Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA)
The BAHA is a surgically implanted system for treatment of certain types of hearing loss. A 3 month healing period will be needed for the bone to grow around the titanium implant and make it stable. After 3 months you will have a clinic visit with the audiologist (hearing specialist) to fit the sound processor and test to confirm it is working as it should.
Most patients do not need to stay over night in the hospital. You should receive a BAHA after care kit when you leave the hospital.
- You may remove the large cup-like dressing and white or brown gauze on the first day after surgery.
- There will be a dressing behind the ear that is yellow with a plastic cap. This dressing will stay in place for 7 – 10 days. At your first clinic visit, the dressing will be removed.
- You may wash your hair before this visit, but avoid shampoo and water on the abutment incision.
- You should wash your hair the morning of your clinic visit. Getting the dressing wet will make it easy to remove the dressing in clinic.
- Avoid strenuous activity, jogging, aerobics, or swimming as advised by your doctor.
- Check your wound for any signs of infection. Watch for redness, swelling, pain, warmth at the site, or pus-like drainage.
- Do not drive or drink alcohol while taking pain pills.
ENT Clinic, Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 5:00 pm (608) 263-6190
After hours and weekends, this number is answered by the paging operator. Ask for the ENT doctor on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, please call 1-800-323-8942.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 03/19/2012
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