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Cochlear Implants
 
When hearing aids are no longer enough!!

Cochlear implants are for children and adults!!

Children:  You are a parent who has found out that your child has little to no usable hearing or an auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder.  If a cochlear implant has been suggested or you are just starting your research, below is a brief explanation of how a cochlear implant works and a few websites you can go to for more information.  There are also more links for parents under the pediatric tabs.

Adults:  You have used hearing aid for years but you are still not seeing the benefit.  You can hear the volume of sound but you cannot understand the words, even with hearing aids.  There may be another option: a cochlear implant.

Cochlear implants work differently than hearing aids because they are surgically implanted into the cochlea (the organ of hearing) creating a usable electrical signal.  Bypassing the natural hearing system in this fashion allows the brain to relearn how to listen in a different fashion, this then allows recipients to understand the words unlike hearing aid users could.

Brant Audiology Associates


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Cheyenne • Casper • Douglas • Laramie • Pine Bluffs • Torrington  • Wheatland • Chadron



What do I do if I feel I am a candidate or my child is a candidate for a cochlear implant?

Call Brant Audiology Associates and you will be scheduled with Dr. Ruby Zubrod for a cochlear implant evaluation.  During this appointment you or your child will have your hearing evaluated with a specialized set of hearing tests to determine if your hearing qualifies you as a candidate for the implant.  After discussing the audiogram, Dr. Zubrod will explain your options and have demo devices that you can look at in the office.

If you are unable to communicate well on the phone and would rather e-mail, please send questions or rubyz@brantaudiology.com.

Osseointegrated Implants
(formerly know as Bone Anchored Hearing Aids or  BAHA)

 
What Is a BAHA?

The Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) is a surgically implanted device designed to help people with hearing loss. The majority of the conventional hearing aids transmit sound through the medium of air conduction. BAHA stimulates the cochlea by transmitting the sound waves through the bones in our skull, or bone conduction, thereby bypassing the outer and middle ear. Once the cochlea receives the sound signals, the information is converted in to neural signals and transferred to the brain, where it is perceived as sound. thereby bypassing the outer and middle ear. 

Who Can Benefit From a BAHA?

Patients with chronic middle ear conditions or outer ear problems or congenital defects of the ear who can’t wear hearing aids may be candidates for a BAHA as long as one ear has a cochlea that can hear at a moderate hearing level or better.  A second category of candidates are patients with “single sided deafness”. This includes patients who have lost all or most hearing in one ear, in which a conventional hearing aid is not helpful, but have good hearing in the other. 

Resources for Cochlear Implants:

Cochlear Americas:

     www.CochlearAmericas.com

 
Advanced Bionics: 

     www.AdvancedBionics.com

 
Med-El:

     www.MedEL.com/us

Resources for Baha:

Cochlear Americas:

     www.CochlearAmericas.com

 
Oticon Medical:

     www.OticonMedical.com

The Baha system, which is based on bone conduction, utilizes a titanium implant, which is placed in the skull bone behind the non-functioning ear. An abutment connects the sound processor with the implant in the bone. This creates direct (percutaneous) bone conduction. In contrast, traditional bone conductors connect indirectly to the bone through unbroken skin (transcutaneous) and work by exerting pressure against the skull.irect bone conduction, provided by Baha, may give improved access to sound when compared to traditional bone conductors because sound is not weakened when passing through the skin, muscle and fat covering the skull.