How Bone Conduction Hearing Aids Work | Cochlear BAHA, Oticon Medical Ponto, Medel ADHEAR

Dr. Cliff Olson, Audiologist and Founder of Applied Hearing Solutions in Anthem Arizona, discusses how Bone Conduction Hearing Aids work.

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Over 90% of hearing losses require the use of traditional hearing aids. For the other 10%, a different treatment method is needed. If you have Single Sided Deafness (SSD), a Conductive Hearing Loss, or Mixed hearing loss, you may have the option of a Bone Conduction Hearing Aid. Video: 3 types of Hearing Loss:

A Bone Conduction Hearing Aid works by stimulating the Cochlea directly with vibration through the skull. This direct vibration bypasses the outer ear and middle ear. In the case of Single Sided Deafness, this signal passes around the skull to the opposite side ear that works properly. Video: Single Sided Hearing Loss Options:

For a Conductive hearing loss, the Bone Conduction Hearing Aid will transmit sound to the cochlea through the skull which bypasses the conductive hearing loss.

For a Mixed hearing loss, the Bone Conduction Hearing Aid will bypass the Conductive Hearing Loss and increase the stimulation to the Cochlea to overcome the Sensorineural portion of the Mixed hearing loss.

There are 4 different methods for using bone conduction devices.

1. Abutment – When a titanium post is surgically implanted into your skull. You then attach the Bone Conduction Hearing Aid or Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA)

2. Magnet – When a magnet is surgically implanted into your skull. You then attach the Bone Conduction Aid on a magnet that attaches through the skull.

3. Headband – Generally reserved for children, but the band will keep the Bone Conduction device firmly in place. This can also be relatively uncomfortable.

4. Adhesive Pad – This pad attaches via behind your ear on your mastoid bone. You then attach a Bone Conduction Device to the sticky pad. Not available in the USA at the time of this recording.


Donkey Kong says:

I don’t recommend the bonebridge

Alexander Armstrong says:

I was born with hearing loss in my right ear but now since I got into loud music it did more damage is there a treatment for that in hearing aids like the invisible hearing aid.

Carly Fournier says:

I commented on some of your other videos and I’m not trying to spam, I promise. I want to know your thoughts on this Soundbite hearing device. It’s supposed to be good for single sided deafness if you have one good working nerve.

Autumn B says:

What are your thoughts on Sound Arc?

Aaron Q says:

First of all i love your videos they are really good and help me a lot to learn more about hearing aids. I was born without drummfells and middle ears, so i wear hearing aids since my birth and at the moment i use Bone Conduction Hearing Aids but there are connected to my glasses and it works really good. But sadly these bone conductive hearing aids dont support bluetooth ore any other connection to mobilephones.

Paul Adler says:

Hi Doc..
I originally had an appointment for a hearing aid evaluation but was changed to a BAHA BiCros evaluation.
Can you please tell me what is a BAHA BiCros evaluation is? I was diagnosed with single sided sensorineural deafness a few months ago.

Thanks Paul

Manish Kumar says:

hi doc in past i got TB and during the treatment the creatine level in body is raise that affect my inner ears there is deafness in both the ear what should i all ready got treatment for that for 2 years but no improvement please help

Doctor Cliff, AuD says:

Please let me know if you have any questions about Bone Conduction Hearing Aids!

May Majeed says:

Dear Sir,
Please advise me of the suitable solution to my wife , 69 y, hearing loss problem which is briefly –
1.She has mixed hearing loss for both ears.
2.Weakness of the hearing nerves for both ears ,the loss is in the range of 90% .
3.Has had two operations for the right& left mastoid bones due to infections.
4.We understand that the bone conducting solution is most suitable because of the repeated infections and the need for proper ear ventilation as doctors advise. i.e. she suffers from both hearing loss and on- off infections.
5.Here in Baghdad, doctors have advised to use the BAHA ,but such operation is not available in Iraq , while the Cochlear implant is an alterative solution, but not good enough due to on-off infection.
6.Preasently ,she is using the normal air conducting ( behind the ear ) hearing aids for both ears alternatively in order to allow for good ventilation due to usage of ear moulds , to avoid and/or decrease possible infection.

I,thank you in advance and hope to help for suitble solution.

With Regards

Anwar A. Dawood
Baghdad – Iraq


Jason Kandhare says:

Hello sir,
I’m Jason (audiologist, India)
I’m facing difficulty in counselling patients for BAHA
How do I need to start can you help me step by step for instructions/ counselling for the patient
My email address is
Thank you
Jason kandhare

Yazed Issa says:

in the case of SSD,will the pacient (who is using BAHA) be able to know where the sound is comming from?

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