Mac Hearing Audiologists have a long history of working with Ear Surgeons and hearing implants. Our staff are able to offer you both the Cochlear and the Baha (bone anchored hearing aid) hearing implants if required for your hearing loss.
Cochlear implants have both external and internal (surgically implanted) parts that work together to allow you to perceive sound.
External parts: The microphone, which looks just like a behind-the-ear hearing aid, picks up sounds and sends them to the speech processor. The speech processor then analyses sound signals and sends the coded signals to an implanted receiver just under the skin.
Internal parts: The internal (implanted) parts include a receiver, which sits just under the skin behind the ear, and electrodes, which are surgically inserted into the cochlear. The receiver takes the coded electrical signals and delivers them to the electrodes. The electrodes then stimulate the fibers of the auditory nerve allowing you to perceive sound.
Bone Conduction Implants
If you are completely deaf in one ear, a bone conduction implant will work for you by sending the sound via the skull bone from the deaf side to the functioning inner ear on the hearing side. This transfer of sound gives you 360-degree sound awareness – an extraordinary improvement on what you would have been hearing before.
Bone anchored hearing systems consist of both internal and external parts that work together:
External parts: a sound processor will sit discreetly behind the ear. Sound waves are then sent to the internal parts.
Internal parts: a small implant will be placed into the bone behind the ear.
There are a variety of bone conduction implants available in Australia. Our audiologists will explain the technology, and discuss your options at your appointment.