Baha System for Children’s Hearing Loss
Our pediatric SLUCare Physician Group audiologists are eager to find the most effective solution for your child’s hearing loss. With an extensive record of restoring hearing to children of all ages, we are experts in several treatment options including the Baha system.
Baha is a surgically implanted device used for the treatment of hearing loss in children and adults who suffer from chronic ear infections, atresia, or single-sided deafness (SSD). The Baha system is surgically placed behind the non-functioning ear and allows sound to be conducted through bone.
After thoroughly evaluating your child’s hearing condition, our audiologists will explain the benefits and risks of various treatment options. Due to the softer bone and thinner skulls of children, the FDA has not approved the Baha implant procedure for children less than five years of age. Babies, however, can be fitted with the Baha Softband, a sound processor placed comfortably around a baby’s head with an elastic band and plastic snap.
Baha for Single-Sided Deafness
Children affected with Single-Sided Deafness (SSD) are left without adequate hearing. SSD can cause various problems, including difficulty understanding speech in the presence of background noise, and an inability to decide where a sound is coming from. Surgical placement of the Baha can result in the sensation of hearing from the non-functioning ear, helping eliminate issues involving SSD.
Baha for Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive, or mixed hearing loss, can be the result of a chronic ear infection or ear malformation. The Baha system helps resolve these issues by bypassing any problems in the ear canal or middle ear, and enhancing the sound quality so clarity and volume are maintained.
The Baha system may be a viable option for your child’s hearing loss. Call an SSM Health pediatric audiologist today for a full evaluation of your child’s hearing condition. We’ll work with you and your family to determine the right option for your child.