Can I wear a hearing aid after Baha surgery?

Question: Hello there I am in the process of considering a Baha system, after years of using air conducted hearing aids. Can I still wear my air conducted hearing aid during the period that I need the abutment wound site to heal after surgery? I cant imagine going several months with out hearing support whilst the site heals.
many thanks


Answer: Hi Liz! This is a common question which I would suggest you raise with your healthcare provider. Typically, there will be a follow-up visit at 1-2 weeks following the operation, when you can discuss if the surgical area is sufficiently healed for the wearing of a hearing aid until the sound processor can be fitted. Today, the surgical procedure for the Baha System is quite straightforward with reports* of relatively quick healing time. And certainly you can continue to wear a hearing aid on one side, if your Baha operation was on the other side.

Good luck!

~ Mark C. Flynn, PhD Audiologist, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions

* Smeds, H., Van Hasselt, A., Luntz, M., Goycoolea, M., Flynn, M., Wigren, S., Weber, P., Plant, K., Knight, M., Cowan, R. & Briggs R., Clinical outcomes from an international multi-center clinical investigation of a new magnetic bone conduction implant system. 13th  International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Auditory Technologies, Munich, 18-21 June 2014.