What's your review of Cochlear Osia 2 System?

Posted by edemmenegger @edemmenegger, Jun 12 5:24pm

I am getting the implants in a week or so. Would like to hear from people who are using these bone conduction devices.

@sam2678

Hi–
I just happened to do a quick internet search of Osia to see if there were more user testimonials out since there weren't many when I got mine back in January (activated in February) of this year (2021). I LOOOOOOOVE MY OSIA!
I've had issues with my left ear since childhood and I always considered it my bad ear. I had ear surgery to repair my left ear drum when I was 8 years old, which resulted in my ear canal growing smaller than it should be. I've had moderate hearing loss in that ear since childhood (it's hard to hear conversations well). Then, in October 2020, I went deaf in my right ear (SSHL)–the ear I've relied on all these years!
I work at a college and sometimes teach classes, so I needed a remedy quickly. I did my research and knew I wanted a bone-conduction device. I had my Osia 2 implant surgery in January and the device was activated in February. My out-patient surgery lasted three hours. I was pretty sore (probably from having my neck held to the side during surgery) for about 10 days. Once my swelling went down and the soreness dissipated, I started feeling better. Note: It was all completely tolerable and worth it.
I've got to run, but I'll come back and share more information this afternoon.

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I don't believe this device is appropriate for for individuals with profound to severe sendori-neural hearing loss
It is for conduction I believe

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I have severe nerve damage in the right ear with an 80% hearing loss. The left ear is good . Any recommendations for the right hearing aid?

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@jam5

I don't believe this device is appropriate for for individuals with profound to severe sendori-neural hearing loss
It is for conduction I believe

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Maybe an audiologist can weigh in on this since I only know my own experience. I wasn't able to get a bone conduction device on my right ear, which is deaf from profound hearing loss (SNHL), because my bone conduction scores on the hearing exam showed bone conduction loss on the right side. I believe it depends on whether the person loses bone conduction hearing or not. Because my bone conduction score on the right side was low, they were considering the Baha 5 Power sound processor for that side as opposed to the Osia.

All of that being said, the Osia FAQ info sheet says that the Osia "has a fitting range of 55 db SNHL."

I think it depends on each individual's air vs bone conduction scores, but I'm certainly not an audiologist.

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@sam2678

Maybe an audiologist can weigh in on this since I only know my own experience. I wasn't able to get a bone conduction device on my right ear, which is deaf from profound hearing loss (SNHL), because my bone conduction scores on the hearing exam showed bone conduction loss on the right side. I believe it depends on whether the person loses bone conduction hearing or not. Because my bone conduction score on the right side was low, they were considering the Baha 5 Power sound processor for that side as opposed to the Osia.

All of that being said, the Osia FAQ info sheet says that the Osia "has a fitting range of 55 db SNHL."

I think it depends on each individual's air vs bone conduction scores, but I'm certainly not an audiologist.

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Correction: They were considering the Baha SuperPower sound processor for my right ear, which is deaf due to SNHL profound hearing loss.

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@nat2021

This device changed my life. I am an ER NURSE so this makes hearing amazing!

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I encourage you to share more about your experience. What led up to you deciding to have this implant, etc.? Many of us have cochlear implants, but this is different.

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@cooper12345

I have severe nerve damage in the right ear with an 80% hearing loss. The left ear is good . Any recommendations for the right hearing aid?

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Has anyone shared information with you about bicross hearing aids? They are used for people with single sided hearing loss. The device worn on the hearing loss ear transmits sound to a hearing instrument in the ear that's functioning. No surgery; just technology.

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@julieo4

Has anyone shared information with you about bicross hearing aids? They are used for people with single sided hearing loss. The device worn on the hearing loss ear transmits sound to a hearing instrument in the ear that's functioning. No surgery; just technology.

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Honestly, a surgeon where I live put in a prosthesis that he claimed would help. I never heard of this before as opposed to the cochlear implant. I went for it and it did not work. Twice he did the surgery and it did not take.
Due to this small prosthesis in my right ear, I found that my hearing was getting worse. So I decided to get another opinion on what I needed to do. I tried to schedule an appointment in Austin TX which is about an hour out from me and they were booked up for months. So I went out further to San Antonio TX which Dr. Perry saw me in a week and let me know that he wished he would of seen me first before I let the other surgeon put this device in my ear. He suggested a cochlear implant but I did not want a wire hanging from my ear(people tend to stare) then he let me know of this new device and brought it to me. He let me look at it and feel it. He Explained how it works and I went for it. All I kept thinking about is NO MORE HEARING AIDS. I wanted that device and I qualified due to my severe hearing loss and yes the bone conduction has to be good for this device to work. This surgeon let me know I was his first normal patient. He stated that he only had patients with missing ears and major deformities and I was his first normal patient to do surgery. Needless to say he was thrilled with the out come of the surgery and device. This device is one step up from the baha but slightly different from the way it was explained to me. It is sleek, hidden and just amazing. Never heard of the bicross hearing aids. I will look into that as well. I have some friends that have some hearing loss but are afraid of surgery.

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@nat2021

Honestly, a surgeon where I live put in a prosthesis that he claimed would help. I never heard of this before as opposed to the cochlear implant. I went for it and it did not work. Twice he did the surgery and it did not take.
Due to this small prosthesis in my right ear, I found that my hearing was getting worse. So I decided to get another opinion on what I needed to do. I tried to schedule an appointment in Austin TX which is about an hour out from me and they were booked up for months. So I went out further to San Antonio TX which Dr. Perry saw me in a week and let me know that he wished he would of seen me first before I let the other surgeon put this device in my ear. He suggested a cochlear implant but I did not want a wire hanging from my ear(people tend to stare) then he let me know of this new device and brought it to me. He let me look at it and feel it. He Explained how it works and I went for it. All I kept thinking about is NO MORE HEARING AIDS. I wanted that device and I qualified due to my severe hearing loss and yes the bone conduction has to be good for this device to work. This surgeon let me know I was his first normal patient. He stated that he only had patients with missing ears and major deformities and I was his first normal patient to do surgery. Needless to say he was thrilled with the out come of the surgery and device. This device is one step up from the baha but slightly different from the way it was explained to me. It is sleek, hidden and just amazing. Never heard of the bicross hearing aids. I will look into that as well. I have some friends that have some hearing loss but are afraid of surgery.

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My question about bicross hearing aids was in response to Cooper12345. nat2021, it sounds as if you have had Cochlear's Osia2 device implanted. Pleased to know this is working well for you.

I have had a cochlear implant since 2005 and don't have a wire hanging down from my ear. It has been a miracle that has allowed me to remain in the hearing world.

Why are people so concerned about a device that works well showing?

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Just note that younger folks are cruel.
I am so glad your device works well.

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@awilst

what are the pros & cons on tinnitus? how much risk in making it worse? as I understand it its dicy?

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I had the osia 2 implant surgery on July 13th. I received the processor on Aug 16th. So far I have noticed no difference in my tinnitus which is pretty severe. In other words it has not affected it either way.

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Hi everybody,

This has been one of the few areas where I've been able to see what people's reactions are to the Osia implant, so thank you to everyone for sharing. I am scheduled to have bone-anchored implant surgery in October. I have been offered two options: the Osia or the Baha 6 Max. Just curious if anyone has ever had both or has good info on comparisons between them.

In regards to the Osia specifically, one of the concerns I have is if anyone has had issues with the magnets and their skin. Has the pressure of the processor caused issues?

Thanks.

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@paulmonday

Hi everybody,

This has been one of the few areas where I've been able to see what people's reactions are to the Osia implant, so thank you to everyone for sharing. I am scheduled to have bone-anchored implant surgery in October. I have been offered two options: the Osia or the Baha 6 Max. Just curious if anyone has ever had both or has good info on comparisons between them.

In regards to the Osia specifically, one of the concerns I have is if anyone has had issues with the magnets and their skin. Has the pressure of the processor caused issues?

Thanks.

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The Osia magnet is VERY comfortable. Because the sound processor is not having to send vibrations through the scalp, the magnet doesn't have to be very strong. I've read that some people experience discomfort with the Baha magnets because they're strong magnets; that's definitely not the case with the Osia magnet. I wear mine all day without noticing it's there physically.

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