Bone Conduction Hearing Solutions
A person can hear sound through two different mechanisms: air conduction and bone conduction. Air conduction relies on sound being transmitted through the outer ear, by way of air, to the middle ear eventually arriving at the inner ear. Bone conduction relies on the transmission of the sound through vibrations of the skull directly to the inner ear. If the outer or middle ear is blocked then the air conduction pathway becomes an ineffective route for the transmission of the sound.
It may be possible that you suffer from certain conditions that create a conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, or single-sided deafness. Sounds may be blocked from reaching the inner ear due to outer or middle ear damage or you may experience total hearing loss in one ear, but have relatively good hearing in the other ear. It can often be difficult to treat these types of hearing losses with traditional hearing aids.
How These Cochlear Implants Work
A bone conduction hearing system captures sound and routes it to the inner ear through bone conduction instead of air conduction. The bone conduction hearing system involves the surgical implantation of a very small titanium implant with a connecting abutment. The abutment comes through the surface of the skin and is attached to a small sound processor. The sound processor picks up sound and through vibrations of the skull transmits the sound to the inner ear. This can often result in a more direct, efficient, and clear auditory signal for the patient. It is a safe and simple surgical procedure resulting in improved hearing for the patient. The bone-anchored hearing system is an FDA approved device recognized by medical professionals as a viable solution for conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, or single-sided deafness. If you feel like you are not receiving the benefit from your hearing aid/s and suffer from the above mentioned types of hearing loss, a bone anchored hearing system may prove to be an effective alternative. Audiologists who have training in the area of bone anchored hearing systems can administer a series of tests to determine if you might be a good candidate for this technology. It is also possible to demo the device through the use of a soft band or head band.