Bone conduction implant surgery

Find out about bone conduction implant surgery, including what happens and what to expect before and after your procedure.

hearing health professional explains bone conduction cochlear implant surgery

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?

Bone conduction implant surgery is a routine operation similar to getting a dental implant.

As there is no surgery on the actual ear, there is little to no risk of damage to your existing natural hearing.

The surgery takes place under local or general anaesthesia. A surgeon places the implant in the bone behind your ear. The implant combines with this bone over time – through a natural process called osseointegration – to provide a stable foundation for your sound processor.

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 under an hour.

Baha recipient Isabella poses for a photo with her mum and brother

"After the surgery, we actually went home that day. We were home by noon. And by three o'clock we were having to remind her to stop jumping around, you just had surgery!"*¹

- Melissa, mother of Cochlear™ Baha® recipient Isabella

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