what might work best for your child.
What Are the Benefits of a Bone-Anchored Hearing Device?
- Because the device is directly against the bone, sound quality is often superior.
- For those who have ears that are absent or formed differently, it can be difficult to comfortably wear a conventional hearing aid.
- Though they require surgery, the process is minimally invasive.
How Do I Get a Bone-Anchored Implant?
Receiving a bone-anchored hearing device requires surgery, but it’s an outpatient procedure. Our provider will insert a small titanium implant into the mastoid bone behind the ear. The abutment will stick out through the skin to allow you to attach the external microphone and sound processor.
Following the surgery, your skull and skin must heal before the device’s external elements can be clipped on. This typically takes between three weeks and three months.
Once you’ve healed from the surgery, the sound processor and microphone can be programmed for your specific hearing needs. We’ll customize the device, so it works best for you individually.
Our Team Is In Your Corner
At Southwestern Hearing & Balance, we’re here to guide you through your journey of getting hearing loss treatment. Whether you’re ready to move forward with a bone-anchored hearing device or have more questions, we’re here to support you. We want you to connect with as many sounds as possible.