Bone Conduction Implants
All brands, all models
At Hello Hearing, we are proud to offer alternative options to traditional hearing aids in situations where they are likely to provide a greater degree of benefit. Implantable hearing technology is a rapidly growing area and in recent years there have been a number of exciting developments. Our clinic has no financial commitments or otherwise to any particular implant manufacturer, and unlike many clinics, we enjoy the ability to offer the most suitable device for your particular condition. We have strong relationships with a number of experienced ENT surgeons and can give you advice on the most appropriate path for your needs.
There are currently two main types of implantable bone conduction devices, involving either an active or passive implant.
The Bonebridge is the world's first active bone conduction implant system, with typical applications being for individuals with conductive or mixed hearing loss, as well as some cases of single-sided deafness. This device is manufactured by MEDEL, and there are no other mainstream devices of this type currently available. With the Bonebridge, sound waves are transmitted via bone conduction directly to the inner ear, where they are processed as natural sound, bypassing any obstruction in the middle ear. A Bonebridge system consists of two parts: an externally worn audio processor, which sits off the ear, and an internal bone conduction implant, which is fully contained under the skin.
Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA)
The BAHA, which stands for Bone Anchored Hearing Aid, has been around in one form or another for more than 35 years. There are currently two mainstream manufacturers of this type of device, being Cochlear and Oticon. This minimally-invasive system uses the body’s natural ability to conduct sound through bone conduction, with typical applications being for those with conductive hearing loss or single-sided deafness. The BAHA system consists of an external bone conduction processor, which clips on to an abutment anchored into the skull behind the ear.