Bone Conduction Hearing Aid Evaluation
To determine whether you are a candidate for bone conduction, you’ll have a comprehensive evaluation to determine your type and degree of hearing loss. If you qualify, you’ll have another appointment with an audiologist to learn more about the devices and try them on. The audiologist will test your ability to hear sound and understand speech with and without different types of hearing aid devices to determine which fit your needs best.
Implantation is performed at Duke University Hospital, Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center, or Duke Raleigh Hospital as outpatient surgery under general anesthesia. The procedure usually lasts about an hour. Only the internal component will be placed during surgery. You will likely go home the same day.
After surgery, there is a required two-to-eight-week (depending on your device type) healing period before your hearing aid(s) can be turned on. Following a successful post-operative check-up, you’ll return to your audiologist to receive the external component and activate the device.
You’ll see your audiologist one month after device activation, and then periodically for adjustments and upgrades to the external processor.