For the long-term use of a bone-anchored hearing device for single-sided deafness or profound unilateral sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), what are the perceived benefits, complications and device malfunction rate?
Explore this issue:February 2011
Background: For the condition of single-sided deafness or profound unilateral SNHL, there are limited rehabilitation options. These options include a CROS (contralateral routing of signals) hearing aid system, a conventional bone-conduction hearing aid or a bone-anchored hearing device. The bone-anchored hearing device requires a surgical procedure for placement of a titanium screw and a transcutaneous abutment pedestal. The transcutaneous abutment requires regular skin care. The hearing device attached to the abutment is subject to mechanical or electrical wear.
Study design: Prospective, non-randomized, case-control study.