How much does a BAHA implant cost?

The cost of a bone conduction hearing device (BAHA/BAHS) can vary based on contracted pricing per medical facility. The cost of a BAHA/BASH can range between $4,500 (USD) to $8,000 (USD).

What is a bone-anchored device?

Bone-anchored hearing systems are implantable devices that treat hearing loss. They treat hearing loss through bone conduction of sound vibrations to the inner ear—this is in contrast to regular hearing aids, which amplify acoustic sounds that enter the ear canal.

Is BAHA the same as a cochlear implant?

A bone-anchored hearing solution delivers sound vibrations directly to the inner ear in direct contact with the skull bones, while a cochlear implant (always surgical) completely by-passes the no more working hearing mechanism and stimulates the auditory nerve by internally implanted electrodes.

Can you swim with a BAHA implant?

Your Baha® sound processor is not waterproof. Never wear it in the shower or when swimming.

Can a BAHA implant be removed?

In most reports, BAHA implants were stable, and patients had significant hearing improvement. However, falling off or removal of BAHA implants has been reported in appropriately 4%–10% of patients due to various causes (Arnold et al., 2011, Hobson et al., 2010, Badran et al., 2009).

Does insurance cover BAHA implants?

Unlike hearing aids, the Cochlear™ Baha® System is covered by Medicare. It is also covered by many insurance plans and typically Medicaid.

Who is a candidate for bone anchored hearing aid?

Patients who have any of the following conditions may make good candidates for a bone anchored device: Otitis media with effusion (OME) Chronic otitis media. Aural atresia/Microtia.

Who is a candidate for a BAHA?

Patients who are 5 years of age or older with a profound sensorineural hearing loss and normal hearing in the opposite ear defined as a 20 dBHL air conduction pure tone average (. 5K, 1K, 2K, and 3K) is considered a Baha candidate.

Can a bone anchored hearing aid be removed?

Often the abutment can be removed in the clinic without issue, however if the abutment has been present for a long time the screw can become stripped (Figure 1).

Is BAHA surgery painful?

NORMAL POST OP COURSE: In general, BAHA surgery is a very safe surgery with limited post-operative pain and few complications. Pain at the surgical site is usually temporary. Stiffness of the jaw is also common. It is safe to sleep on the side of your operative ear.

How much does a Ponto 4 cost?

The BAHA or Ponto devices may cost about $10,000 after one includes the cost of the device itself (usually more than $5000), and the surgical costs.

How long does it take to recover from Baha surgery?

In rare instances, may take a few months. You may have temporary imbalance and dizziness that may persist for a week or more due to swelling at the surgical site, and prescribed anti-nausea, or pain medications. Temporary numbness in and around the ear is normal following surgery. This may last 6 months or more.

Who are the manufacturers of bone anchored hearing aids?

Currently, there are three manufacturers with FDA-approved bone-anchored hearing devices: Oticon Medical, Cochlear and Sophono (Medtronic). The devices fit differently for children and adults, with a soft band option available for children.

What’s the difference between bone anchored and cochlear implants?

For this reason, bone-anchored systems are considered specialty devices for certain hearing loss conditions, which are described below. Bone-anchored hearing systems, also known as bone-anchored auditory implants, are not to be confused with cochlear implants.

What are the results of sophono Alpha 2?

Bernardeschi D, Russo FY, Nguyen Y et al. Audiological Results and Quality of Life of Sophono Alpha 2 Transcutaneous Bone-Anchored Implant Users in Single-Sided Deafness. Audiol Neurotol 2016;21 (3):158-164.

When did the sophono hearing system get FDA clearance?

Sophono, founded in 2009, manufactures an abutment-free, implantable, magnetic bone conduction hearing system. The device received FDA clearance in June 2011.

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