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Experiencing the World of sound with BAHA impalnts

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BAHA implantation is a life changing surgical procedure that restores hearing in children born deaf or adults who lose hearing in later life, by use of a bionic device. Children who otherwise may have grown up into deaf and dumb adults regain their hearing and speaking capabilities after surgery at par with other normal children. Only a handful of centers in India offer this service. Columbia Asia is one of the centers who are successfully carrying out this surgery.
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BAHA IMPLANT
A BAHA (Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid) is a type of hearing aid based on bone conduction. The BAHA
system utilizes the body's natural ability to conduct sound. Bone, like air, conducts sound vibrations. For
people with hearing loss, this provides another pathway to perceive sound.

Typical hearing aids rely on air conduction
and a functioning middle ear. In cases where
the middle ear function may be blocked,
damaged or occluded, the BAHA system may
be a better option as it bypasses the middle
ear altogether. Instead, sound is sent around
the damaged or problematic area, naturally
stimulating the cochlea through bone
conduction. 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, allowing a BAHA recipient to perceive
sound.
BAHA is the preferred treatment for children and adults with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss
or single-sided sensorineural deafness
The BAHA system consists of 3 parts.
1. A sound processor that picks up sound
vibrations.
2. An abutment is attached to the sound
processor and the implant. The abutment
transfers the sound vibrations from the
processor to the implant.
3. A small titanium implant is placed in the
bone behind the ear where it fuses with the
living bone. This process is called
osseointegration. The implant transfers the
sound vibrations to the functioning cochlea.
To benefit from the BAHA a person needs sufficient function in at least one cochlea. The only way to
know if a person can benefit is to have a thorough assessment by an audiologist and ENT team who
specializes in fitting the BAHA.
The Process
1. Assessing your hearing
A BAHA-qualified ENT surgeon and/or audiologist carry out the necessary tests to determine if you, or
your child, are a candidate for BAHA. This is the time you should ask to try BAHA and experience the
difference it can make to your life.
2. Receiving your implant
This is a relatively a minor procedure. Under either local or general anesthetic, your surgeon removes
some hair follicles behind your ear and places a BAHA titanium implant with an abutment.

BAHA surgery is considered to be very low risk. Unlike other types of ear surgery, there is no chance of
ther types of ear surgery,
further damage to your existing hearing. Most people get back t
further damage to your existing hearing
o their normal day to day duties in just a
. Most people get back t
few days.
3. Osseointegration
After the surgery, your implant needs time to fuse (osseointegrate
After the surgery, your imp
) wit
lant needs time to fuse (osseointegrate
h the bone before your sound
processor can be attached. Your surgeon will be able to give you an indication of how long this pr
processor can be attached. Your surgeon will be
ocess
able to give you an indication of how long this pr
may take.
4. Fitting your processor
Once your implant has formed a strong bond with the surr
Once your implant has formed a strong bond with th
ounding bone ('osseointegration'), it's time to
have the BAHA sound processor fitted and switched on for the first
sound proc
time. You'll be able to hear s
essor fitted and switched on for the first
ound
time. You'll be able to hear s
straight-away!
At the same time, your hearing health professional w
At the same time, your hearing
ill make adjustments to the BAHA
ill make adjustmen
settings to suit
your unique hearing needs.
Unlike other hearing implants, a BAHA can
be trialed before making the decision to
proceed with surgery. The sound
processor is connected to a test band, test
rod or BAHA Softband, allowing your child
to instantly experience hearing via the
BAHA system. As a parent, you too can do
a BAHA trial to experience the quality of
sound your child will be hearing.
TREATMENT COST
7250-9750 USD ( depending on the type of implant)
( depending on the type of i
Stay : 2 days in the hospital
For Further Queries :
Write to rashmi.hingorani@columbiaasia.com
rashmi.hingorani@columbiaa
Phone # +91-958-247-5497

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