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Who Can Benefit From a BAHA

Generally, patients who might benefit from a BAHA are those who are not candidates for middle ear surgery to correct a conductive hearing loss in both ears or who have a single-sided deafness (and normal or near normal hearing in the other ear).

Children
Moderate to severe conductive hearing loss (normal to near normal inner ear function and abnormal outer or middle ear function) in both ears due to congenital abnormalities (microtia, congenital aural atresia, etc.), cholesteatoma or chronic ear surgery, and no reasonable options for conventional hearing aids, additional middle ear surgery / ossicular chain reconstruction.

Adults

  1. Moderate to severe conductive hearing loss (normal to near normal inner ear function and abnormal outer or middle ear function) in one or both ears due to congenital abnormalities (microtia, congenital aural atresia, etc.), otosclerosis, cholesteatoma or chronic ear surgery, and no reasonable options for conventional hearing aids, additional middle ear surgery / ossicular chain reconstruction.
  2. A significant sensorineural hearing loss in ONE ear due to an acoustic neuroma / vestibular schwannoma, a viral infection (idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss or deafness), previous ear surgery, or head injury / trauma. The OTHER ear must have normal to near normal inner ear function.