Question: Is the Baha bone conduction implant recommended for a patient with “ear noise” and diagnosis of hearing loss? Also, does it help the “noise” go away? //Sharon
Answer: Dear Sharon. Thank you for your mail.
Both the Baha Connect and the Baha Attract Systems are suitable for people who have a deafness in one ear and normal hearing in the other ear. The Baha systems will help you to hear sound from the poor hearing side. Sound that is normally in the “shadow” will now be amplified to the normal hearing side via bone conduction. In addition to improved audibility, this will also lead to two key benefits; better understanding of speech in noise – especially when the speaker is on the poor hearing side – and awareness of sound from the poor side¹.
That said, bone conduction hearing implants are a solution for audibility and unfortunately not for relief of noises in the poor ear, or tinnitus. Generally speaking, you should expect no change to your tinnitus as the signal is being transferred to the good ear. Your hearing care professional will take tinnitus into account in the candidacy evaluations to ensure that it is managed correctly.
Best of luck!
~ Mark C. Flynn, PhD Audiologist, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions