Bone Conduction Implants are recommended for patients with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, or single-sided deafness (severe to profound hearing loss in one ear). These devices conduct sound waves through the bone to bypass the external and middle ear to reach the inner ear. This type of sound transmission is referred to as bone conduction.
What are Bone Conduction Implants?
Bone conduction implants (BCIs) consist of two types of devices: active BCIs and passive BCIs. At the Hearing Institute, we offer all types of bone conduction devices and will help you determine which would be most appropriate for your specific type and degree of hearing loss.
Active BCIs are newer bone conduction implants that are rapidly gaining popularity as high-fidelity bone conduction solutions. These devices are implanted into the skull behind the ear and are hidden completely underneath the skin. A speech processor is worn on the scalp that is secured via a magnet over the internal component of the implant. The externally worn speech processor detects sound, electronically transmits the signal to the internal device, and produces programmable active vibration of the implant. Examples of active BCIs include the Med El BONEBRIDGE and the Cochlear Osia.
Before active bone conduction devices were developed, the most common surgical option for bone conduction was passive BCIs. These devices are also attached to the skull behind the ear and secured either through the skin (percutaneous) or via a magnet (transcutaneous) to an externally worn speech processor. In these devices, the speech processor detects sound and vibrates. These vibrations are passively conducted to the internal device, which in turn vibrates the skull for bone conduction. Examples of passive devices include the Cochlear Baha Connect and Oticon Ponto (percutaneous devices) as well as the Cochlear Baha Attract (a transcutaneous device).
Hearing Solutions in Denver, CO
The experts at the Hearing Institute are well-versed in the full spectrum of treatment options for patients suffering from hearing loss. From basic hearing aids to implantable hearing devices, our solutions have helped hundreds achieve a better quality of life through better hearing.
To learn more about these hearing implants and to find out which may be right for your unique needs, call us or contact us online today to schedule an appointment.