Satisfaction with Bone Anchored Hearing Aids; Is There Only Audiological Gain or Does It Increase Quality of Life.

Mungan Durankaya S., Kiremitçi İ., Olgun Y., Evin Eskicioğlu H., Güneri E. A., Erdağ T. K., ...More

7th World Congress of Cochlear Implants in Emerging Nations, İstanbul, Turkey, 14 - 16 September 2023, pp.21

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.21
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Introduction: Background The bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) is effective and easy solution for individuals with conductive type hearing loss. Aim of our study is to evaluate the audiological benefit and quality of life in these patients. Method: A total of 25 patients in which BAHA surgery was conducted in Dokuz Eylül University Department of Otoriholaryngology between 2009 and 2022 with a minimum 6 months follow-up were evaluated in the study. The audiological assessment included sound field audiometry and speech intelligibility which was tested unaided and after a minimum six months of wearing the BAHA. Subjective benefit and satisfaction with the system were assessed using the Turkish-Speech, Spatial and Qualities of Hearing Scale (Tr-SSQ). Results: There were 25 patients (13 male, 12 female). Mean age of patients was 29.43 (9-69 years) years. The preoperative air-conduction threshold averaged 60.2 ± 15.2 dB for three frequencies. Average postoperative sound-field 23 BAHA Attract and two BAHA Connect user thresholds were 27.2 ± 13.1 dB for three frequencies. The audiological and Tr-SSQ results were statistically significant before and after the BAHA operation (p<0.000). Hearing thresholds, spatial and speech perception scores improved with bone anchored hearing aids in all subjects (p<0.000). Conclusion: The preoperative and postoperative Tr-SSQ and audiological results demonstrated a subjective and objective benefit and satisfaction with the BAHA. BAHAs provided not only audiological gain, but also benefit in quality of life for the patients with conductive hearing loss. Keywords: Conductive hearing loss, audiology, hearing aid, bone-anchored hearing aid, quality of life