Hearing Rehabilitation Implementing a Transcutaneous Bone Conduction Device: Single-Center Experience

Tom Shokri, Beth Czarnecki, Aaron Baker, Huseyin Isildak

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Bone conduction implants based on percutaneous abutment acoustic transmission have been implemented in patients with satisfactory outcomes. However, adverse soft tissue outcomes present a limitation. Transcutaneous bone conduction devices (t-BCDs) are an alternative that may mitigate these complications. A retrospective review was performed of patients who underwent implantation of a t-BCD from 2013 to 2017. Surgical outcomes were reviewed including wound complications, frequency of device use, patient concerns regarding the device, and reported patient satisfaction. A total of 37 patients were implanted with the bone-anchored hearing aids, BAHA Attract (Cochlear™ Baha® Implant System). Average follow-up time was 271.8 days. Postoperatively, 7 (18.9%) patients complained of soft tissue changes or issues with wound healing. Twelve (32.4%) patients requested adjustment of their devices. The t-BCD is an excellent option for hearing rehabilitation. Overall, the complication rate is low, patient satisfaction is high, and successful conversion from a percutaneous device is possible with minimal risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199S-203S
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Issue number3_suppl
StatePublished - Jun 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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