The BAHA system may be an effective solution for patients that have mixed hearing loss, conductive hearing loss, single-sided deafness (SSD) with good hearing in the other ear. BAHA is a surgically implanted device that functions by sending sound through vibration to the “good”ear. The system utilizes a small titanium implant placed in the skull behind the ear which will hold a small sound processor. The system is based on the process of “osseointegration” which means:
- The sound waves are received by the processor and changed into vibrations.
- These vibrations from the processor are transferred from abutment to the titanium implant.
- Then the implant uses bone conduction to transfer sound vibrations to the cochlea, as you can see in the illustration below.
Externally, the BAHA system appears as you see below: