Bone conduction implants are an alternative option to hearing aids, suitable for people with conductive and mixed hearing loss, as well as those with single sided deafness. Bone conduction implants can also help people who are physically unable to wear conventional hearing aids for medical or anatomical reasons.
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a good candidate for a bone conduction device. The type of device most suitable for you will depend on your hearing loss, skin and bone condition, as well as your personal preferences. Your implant audiologist will be able to advise whether or not you may be a suitable candidate.
How Does a Bone Conduction Implant Work?
All bone conduction devices consist of an internal part (the implant) and an external part (the sound processor).
How bone conduction implants work with single sided deafness?
You may benefit from a bone conduction implant if you have single-sided deafness. The implant is used slightly differently than when someone has a conductive or mixed hearing loss.
- The bone-anchored device is placed behind the ‘non-hearing ear’.
- Soundwaves are picked up by the processor and then transferred through the bones of the skull, to the hearing ear.
- This allows the detection of sounds coming from the ‘non-hearing side.’
There are many types of Bone Conduction Implants available. During your assessment, your audiologist will see how you perform with a bone conduction tester and you may trial this tester at home.
Bone conduction implants have provided a clinically proven solution for hearing loss for over 30 years. Ear Science Clinic is a not-for-profit organisation with a team of audiologists specialised in this sophisticated and effective treatment option.
“After switch on, the feeling was brilliant. Being able to hear things from all directions was a new sensation. Hearing the seatbelt slide over my shoulder was something that I had never heard before. It was the little, subtle things that made the biggest impact. The advice I would give to someone considering a BAHA implant is to do your research and speak to other recipients. There is a mentor program in place to assist people with their decisions by speaking to previous recipients. If the good outcomes outweigh the bad, do not hesitate, in my opinion; it is well worth the journey.”- Peter
“I have found the bone anchored hearing aid truly life changing; it has profoundly altered my self-perception and allowed me to do so much more. I would strongly encourage anybody thinking about a bone anchored hearing aid to have the trial band fitted and take it from there.”- Polly Smith