When people think about what it would be like to experience hearing loss—whether it be conductive hearing loss, single-sided deafness, or mixed hearing loss—they may not think about the myriad of ways this could impact the life of the affected person.
Hearing loss can impact not just the experience of being out and about—but may keep a person with hearing loss from wanting to go out altogether—it can become quite frustrating and isolating. As a result, the important element of socializing and participating in the community may be lost.
Studies link hearing loss to loneliness, stress, depression, Dementia and reduced job performance. Adults with hearing loss are less likely to take part in social activities and more likely to feel depressed or sad. Brain function can deteriorate faster possibly due to the stress that comes from not being able to hear well.
In the past, medical science has worked hard to find solutions for hearing loss. Many people who suffer from certain kinds of hearing loss wish there was a better option to give them more seamless hearing assistance than hearing aids, since the type of hearing loss they are experiencing can’t be helped with the conventional hearing aid.
As it turns out, there is new technology available, it is called the BAHA® System, invented by Dr. Anders Tjellström. He and his team of experts pioneered the world’s first bone conduction implant more than 35 years ago; it opened up a whole new world of hearing for those suffering from certain kinds of hearing loss.
The BAHA System uses the body’s natural ability to conduct sound and has the potential to make a positive impact on how well a person can hear and communicate. While a hearing aid tries to push sound through the damaged area, a BAHA System uses bone conduction to send clear, crisp sound directly to your inner ear.
This tiny device can have a huge impact on a person’s connection with their community. Rather than focusing on the frustration and tension caused by the loved one’s hearing loss, friends and family can focus on spending quality time, not having to repeat or shout while communicating with that person, and the person with the BAHA system can connect so much better with what is happening around them.
Watch this video for just one story about how the BAHA Cochlear Implant can deeply improve the quality of life of those with hearing loss, as well as those around them.
Call Oklahoma Hearing Center today for more information and to make an appointment to learn more about the BAHA Cochlear Implant. Also, check out our website for more information, educational materials and resources about hearing loss. www.okhc.org
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- Kochkin, S. & Rogin, C. Quantifying the Obvious: The Impact of Hearing Aids on Quality of Life. The Hearing Review. 2000 Jan;7(1):8-34.