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Cochlear implantation and BAHA surgeries

BAHA surgery treatment in Hebbal, Bangalore

Hearing impairment is not the same for everyone, and, in some cases, simple hearing aids cannot be the solution. Your healthcare provider or audiologist may advise hearing implants such as Cochlear and BAHA, which can be a good help for profound hearing loss, providing the sense of sound back.

BAHA Implant

BAHA surgery treatment in Hebbal, Bangalore is a device surgically inserted into the ear to assist people enduring pain and loss of hearing to restore their hearing ability and help them with speech problems. Most standard or traditional hearing aids use air conduction to convey sound, and the BAHA device is capable of mild to moderate hearing loss problems.

 The BAHA device helps to deal with hearing problems related to the middle and outer ears. The sound waves collected in the BAHA device take a sidestep from the middle ear and go straight to the functioning cochlea in both ears.

A BAHA device consists of two parts,

  1. The sound processor 

  2. An external abutment that is surgically placed behind the ear in the bone.

The implant is grafted into the bone. The processor, which remains outside, is connected to the implant. The processor has an inbuilt microphone that picks up sounds. The sounds are then transmitted to the implant, which causes the implant to vibrate, in turn triggering the Cochlear. The doctor suggests a BAHA implant when other conventional hearing aids have failed to provide desired results. People with collapsed or irritated ear canals are also advised to consider BAHA implants for facilitating an optimal hearing solution.

Cochlear Implant Surgery

A Cochlear Implant Surgery utilises a small, highly integrated electronic device to cure deafness and other hearing problems. The cochlear implant comprises two distinct but connected pieces, i.e. an external piece inserted behind the ear and another internal piece implanted under the skin of the ear. A cochlear implant can be broken down into four parts as follows,

  1. A microphone that gathers noise and sounds from around up to a certain distance

  2. A speech processor which analyses and synchronises the sounds the microphone has collected

  3. A receiver that picks up signals from the speech processor and a transmitter that converts them into electric impulses

  4. An electrode ray (a bunch of electrodes) attract impulses sent by the stimulator and channelises them to different sections of auditory nerves.

The implant, however, does not eliminate deafness; it only gives you a good portrayal of sounds in the environment, which leverages understanding speech.

The surgery is done in the following way,

  1. The implant site and its surrounding areas are shaved clean.

  2. The patient's vital signs readings are taken and noted from the monitor screen, which is attached to the patient through a connecting cable and a patch.

  3. General anaesthesia is administered to put the patient to sleep, so they are at ease before and during surgery. 

  4. After successful implantation of the device, procedures are conducted to awaken the patient by lessening the Anesthesia effect.

After surgery, various re-visits to the doctors' cabins will be suggested to help you learn the basics of how to utilise and care for the device. Further fine-tuning will occur in a month or two, and one will enjoy an optimal hearing experience with committed efforts. Consult with ENT specialists at Manipal Hospitals to know more about treatments.

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