I'm confused. Isn'lt a cochlear implant a BAHA? Is there a difference? Please explain. I'm so new to all this.
No, a 'BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid) is not a cochlear implant. A cochlear implant replaces damaged inner ear mechanisms. When your hearing nerve is damaged (in one ear) as with acoustic neuroma growths, the ear works just fine but the nerve that sends the signal (sound) from
the ear to the brain, where it is processed, is basically inoperative. The BAHA picks up sound that hits your skull (bone), then an external processor transmits that sound to your 'good' (hearing) ear, whose nerve is undamaged. Like any hearing device, it can't perfectly duplicate 'normal' hearing but it is
an improvement and a boon to those with SSD who struggle with their hearing loss. Jim