Chronic ear infections, also known as chronic otitis media, can be a long-term, non-resolving condition that can cause hearing loss over time. Has your doctor talked to you about the benefits of a bone conduction implant to treat your hearing loss from chronic ear infections yet? If not, learn about the Cochlear™ Baha® System today:
What is chronic otitis media?
Chronic otitis media occurs if a middle ear infection does not resolve, causing a chronic middle ear drainage condition resulting in ongoing ear infections. This condition increases the risk of middle ear problems, which can cause conductive hearing loss.
Conductive hearing loss occurs when damage to the outer or middle ear blocks sound vibrations from reaching your inner ear. People who have conductive hearing loss may feel like their ears are plugged and speech may sound muffled. Depending on the amount of hearing loss, a bone conduction implant could be a solution. This is where the Baha System can come in.
How could a Baha System help you?
The Baha System uses your natural ability to conduct sound through bone vibrations. With bone conduction, sound bypasses the damaged outer or middle ear and sends clearer, more crisp sound directly to your inner ear1.
Unlike a hearing aid, which tries to push sound through the damaged part of your ear (in the case of chronic ear infections), the Baha System bypasses your middle ear problems and sends sound straight to your functioning inner ear (cochlea).
Benefits of the Baha System
Although the main goal in treating chronic otitis media is to achieve an ear free of infection, some chronic ear infections are almost impossible to treat. For those that are suffering with persistent ear infections, the Baha System allows the ear canal to remain undisturbed during the healing process.
Hearing loss affects all ages, and loss of hearing can have negative impacts on both adults and children. For children, a limited ability to discern sounds can affect a child’s intellectual and emotional development,2 while loss of normal hearing later in life can lead to isolation from friends and family and potential career roadblocks.3 Treating your hearing loss is important for your or your child’s health and well-being.
How the Baha System helped other sufferers of chronic ear infections
Michelle D. experienced lifelong chronic ear infections, dealing with numerous ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT) visits and surgeries. After surgery was no longer an option to treat her ear infections, she fell into a depression, frustrated by her inability to enjoy the sounds of her mail carrier route, or hear her daughter whisper into her “bad ear”. Michelle found the solution she had been eagerly searching for in the Baha 5 Implant System.
Since getting the Baha System, Michelle’s confidence has grown, she now enjoys engaging in conversations and the sounds of her mail route have been gifted back to her. She especially loves the sound of crinkling leaves and pine needles under her feet! Click here to read about her “aha” moment, and see why she loves her Baha System so much.
Josh G., 11, suffered from bilateral hearing loss (hearing loss in both ears) from chronically infected ears. His hearing aids were not helping him hear, and he began to struggle in school and with classmate interactions. Josh now has bilateral Baha 5 Sound Processors on the Baha Attract System, so he can hear the world around him, even music!
Are you or a loved one struggling with hearing loss from chronic ear infections? Take the step today to learn about the Baha System to help you find the relief you have been hoping at http://www.cochlear.com/us/Baha-Indications.
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