WHAT ARE BONE CONDUCTION DEVICES?
Bone conduction devices are implantable or non-implantable. Bone conduction implant is an implantable hearing solution which consists of two main components- internal implant and external audio processor. The externally worn audio processor has a microphone which detects sounds and sends them to the internal implant. Further, the sound signals are converted into mechanical vibrations by the internal implant.
On the other hand, a non-implantable bone conduction device detects the sounds from the environment, converts them into mechanical vibrations.
The vibrations from both the devices are then carried forward through the bones of the skull directly to the inner ear enabling the user to hear.
WHO ARE SUITABLE CANDIDATES FOR BONE CONDUCTION DEVICES?
Individuals with conductive or mixed or single sided sensorineural hearing loss are suitable candidates for bone conduction implant and a non-implantable bone conduction device. A bone conduction implant is suitable for individuals 5 years and older while there is no age criteria for a non-implantable bone conduction device. Children who were born with ear malformations as well as children/adults who lost their hearing due to recurrent ear infections may benefit from these devices.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BONE CONDUCTION DEVICES?
- Prevents the effects of hearing loss on speech and language development.
- Better audibility leads to better understanding of speech, even in background noise.
- Users enjoy an active social life with reduced auditory fatigue and improved quality of life.
- Communicating on the telephone and watching television is easier due to improved speech understanding.
- Being able to hear the doorbell, telephone ring, traffic and participate in group conversations gives users more independence and confidence.
- Music appreciation is better because bone conduction implant enables users to enjoy a wide range of sounds.
Bone Conduction Solutions FAQs
Who is a candidate for non-implantable bone conduction hearing device?
Non-implantable bone conduction hearing device is for individuals with conductive hearing loss and single sided sensorineural hearing loss who do not prefer to go for surgical bone conduction implant.
Who is a candidate for bone conduction implant?
Individuals with conductive, mixed or single sided sensorineural hearing loss who do not benefit from conventional amplification devices or cannot use them due to medical reasons such as ear malformations/infections, etc.
What is the suitable age for bone conduction devices?
Individuals aged 5 years and above are suitable for bone conduction implantation. However, the non-implantable bone conduction device is suitable for all ages, including infants who have outer or middle ear deformities.