Bone conduction implants

A bone conduction implant bypasses problems in the outer and middle ear by sending sound through bone directly to the inner ear.

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What is a bone conduction implant?

A bone conduction implant is a medical device that transmits sound by direct conduction through bone to the inner ear, effectively bypassing the outer and middle ear. A bone conduction system consists of a small titanium implant, abutment and sound processor. Sound is transmitted as vibrations from the sound processor to the implant, through the bone to the inner ear.

Who can they help?

Bone conduction implants can help people who have:

  • conductive hearing loss
  • single-sided deafness (SSD) - total hearing loss on one side
  • mixed hearing loss.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of bone conduction implants are well documented.

For problems in the outer or middle ear, they can help you hear better in noisy situations and allow you to localise sounds. Not only do you benefit from improved speech understanding, hearing with bone conduction results in a natural sound with less distortion and feedback when compared with conventional hearing aids1-5. The ear canal is left open for comfort, and helps to reduce any problems caused by chronic ear infections or allergies.

If you are completely deaf in one ear, a bone conduction implant works by sending the sound via the skull bone from the deaf side to the functioning inner ear on the hearing side. This transfer of sound gives you 360-degree sound awareness.

With a Baha® bone conduction implant you can:

  • experience great sound with less distortion & feedback1.
  • regain 360-degree sound awareness2.
  • experience sound without anything blocking your ear canal or any feeling of weight from a hearing aid on your ear3.
  • benefit from reduced problems from allergies or chronic ear infections4.
  • try it, before you decide to go ahead with surgery.
  • get a proven, clinically tested and documented hearing solution5.
  • benefit from more than 30 years of experience in bone conduction.

Try it without surgery

To find out if a bone conduction implant can work for you, contact a health professional for a demonstration. If you don’t already have someone to speak to, we can help you find a clinic close to you. No surgery is needed to test it, you can try the system using a test band or using a sound processor on a Baha Softband. This way, you can experience what it's like first-hand, without surgery.

  1. de Wolf MJ, Hendrix S, Cremers CW, Snik AF. Better performance with Baha than acoustic devices in patients with severe air-bone gap. Laryngoscope. 2011;121(3):613-6.
  2. Lin LM, Bowditch S, Anderson MJ, May B, Cox KM, Niparko K. Amplification in the rehabilitation of unilateral deafness: speech in noise and directional hearing effects with bone-anchored hearing and contralateral routing of signal amplification. Otol Neurotol 2006;27(2):172-82.
  3. Hol MK, Snik AF, Mylanus EA, Cremers CW. Long-term results of bone-anchored hearing aid recipients who had previously used air-conduction hearing aids. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2005 Apr;131(4):321-5.
  4. Watson GJ, Silva S, Lawless T, Harling JL, Sheehan PZ. Bone anchored hearing aids: a preliminary assessment of the impact on outpatients and cost when rehabilitating hearing in chronic suppurative otitis media. Clin Otolaryngol 2008;33:338–342.
  5. Snik AF, Mylanus EA, Proops DW, Wolfaardt J, Hodgetts WA, Somers T, Niparko JK, Wazen JJ, Sterkers O, Cremers CW, Tjellström A. Consensus statements on the Baha system: Where do we stand at present? Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2005 Dec;114(12) Suppl 195:1-12.