Bone conduction implant
Why consider a bone conduction implant?
A bone conduction implant works like a hearing aid and helps to bring sounds back into a normal hearing range.
People with certain types of hearing losses may benefit from a bone conduction implant.
- If a hearing loss exists because of a problem in the outer and/or middle ears then a hearing aid will most likely help. However, if wearing a hearing aid causes repeated ear infections or severe discomfort, your doctor may advise you not to wear a hearing aid. In such cases a bone conduction implant could be the solution.
- If you have a hearing loss in only one ear and if that hearing loss is too great for a hearing aid to help, then a bone conduction implant may be an option.
How does a bone conduction implant work?
Consider normal hearing where sound is transmitted along the following route:
Sound -> external ear -> middle ear -> inner ear (cochlea) -> brain
A bone conduction implant processes incoming sound dependent on your hearing levels. Instead of sending the sound through your ear as a hearing aid would, it sends the sound by vibration across your skull to the hearing organ (cochlea).
Sound -> cochlea -> brain
A bone conduction implant may be an option if you:
- Should wear hearing aids but can’t because of repeated ear infections.
- have lost the hearing in one ear.
We work closely with your existing hearing aid audiologist/ audiometrist and Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon to establish whether a bone conduction implant is an appropriate option for you. We are always available to discuss your case with you or your hearing health provider. Contact us at email@example.com