Bone conduction implants for adults

Bone conduction implants can have the potential to make everyday activities less stressful and more enjoyable. Learn how they may be able to help you.

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What you'll find on this page

  • Information on how a bone conduction implant might help you.
  • The benefits of bone conduction implants.
  • How to try bone conduction hearing.

"Voices sound more real. Since wearing the device, it's helped with my work. For example, I work with children and I know that I can hear them more clearly."

- Irene M, Cochlear™ Baha® recipient, Spain

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Could a bone conduction implant help you?

If you have single-sided hearing loss, conductive hearing loss and mixed hearing loss, a bone conduction implant may help. They're also used to treat hearing loss due to illness or infections.

What are the benefits?

Research and decades of experience have shown that a bone conduction implant could help you:1-5

  • Hear even in noisy environments1,2.

  • Enjoy improved sound quality (compared to hearing aids) by bypassing the damaged part of the ear to reduce the amount of amplification needed to hear better3.

  • Enjoy improved speech recognition (compared to hearing aids)3.

  • Improved ability to hear important sounds and become more aware of your surroundings.

  • Engage in conversations more easily.

Try out the Cochlear™ Baha® System

If you've been told a bone conduction implant is a treatment option for your hearing loss, you can try the Baha system before deciding whether to get an implant.

The Cochlear™ Baha® SoundArc™ introduces a comfortable way to 'try out' bone conduction hearing.

You can trial the Baha 5 Sound Processor in your specialist's rooms or at home. This will help you experience its sound and feel more prepared to make a decision on whether to get an implant.

Find a hearing specialist near you

There are no clinics close to you.

You can search for clinics in a different location, or contact Cochlear to understand what the next steps for you would be.

Disclaimer

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 read the instructions 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.

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References

  1. 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." Otology & Neurotology. 2006;27(2):172-82.
  2. Flynn MC, Sadeghi A, Halvarsson G. Baha solutions for patients with severe mixed hearing loss. Cochlear Implants Int 2009;10 Suppl 1:43-7.
  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.