Bone conduction implants for conductive and mixed hearing loss.
Hear what you've been missing.

Conditions like chronic ear infections and draining ears are more than inconvenient, they can cause permanent damage to your middle ear, and may even result in conductive or mixed hearing loss.

While you may be able to hear in quiet environments, you most likely struggle to hear and understand what is being said in noisy ones, making everyday life a bit more challenging.

John K., Baha recipient

Do you have conductive or mixed hearing loss?

You might, if you answer "yes" to any of these questions:

  • Do you experience chronic ear infections?
  • Do you have draining ears?
  • Do you have trouble getting sufficient loudness when using hearing aids?
  • Do you battle feedback or distorted sound quality when using hearing aids?
  • Do you suffer from sore or irritated ears due to your hearing aids?
  • Do you have malformed ears or ear canals?

Baha Success Stories

John K. lost his hearing in one ear to a tumor. As a successful professional and a busy father of four children, he knew he couldn't let his hearing loss slow him down. Learn more about how the Baha Implant System helped John reconnect with his life and the ones he loves.

Camille S. was born with Goldenhar Syndrome and also suffered from chronic ear infections and a growth in her middle ear - all by age 11. Camille loved to dance and the Baha Implant System helped her hear the music and enjoy her passions.

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Debra was diagnosed with a cholesteatoma that was life changing. The invasive tumor left her totally deaf in her right ear, leaving her without sound and often times missing out on conversations that were happening right in front of her. Thanks to the Baha 5 System, Debra is no longer missing out on any conversations and is enjoying richer relationships with family and friends.

Understanding conductive hearing loss.

Conductive hearing loss occurs when damage to the outer ear or middle ear blocks sound vibrations from reaching your inner ear. People who have conductive hearing loss may feel like their ears are plugged and speech may sound muffled. With this type of hearing loss, you will most likely understand speech, but only if it's loud enough and if there is little to no background noise.

Some of the most common causes of conductive hearing loss include:

  • Malformations at birth
  • Microtia and Astresia
  • Previous ear surgeries
  • Chronic mastoiditis or middle ear infections
  • Skin growth or cyst (cholesteatoma)
  • Syndromes such as Down, Goldenhar and Treacher Collins
  • Draining ears
  • Chronic ear infections


Understanding conductive hearing loss

Understanding mixed hearing loss.

Mixed hearing loss refers to a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. This means there may be damage in both the outer or middle ear and in the inner ear. People who suffer from mixed hearing loss describe sounds as being both softer and more difficult to understand.

Any of the causes of conductive hearing loss plus any of the following can lead to mixed hearing loss:

  • Aging
  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Head trauma
  • Genetics
  • Otosclerosis
  • Ménière's disease
Understanding mixed hearing loss

The Cochlear™ Baha® Implant System for conductive and mixed hearing loss.

The Cochlear Baha System is an implantable hearing solution that uses your natural ability to conduct sound to bypass the damaged outer and middle ear, and sends clearer, more crisp sound directly to your inner ear.¹

Cochlear Baha System

How bone conduction systems are different from:

Conventional Hearing Aids

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  • The Baha System is an implantable hearing solution designed to use your body's natural ability to conduct sound through bone conduction.
  • Hearing aids try to amplify the sounds you hear by pushing them through the damaged part of the ear.
  • The Baha System bypasses the outer and middle ear and sends clearer, more crisp sound directly to your inner ear.¹
  • Some hearing aids require users to wear an earmold, which can aggravate existing conditions, such as draining ears, or create feedback problems.

Middle Ear Surgery

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  • Surgery is an irreversible treatment option.
  • If you are considering surgery, you can try the Baha System beforehand risk-free. That way, you'll know your options before making your final decision.
  • If you get the Baha System and find it is not right for you, you will have the ability to try other solutions without the risk of losing any remaining hearing you may have.
  • The Baha Implant is designed and tested for long-term reliability and better sound transmission compared to other systems.2,3

REFERENCES

  1. Gustafsson J. BCDrive performance vs. conventional bone conduction transducer. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, 629908, 2015.
  2. Sennerby L, Gottlow J, Rosengren A, Flynn M. An experimental evaluation of a new craniofacial implant using the rabbit tibia model. Part II. Biomechanical findings. Otology and Neurotology (accepted).
  3. Dun, C.A.J. , de Wolf, M.J.F , Wigren, S., Eeg Olofsson, M., Granstrom, G.,Green, K., Flynn, M.C., Stalfors, J., Rothera, M., Mylanus, E.A.M., & Cremers, C.W.R.J. (2010) Development and Multi centre Clinical Investigation of a Novel Baha Implant System. Technical and 6 Month Data. Paper presented at CI 2010, Stockholm, Sweden.