What you'll find on this page
- How a surgeon performs a bone conduction implant operation.
- How long an operation takes.
What happens during bone conduction implant surgery?
Cochlear has two types of bone conduction systems – the Osia® System and the Baha® System. The surgeries for each of these systems are routine operations.
Unlike reconstructive middle ear surgeries that risk damaging your existing natural hearing1, implantation does not involve the middle ear space which minimises this risk. The surgery takes place under local or general anesthesia.
If you're getting an Osia System, your surgeon will place the BI300 Implant behind your ear with the Osia OSI200 Implant attached to it. It will fuse to the bone over time through a natural process called osseointegration.
If you're getting the Baha System, your surgeon will place the small BI300 Implant behind your ear, where it will fuse to the bone over time.
After surgery, medical staff will apply a protective dressing to your implant area.
How long does a bone conduction implant operation take?
Bone conduction implant surgery is typically an outpatient procedure that takes less than an hour.
* Cochlear Baha 5 sound processors are compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. For compatibility information visit www.cochlear.com/compatibility.
Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always follow the directions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.
Views expressed are those of the individual. Consult your health professional to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology.
In Australia, Cochlear™ Nucleus® implant systems are intended for the treatment of moderately severe to profound hearing loss.
In Australia, Baha® bone conduction implant systems are intended for the treatment of moderate to profound hearing loss.
In Australia, the Cochlear™ Osia® System is indicated for patients with conductive, mixed hearing loss and single-sided sensorineural deafness (SSD) aged 10 years and above with up to 55 decibels sensorineural hearing loss. Patients should have sufficient bone quality and quantity to support successful implant placement. Surgery is required to use this product. Any surgical procedure carries risk.
For Cochlear™ Nucleus®, Osia® and Baha® systems: This product is not available for purchase by the general public. For information on funding and reimbursement please contact your health care professional.
Any testimonial featured on this website is intended for an Australian audience only.
- Al Anazy FH, Alobaid FA, Alshiha WS. Sensorineural hearing loss following tympanoplasty surgery: A prospective cohort study . Egypt J Otolaryngol 2016;32:93-7