Bone Conduction Hearing Aids are similar to conventional hearing aids in that they assist you with hearing, however they differ from standard hearing aids in exactly how they do it: They are specially designed for people who cannot wear conventional aids due to some of the following reasons:
- The person previously has a middle ear conditions
- The person has continual ear infections or eczema
- The person is fully or partially missing their ear canal
- The person’s ear canal is unusually small
Some people experience what is known as Conductive Hearing Loss, which occurs when sound is prevented from reaching the inner ear; usually because of a blockage or abnormality in the middle or outer ear. Bone Conduction hearing aids are a great option when providing amplification.
Bone Conduction Hearing Aids amplify sound, but they do it not by passing sound into your ear canal, but actually by sending vibrations through the bones of your skull. These vibrations given off by Bone Conduction are transmitted directly from the aid through your skull and into the Cochlea. For this reason Bone Conduction bypasses the outer and middle ear, making it ideal for anybody with the aforementioned conditions.
There are three main forms of Bone Conduction Hearing Aids:
People usually find that after Bone Conduction Hearing Aids are fitted, they experience fewer ear infections, less electronic feedback, and their ear canals are less sore than with standard hearing aids.