Bone-anchored hearing aids: current status in adults and children

Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2001 Apr;34(2):337-64. doi: 10.1016/s0030-6665(05)70335-2.


The BAHA is the only cochlea stimulator in clinical use using bone conduction as the mode of stimulation. Sound transmitted through bone conduction is a natural way of hearing and the fundamentals of bone conduction are presented. The simple but important procedure has been refined and is presented in some detail. As the BAHA is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for children, aspects relevant for this age group will be addressed. The future includes semi-implantable BAHA, percutaneous electrical coupling, and a BAHA for tinnitus suppression.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bone Conduction*
  • Child
  • Contraindications
  • Hearing Aids*
  • Humans
  • Otologic Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Patient Selection
  • Prosthesis Design