What's your review of Cochlear Osia 2 System?

Posted by edemmenegger @edemmenegger, Jun 12, 2021

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

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@sam2678

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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@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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– CochlearTM Osia System: Frequently Asked Questions https://www.cochlear.com/24e6ceea-60ae-4aa6-8de9-06f9f099976a/Osia_System_Consumer_Frequently_Asked_Questions_OSI065.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

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@colleenyoung

Hi Sam,
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– CochlearTM Osia System: Frequently Asked Questions https://www.cochlear.com/24e6ceea-60ae-4aa6-8de9-06f9f099976a/Osia_System_Consumer_Frequently_Asked_Questions_OSI065.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

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Thanks, Colleen!

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@sam2678

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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Thanks so much! Gives me a bit more ease

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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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I understand, Paul. When I was weighing options, I found several YouTube videos/vlogs that were created by Baha wearers and their insight was incredibly helpful. When my audiologist suggested the Osia, I wasn't able to find any user/wearer perspectives online (I'm assuming it's because the device was still so new). The best info that I found came from a Tiktok contributor who discussed her surgeries (she is a bilateral Osia wearer) and the device itself. Those videos really helped put my mind at ease. Please ask any questions that you may have; I understand how you feel.

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I am being considered for a cochlear implant – they are trying the Phonak Paradise but I'm getting so much background noise with it that I am having problems hearing people speaking. Had an aid for 5 years. Left ear always had problems with dermatitis and now having it in both ears (right ear always gets a lot of wax build up). Have a weird question – what happens to your hair where the implant is? Can you cover everything up and still hear? Doctor is talking about one implant and and aid. I have basically flat line severe loss – age 81. One son is very nervous about it but supportive.

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@sam2678

I understand, Paul. When I was weighing options, I found several YouTube videos/vlogs that were created by Baha wearers and their insight was incredibly helpful. When my audiologist suggested the Osia, I wasn't able to find any user/wearer perspectives online (I'm assuming it's because the device was still so new). The best info that I found came from a Tiktok contributor who discussed her surgeries (she is a bilateral Osia wearer) and the device itself. Those videos really helped put my mind at ease. Please ask any questions that you may have; I understand how you feel.

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My surgery is coming up on Friday…another question if you don’t mind. Can you actually feel the implant? Curious if it’s something you can feel through the scalp, or if you are sleeping on that side whether it’s uncomfortable. Thanks!

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@paulmonday

My surgery is coming up on Friday…another question if you don’t mind. Can you actually feel the implant? Curious if it’s something you can feel through the scalp, or if you are sleeping on that side whether it’s uncomfortable. Thanks!

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I can feel a lump in my scalp where the bottom part (the transducer/vibrating part is). I can vaguely make out the shape of the magnetic pad part.
I don’t sleep on that side, but have laid on that side a few times without issue. I sleep on my other side and on my back so I have no issues with that.
Best of luck with your surgery! You’re going to be so happy that you did it! Keep us posted and let me know if you have any questions. Aside from the aching/muscle soreness, the worst part of post-op is wearing the thing around your head for the first 24 hours. It’s tight and really becomes uncomfortable. So just keep in mind that that irritation will be over in a day. I bought a foam wedge to keep my torso and head elevated for the first few days, which was really helpful.

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@paulmonday

My surgery is coming up on Friday…another question if you don’t mind. Can you actually feel the implant? Curious if it’s something you can feel through the scalp, or if you are sleeping on that side whether it’s uncomfortable. Thanks!

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I had the Osia 2 implant in July. The outline of the implant is very distinct in my scalp, but I do sleep on that side occasionally. I did not sleep on that side for the first month just as a precaution on my part. I wanted to make sure it had a good start toward healing. My scalp in that area was numb for a couple of months, but the feeling is almost completely restored now and continues to improve over time. I love my Osia, and would recommend it for anyone who meets the criteria for an Osia.

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@paulmonday

My surgery is coming up on Friday…another question if you don’t mind. Can you actually feel the implant? Curious if it’s something you can feel through the scalp, or if you are sleeping on that side whether it’s uncomfortable. Thanks!

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Paul– Here's are a few of my post-op photos. The white compression band/cap became a bit painful over the 24 hours that it had to be worn (my face is blocked because I didn't look so great after surgery). The second photo is of the post-op wound (a lot of swelling, which dissipates with time as @lmayo said). The final photo shows the wound as it was still healing, when there was less swelling. The lumpier area is the bottom area, closest to the incision.

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@sam2678

Paul– Here's are a few of my post-op photos. The white compression band/cap became a bit painful over the 24 hours that it had to be worn (my face is blocked because I didn't look so great after surgery). The second photo is of the post-op wound (a lot of swelling, which dissipates with time as @lmayo said). The final photo shows the wound as it was still healing, when there was less swelling. The lumpier area is the bottom area, closest to the incision.

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Hi Stephanie, you've been very helpful so far. I'm a candidate and im considering the Osia bone conducting surgery. I have SSHL since Dec 2019 and being in a group at a restaurant or at work (noisy hair salon) are so frustrating. even being passenger in the car (my left ear has no hearing), I can't have a conversation with the driver without turning my neck so much that im sore the next day.
anyways, your scar looks a bit intimidating on the first picture of course but already much better just a few weeks in. im assuming once the hair grows back, nobody can tell anymore. is the scar actually outside of your hairline? it looks very close. wonder if they can go a tiny bit in further so the scar won't show when you're wearing your hair in a high ponytail per say.

I have a couple of questions if you don't mind….
does it not feel overwhelming, specially in a louder setting to have all sound going into one ear?
does the microphone still work as good when the device is covered by hair?

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