Bone Anchored Hearing Devices
Bone-anchored Hearing Device Overview
Bone-anchored hearing devices, also called osseo-integrated hearing devices, describe a special class of hearing rehabilitation technology designed to overcome challenges that prevent successful use of traditional hearing aids.
How do bone-anchored hearing devices work?
All versions of this technology work by delivering sound waves directly to the bone behind/around the human ear. This mechanism is known as bone conduction. Traditional hearing aids amplify sound waves traveling through air in the ear canal to the eardrum/hearing bone complex. Bone-anchored hearing devices, however, can bypass these structures and directly stimulate the hearing organ through subtle vibrations.
Am I a good candidate for a bone-anchored hearing device?
You may be a good candidate for bone-anchored hearing technology if you have conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, or single-ear deafness. These devices are also well suited to patients who have poor mechanical hearing due to various conditions that block, disrupt, or damage the ear canal, eardrum and/or hearing bones.
There are a number of bone-anchored hearing devices presently available to patients, each with unique abilities and attributes. Your surgeon will counsel you on which of these may be best for you (or your child).
How can I learn more about bone-anchored hearing devices?
If you are interested in learning more about bone-anchored hearing technology, please contact our ENT department. We will promptly schedule you for a consultation with our neurotologist and audiology team.