What is the BAHA system?

What is the BAHA system? The BAHA system is an FDA-approved innovative technology for treating hearing loss, offering an alternative method for achieving sensitive hearing through direct bone conduction. BAHA couples the sound processor to the underlying bone through a small connector across the skin and an implant that directly bonds with the underlying bone. Currently, the BAHA system is the only hearing device that works through direct bone conduction.

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How does BAHA work?

This device uses direct bone conduction, which does not require using the ear canal and middle ear structures. A titanium fixture is implanted into the skull, providing sound by bone conduction through the bone to the inner ear. The resulting sound quality is exceptional because of BAHA’s technology, which combines a sound processor with a small titanium fixture implanted behind the ear. This allows the bone to transfer sound to a functioning cochlea instead of the middle ear.

Am I a good candidate for BAHA?

Good candidates for BAHA are people who have entirely lost hearing on one side, as BAHA can be implanted on the deaf side so they can hear sounds from the deaf side without turning their heads. The sound is transmitted directly through the bone to the functioning ear on the other side, without the need for wires or ear molds. BAHA may also improve their ability to hear in noisy situations.

  • Examples of good BAHA candidates may have hearing loss due to:
  • Ear canal infection resulting in chronic draining ears
  • Recurring middle ear infections
  • Cholesteatoma, or an abnormal collection of skin cells deep inside the ear
  • Sudden hearing loss
  • Acoustic neuroma, or a benign tumor that develops on the cochlear nerves leading from the inner ear to the brain
  • Meniere’s disease, an inner ear disease that causes vertigo episodes in addition to hearing loss

Since the BAHA device is implanted behind the ear and does not require the use of the ear canal, it is ideal for patients with congenital ear canal and middle ear malformations or congenital aural atresia. Because the ear canal is abnormal, reconstructive surgery and hearing aids may not be usable. The BAHA System can give these patients a higher chance of being able to hear better.

The BAHA System can be implanted in children as young as five, usually in two stages of surgery. The titanium implant is placed and entirely left under the skin during the first surgery to heal for six months. During the second surgery, an opening is made in the skin so the implant can be fitted with the hearing processor.

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The Barranco Clinic

The Barranco Clinic is one of Florida’s premier destinations for comprehensive care and modern ENT solutions. For over 20 years, we’ve helped patients improve their health and find relief from their ENT symptoms. 

Our goal is to provide each patient with:

Personalized Treatment

Our providers prioritize listening and understanding your concerns to ensure you feel as though you are getting the attention you deserve.

Top-rated Physician Network

We’ve built a provider network that is staffed with physicians who specialize in all areas of ENT care. Our goal is to ensure each visit with a provider leaves you feeling confident in their care plan.

Continuity of Care

Our providers believe in finding you long-term care solutions that address each of the symptoms affecting you, no matter how big or small.

Community Investment

The Barranco Clinic is proud to be a member of the Central Florida community and strives to always be available for our neighboring communities.

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Why choose the Barranco Clinic for my BAHA Implant?

For over 50 years, the Barranco Clinic has proudly provided patients across Central Florida with quality ear, nose, and throat care. Our board-certified providers have made it their priority to help patients understand and treat their audiology needs, such as hearing loss, a common concern for patients, especially as they age. The Barranco Clinic’s audiologists can help determine the cause of your hearing loss and find a workable hearing loss solution that will best suit your needs. With five convenient locations around the Orlando area, you are never far away from quality auditory care.

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