Question: I had an acoustic neuroma removed in 2002. The tumor was also involved with my facial nerve. While removing the tumor mass they had to take out the hammer, anvil and stirrup.
Will a Baha work in my situation? // Kevin
Answer: Hi Kevin, thanks for your question.
Removing an acoustic neuroma can lead to single-sided deafness (SSD). The Baha System uses the body’s natural ability to transfer sound. Instead of trying to push sound through the damaged area in the outer or middle ear, it reroutes the sound directly through bone, from the damaged ear to the working inner ear on the other side. This makes it easier to understand speech in noisy situations and reduces the attenuation of sounds from the deaf side So the bone conduction implant actually sends the sound through your skull bone instead of via air.
For instance, if you scratch your head you can hear it, right? The same with bone conduction. You just hear the sound in a different way.
We have several stories from people with SSD who benefit greatly from the Baha System, such as Tim and Victor, using the Baha Attract and Connect systems respectively. Discuss with your health care professional what option would be best for you.
Another good thing is that you can always try the system before you decide to get it. Your hearing care professional can fit a Baha Sound Processor to a Softband or a testband on your head. This gives a good idea of the benefit.
//The Baha Blog team