Friday, 22 May 2009


Today, I went to see my Audiologist about getting a new hearing aid.
My current hearing aid(s) were fitted ten years ago ...though I only wear one as the other aid doesn't help. I know technology has improved over the years and I was very excited to hear a new option.

He told me about a new system called BAHA (Bone anchored hearing aid) and suggested I might be a candidate.
I made a few phone calls and booked an appointment for July for a hearing test and assessment to see if I am a suitable candidate.

I found this on the Cochlear Aust site...

Cochlear, the world leader in implantable hearing solutions, now brings hearing to more people than ever before. Our bone conduction implant, the Baha® system, helps people with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss as well as Single Sided Deafness (SSD™).

The Baha sound processors provide hearing to people who cannot or do not want to use traditional hearing aid technology.

I have struggled with moderate hearing impairment for over 20 (to 30) years. It is mainly conductive deafness but I suspect it is mixed as well.
I suffer from constant ear infections and wearing the hearing aid exacerbates it.I have almost complete deafness in one ear and moderate hearing loss in the other , plus my middle ear bones have been affected by numerous infections and I have a perforated ear drum. It is not suitable for reconstruction.
This may be the answer I have been looking for to improve my life, and restore sound and communication.

The operation is 'simple' and the device an implantable prosthesis is allegedly covered by my health fund (The BAHA device @$6000 is not cheap). I have no idea of the cost of surgery though some will be covered by PHI.

I read it is also available through public system but have no idea of the waiting list time.
Today , I am very grateful we have private health insurance - I've paid thousands over the last 22 years.

Has anyone heard about BAHA ?
PS : The Audiologist didn't even charge me for his advice and he said he loses a sale over it too ;)
I joined an online forum and even got an email tonight from one of the first BAHA recipients 4 yrs ago.

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