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Baha: Bone Anchored Hearing Treatment Procedure

Implant that allows sound to travel through bone & helps patients overcome the challenges of single-sided deafness
January 17, 2008
6:00 PM EST
(23:00 UTC)
From Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT

HARTFORD CT: Single-sided deafness, or SSD, afflicts some 50,000 people a year in the US alone. The loss of hearing in one ear can be caused by a traumatic injury, diseases like mumps or measles, hereditary disorders or sudden deafness.

Hearing through one ear only makes it difficult to determine which direction a sound is coming from, so crossing a street becomes hazardous, and detracts from one's ability to interact with people in social settings.  MORE...
HARTFORD CT: Single-sided deafness, or SSD, afflicts some 50,000 people a year in the US alone. The loss of hearing in one ear can be caused by a traumatic injury, diseases like mumps or measles, hereditary disorders or sudden deafness.

Hearing through one ear only makes it difficult to determine which direction a sound is coming from, so crossing a street becomes hazardous, and detracts from one's ability to interact with people in social settings. Now there is an innovative surgical procedure called the baha®: bone anchored hearing treatment that is being performed at Hartford Hospital.

During a live Internet broadcast, Dr. Marc Eisen, an ear, nose and throat specialist, will conduct an outpatient procedure to implant an unobtrusive Baha device that allows sound to travel through bone and restores close-to-normal hearing.

Baha is a registered trademark of Cochlear Ltd.

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