Question: I am 78 years old and considering a Baha implant on my right side, but I sleep on that side only and I am now afraid that it will hurt if I sleep on that side…Please let me know if it is painless to sleep on it. Thanks and best regards // Claudio
Answer: Hi Claudio,
The good news is that the surgery has become less invasive in recent years so that pain and numbness are much less prevalent than in the past*.
In most cases, the abutment or magnet against the pillow is comfortable and should not cause any irritation. Looking at the literature, there will be a period of healing immediately after surgery when it may be uncomfortable. Following healing, you could experience some numbness or sensitivity which typically resolves over time**. Many people report to me that it is a matter of “see how it goes”, and over time it should be fine to sleep on the side with the implant.
This is a common question that your healthcare professional will be able to guide you through.
~ Mark C. Flynn, PhD Audiologist, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions