menu Contact Us Dizzy Patients Health Care Providers Research BPPV DVD Tai Chi DVD Understanding Dizziness Acknowledgements Disclaimer Quoting

Implantable Hearing Aids

Timothy C. Hain, M.D. Page last modified: March 13, 2016

See also: BAHA type hearing aids. Cochlear implants Hearing aids

There are several hearing-aid devices that can be implanted into the middle ear, to boost the hearing in the implanted ear. These devices provide potentially better hearing at the price of repeated surgery and risk. As studies emerge, it appears that results may be better for a successfully implanted device.(Ihler et al, 2013). These devices have to compete with cheaper, larger and more mature devices (hearing aids) that do not need surgical implantation. These devices are also different from devices that just pass sound to the other ear -- Baha and Cros, which are for a different population -- persons with unilateral hearing loss.

Some of the implanted devices prevent MRI scans from being possible. Our view is that presently, these devices are still "not ready for prime time". We do not see them as a "luxury hearing aids". Rather, we see them as "foolish surgery" (in most people).

Click for information about the more mainstream devices - -the hearing aids and Cochlear Implants.

Reference:

Copyright August 3, 2016 , Timothy C. Hain, M.D. All rights reserved. Last saved on August 3, 2016