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Cochlear Baha System - When Hearing Aids Are Not Enough


What is the Cochlear™ Baha® System?

The Baha System utilizes your body’s natural ability to conduct sound.

Bone, like air, can also conduct sound vibrations to the cochlea (inner ear). For people with hearing loss, bone transmission of sound provides another pathway to perceive sound. In a healthy ear, sound is transmitted through air to the eardrum and then along pathways in the area called the middle ear. Small bones in the middle ear help to magnify the sound as it then reaches the hearing organ, or cochlea, in the inner ear. Typical hearing aids rely on air conduction and, ideally, on a normally functioning middle ear.

In cases where the middle ear function is blocked, damaged or occluded, the Baha System may be a better option as it bypasses the outer and middle ear altogether. Instead, sound is sent around the damaged or problematic area, naturally stimulating the cochlea through bone conduction.

When someone has lost most of the hearing in one ear, but has normal hearing on the other side, the Baha System works to reroute sound to the better ear. It uses our body's natural ability to conduct sound through bone in order to deliver the signal to the better hearing ear.

Once the cochlea receives these sound vibrations, the organ 'hears' in the same manner as through air conduction; the sound is converted into neural signals and is transferred to the brain, thus allowing a Baha recipient to perceive sound as if it were from both sides.

The process of receiving the Baha® System involves a short, minimally invasive surgical procedure that takes about an hour. Most people are able to return home the same day, and return to normal activities within a few days.

Is the Cochlear™ Baha® System right for me?

  • Do you hear from only one side?
  • Have you lost hearing from prior ear surgeries?
  • Do you have malformed ears?
  • Have infections led to chronically draining ears?
  • When using hearing aids, do you have sore or irritated ears due to wearing your earmolds?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you may be a candidate for a Baha® System. Please contact our office and ask to speak with one of our Audiologists, or schedule an appointment with one of our Physicians for a full evaluation.

Is the Cochlear™ Baha® System covered by insurance?

The Baha® System is a medical device which is covered by many insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid as long as you meet certain guidelines or requirements. We will need to check for exact requirements and coverage, as benefits may differ from plan to plan.

Can I try the Baha® System before I get one?

Yes, in the office. We can fit you with a DEMO processor using a headband. The processor rests on the bone behind your ear, with the skin acting as a barrier. With this device you can experience a very reasonable stimulation of the improved clarity and quality of sound that comes with the actual implanted Baha unit.

Please call our office to schedule an appointment with an Audiologist to demo the Baha.

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