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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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.
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?
Just note that younger folks are cruel.
I am so glad your device works well.
what are the pros & cons on tinnitus? how much risk in making it worse? as I understand it its dicy?
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.
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?
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.
I live mine!
I meant Looovvvvveeee mine! It is amazing!!!
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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