What is a bone conduction implant, or osseointegrated hearing device (OHD)?
OHD is a bone anchored device that is surgically implanted for treatment of hearing loss that works through direct bone conduction.
When is an OHD recommended?
OHD is recommended for conductive or mixed hearing loss or single sided sensorineural hearing loss, when a traditional hearing aid is not an option. The signal is carried to the cochlea through bone conduction from a processor that is worn externally and attached either with a magnet or to an abutment. Sometimes in young children, the skull is not strong enough to support the implant and the processor should be worn on a headband until they are able to undergo surgery.