A cholesteatoma, often caused from chronic ear infections, can cause hearing loss from damage to the delicate bones of the middle ear. The Cochlear™ Baha® 5 Implant System is an implantable hearing solution that could be the answer to help with this type of hearing loss. Read on to learn about how you could benefit from a Baha System:
What is a cholesteatoma?
A cholesteatoma is a non-cancerous growth that develops in the middle section of your ear, typically behind the eardrum. It is typically caused from multiple middle ear infections and diagnosed by an ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT); however, it can also be from a poorly functioning Eustachian tube or some may be born with it as a birth defect.1 A cholesteatoma is a common cause of a conductive hearing loss; if left untreated, continued growth can destroy the delicate bones of the middle ear.
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 be of benefit.
What is the Baha System?
The Baha System is an implantable hearing solution that uses your natural ability to conduct sound to bypass the damaged outer and middle ear, and it sends clear, more crisp sound directly to your inner ear.2 With conductive hearing loss, you may be missing out on many of the sounds around you, and the Baha System could help you reconnect with the people you love and the world around you.
The Baha Implant System could help you enjoy the freedom and confidence to listen to music, enjoy a movie, eat out at a noisy restaurant, go to a concert and socialize with your friends – with less worrying about missing out.
How the Baha System has helped others with cholesteatomas
After having 11 ear surgeries in her life, including one to remove a cholesteatoma, Shannon S. was no stranger to ear complications. She was never comfortable in behind-the-ear hearing aids, as she did not feel the difference of sound was that helpful to her. After trialing a Baha System in her audiologist’s office, she was hooked! Once she got the Baha 5 Sound Processor, she cried, hearing sounds she that she had never heard before. Read the rest of her story here.
Growing up wanting to be a singer, her doctors always discouraged the profession, due to her conductive hearing loss. After numerous ear surgeries and a cholesteatoma, she lost the majority of her hearing in her left ear. Feeling depressed and withdrawn from her hearing loss, she knew she needed to do something to treat it. The Baha System opened up her life with new amazing sounds. Check out her story now!