TECH Talk: Dr. Wazen explains ease of surgery for the Baha System


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Neurotology specialist and surgeon Dr. Jack Wazen has been working with the Cochlear™ Baha® System for over 30 years. In his TECH Talk, Dr. Wazen discusses Baha System indications, ease of the surgical procedure and demonstration of the system before implantation.

Dr. Wazen is very experienced with the Baha System in both research and clinical settings. Dr. Wazen explains, due to the availability of different power sound processors, the Baha System has many applications for different levels of hearing loss. The Baha System could be indicated for those with single-sided deafness (SSD), mixed hearing loss (MHL) and conductive hearing loss (CHL).

Dr. Wazen goes on to talk about the Baha surgical procedure that he describes as “satisfying”. He says, “It’s a very efficient, easy and effective way to bring hearing to people who have lost it”. He goes on to explain that the procedure itself has become simplified over the years. Over the years, the procedure has become simplified leading to reduced surgery times. Only a small incision is needed, and the patient is able to go home the same day they are implanted.

Dr. Wazen says the most impressive part of the Baha System is that the patient can experience a demonstration and even try the device prior to implantation. Using a non-surgical SoundArc or Softband device, a patient can test out the Baha System and see how they would hear with it. Dr. Wazen says, it will actually sound better once implanted, but the demonstration will give them a good idea of what it would be like to have the implant. This is a feature unique to bone conduction systems and one that is unusual for other medical implants.


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In the United States and Canada, the placement of bone-anchored implant is contraindicated in children below the age of 5 years.
Cochlear received FDA clearance for initial use of the Baha system for hearing loss in 1996.
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