Tip of the Week: The DermaLock Abutment

Every Wednesday, Mark Flynn, PhD, Cochlear’s Audiologist and Director of Research and Applications, gives his best Baha tips!

The importance of the abutment

For most people who discover they have a hearing loss and need a bone conduction solution, the main debate is which sound processor to choose. But which abutment you have is of equal importance!

Over the past year or two we here at Cochlear have made a number of key advances with the Baha Connect System. We wanted to see how we could both reduce complications and improve the cosmetic appearance of the surgical site.

In 2012, based on many years of research, we developed the DermaLock Abutment and surgical procedure. The special surface – hydroxyapatite – of the abutment is designed to attach to the soft tissue.

For most people, this means that the surgeon no longer needs to remove soft tissue or hair from the area around the abutment. This will result in a more cosmetically attractive site. The simpler surgery also means less numbness and/or pain around the abutment site.

As the Baha Connect System is such an effective method of sound transfer between the sound processor and the implant, we will continue to develop and advance the system for people who need this efficient transfer.

What it looks like -DermaLock patients after surgery.

What it looks like: DermaLock patients at various stages after surgery.

Always consult your hearing care professional regarding treatment options.