Question: Hello. I am 75 years old, I am in good health. I lost hearing in the left ear completely in 1998 though it used to be in the range of 35-40%. My hearing in the right ear is 40% now. It was diagnosed as sensorieneural loss. I was a candidate for cochlear implant in 2007 but did not go ahead because I was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the same time. I had the surgery and I am fine now. Is Baha good for me? Is it covered by Medicare? Thanks. /Mohamed
Answer: Dear Mohamed,
Bone conduction hearing solutions are ideal for both adults and children with a hearing loss in one or both ears. Depending on the hearing loss you may be offered for one ear or both. The hearing loss can affect the conduction of sound through to the organ of hearing (nerves) and bypasses this blockage as the sound is transferred directly through the bone.
Alternatively, it provides a solution where a person has total deafness in one ear and normal hearing in the other. Here the sound is transferred via bone bone conduction from the poor hearing side to the good ear, to provide 360 degree sound awareness.
The bone conduction hearing solution is usually reimbursed, and in the USA both Medicare/Medicaid and a number of private insurers cover it.
For your specific situation, it is difficult to make recommendations. You should consult a hearing healthcare specialist who can recommend what hearing solution is best for you, and guide you on reimbursement options.
You can find the nearest clinic to you here!
~ Mark C. Flynn, PhD Audiologist, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions
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