Chronic ear infections, also known as chronic otitis media, increase the risk of middle-ear problems. This can cause a conductive hearing loss.
Hearing loss can affect virtually every aspect of a person’s life. A limited ability to hear can have a negative impact on a child’s intellectual and emotional development. Loss of hearing later in life can lead to social isolation.
People with a conductive hearing loss often have difficulty understanding speech over background noise. They may also have trouble localising the origin of sounds.
Regardless of the age of the individual, the BAHA System can help restore hearing by bypassing the problems in the middle ear and sending sound directly to the inner ear.
The discharges associated with chronic otitis media are allowed to dry properly, reducing the risk of further infections.
Early intervention for hearing loss in children
Any child with diminished hearing tends to experience delayed language skills, which can lead to social isolation, academic difficulties and behavioural problems.
BAHA solutions can be implemented early in life so children get the early access to hearing required to develop speech and language at the same rate as their hearing peers.
Hearing with a BAHA System
The BAHA System makes use of the body’s natural ability to hear sound through vibrations.
BAHA sends sound through the bone directly to the functioning inner ear.
How can I be referred?
If you have problems with your hearing caused by ear infections, you should ask your GP to arrange a referral to us.
You can also find more details about the Newcastle BAHA Centre.