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What is Baha procedure?

What is Baha procedure?

Baha is a technology that combines a sound processor with a small titanium fixture implanted behind the ear. This unique system allows the bone to transfer sound to a functioning cochlea (See How the Ear Works) rather than via the middle ear – a process known as direct bone conduction.

Are Baha implants MRI safe?

For the Baha Connect System, as long as the sound processor is removed, you can have MRI scans at 1.5T and 3.0T. For the Baha Attract System, an MRI can be performed at 1.5 Tesla with the magnet in place. If a higher strength MRI or reduction of artifact is required, the internal magnet can be surgically removed.

Can Baha 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).

How can you tell a Baha?

Put the softband on your head, turn the volume up, put your fingers in your ears and listen. Snap the sound processor onto a test rod and turn the volume up. Hold the rod between your index and middle fingers and press it against the skull bone behind your ear. Use your little finger to cover the ear canal and listen.

Does Baha require surgery?

It is important to note that the Baha system requires surgical placement of the titanium implant followed by its integration into the bony architecture. The device works by transmitting sound through bone to the inner ear thus, bypassing both the external auditory canal and the middle ear [2].

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 long does BAHA surgery take?

Cochlear’s Baha Attract Device This procedure takes approximately 60-90 minutes. Possible complications include skin problems and discomfort from wearing the processor as the magnet pressure has to be high for optimal hearing with this device.

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 to expect after Baha attract surgery?

You may experience oozing and drainage from the incision. This is normal, and cleaning it with hydrogen peroxide and water is all you need to do. Numbness and occasional sharp shooting pains are not unusual for as much as several months after surgery.

What to expect after BAHA attract surgery?

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Does insurance cover BAHA hearing aid?

Unlike hearing aids, the Cochlear™ Baha® System is covered by Medicare. It is also covered by many insurance plans and typically Medicaid. Here are the different types of insurance and the guidelines to help you through the process.