An osseointegrated device is an auditory prosthetic device that allows patients with certain types of hearing loss to experience hearing. These systems are sometimes referred to as “BAHAs” or bone-anchored hearing aids. An auditory prosthetic device may be an option for patients with single-sided deafness; patients with conductive, mixed, or sensorineural hearing loss; or patients who are unable to use conventional air conduction hearing aids.
Bone conduction options include:
- Surgical prosthetic devices: Prosthetics that are surgically implanted into the bone of the skull behind the ear and use an attached sound processor via a titanium abutment or magnetic coupling.
- Non-surgical prosthetic devices: Removable devices that utilize a non-invasive approach, using a headband or medical grade adhesive to hold the processor at the ear to transmit sound.
The Audiologists at Trinity Health have extensive experience with all currently FDA-approved systems. We provide programming and support for Cochlear BAHA, Medtronic Sophono, MedEl ADHEAR and Oticon Medical devices. Most devices can now be used with wireless accessories to improve communication in difficult situations.
Trinity provides full audiological evaluation for these devices, as well as fitting, programming, troubleshooting, and follow-up care. If a patient is a candidate and elects to pursue surgical implantation, we will refer the patient to the Ears, Nose, and Throat department. Dr. Mark Noel is an experienced ENT physician who completes surgical candidacy evaluations and surgical implantation of these devices. He also completes surgery for a special type of system, called the Vistafix, to allow a patient to use a prosthetic ear.