Which Implantable Hearing Device is Best for You?

At Texas ENT, we provide a range of implantable hearing devices to suit the unique needs of our patients. Studies show that more than 85% of patients benefit from implantable hearing devices long after they are placed. 

Osseointegrated Devices

Sound is transmitted into the inner ear to amplify the hearing. This type of device involves embedding a small titanium connector behind the ear on the outside of the skull. The external processor is attached to the connector, and the microphone of the processor picks up and transmits incoming sounds through the connector directly into the inner ear. 

Bone Conduction Devices

Bone conduction devices are attached to one of the middle ear bones. The transmission of sound vibrations is increased by the external prosthesis, driving the sound through the bone, directly to the inner ear. Functional problems in the ear canal and middle ear are bypassed. 

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When is an Implantable Hearing Device Needed?


Patients who cannot be fitted with conventional hearing aids because of incompatibilities, such as the following factors:

  • Combined or conductive hearing impairment that conventional surgical procedures cannot treat
  • Chronic otitis externa, the dry, thick skin that builds up within the inner ear
  • Have hearing in one ear
  • There is a function problem with conducting the sound in the external or middle ear

Types of Implantable Hearing Devices

BAHA

BAHA amplifies hearing with direct sound conduction. A small titanium fixture is implanted into the skull and used as a conductor to transmit the sound from the processor into the inner ear, bypassing functional problems in the middle ear and ear canal. With the BAHA device, sound doesn’t need to be transmitted through the skin before it is transmitted into the bone. 

Osia

Osia is similar to the BAHA device, using direct sound conduction through the bone. Osia can be used to resolve conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, and deafness on one side. A titanium fixture is implanted into the skull, bypassing the ear canal and middle ear structures and conducting sound through the bone from the external processor. The external processor communicates electromagnetically to the internal device. The external processor can be taken off when it is not being used, showing no visible implant.

Maxum Middle Ear Implant

Maxum is designed for patients with severe hearing loss on both sides. The Maxum is a magnetic device that moves the hearing bones of the middle ear to achieve hearing function. The magnet is surgically implanted in the middle ear, while an external ear canal processor transmits incoming sound and magnetically moves the middle ear bones.

Unlike hearing aids, the Maxum Middle Ear Implant doesn’t cause feedback. It can deliver much louder sound than hearing aids.

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Why Choose Texas ENT for an Implantable Hearing Device?

Texas ENT provides a comprehensive range of ENT services, including implantable hearing devices. Our goal is to help achieve better hearing and general wellness in an understanding, modern, and professional environment. At Texas ENT, your procedure is performed with meticulous, technologically-advanced skill. Our team of board-certified and talented professionals is dedicated to restoring hearing and improving the quality of life for patients. Call today to find out more about your implantable hearing device procedure with Texas ENT.

With 15 convenient locations across the greater Houston area, we’re never far away.

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