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Adult Users of Bone Anchored Hearing Aids

Executive summary

  • Fourteen users of BAHAs were interviewed about their experiences 
  • Interviewees described vividly the problems their deafness had created for them, and all mentioned loneliness
  • When the BAHA was suggested to them, only four were offered the possibility of meeting another BAHA user.
  • The majority of interviewees had already undergone a considerable number of operations and were therefore not discouraged by the prospect of a further one; All  felt they were well prepared for the operation
  • Most adapted to the BAHA very quickly and only two said it had taken longer than two weeks; Half found their initial experience of  the device extremely positive 
  • All were able to describe many ways in which they had benefitted from having a BAHA, the major ones including being able to hear better and an improvement in confidence.
  • For those who had experienced constant infections, the absence or huge reduction in the number of infections was a very important benefit
  • Many described significant  improvements in their social lives and their ability to relate to others and one describe the BAHA as an ‘aid to inclusion’  
  • Difficulties with the BAHA included hearing in noisy situations and particular  difficulties in wind
  • There were a number of concerns about the design of the BAHA and some positive suggestions were made.
  • Feelings about   the support they had received  after the operation varied
  • The situation with regard to repairs varied considerably from centre to centre.  
  • The BUSK website (BAHA users group) was seen as a valuable source of support by many interviewees
  • All interviewees said they would recommend the BAHA to others in a similar position, but most also said that it was important to research the device first

NB We recognise the sensitivities, but have used BAHA throughout this document, in line with common practice. 

 

You can download the full report here: Adult Users of Bone Anchored Hearing Aids- A Study by Interviews.pdf