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Bone Conduction Hearing Aid (BCHI)

BCHIHow BCHI works

A bone conduction hearing aid can be a good solution if your hearing loss is due to problems in your outer or middle ear. This is because it bypasses these parts of the ear and transmits sound directly into your inner ear. This can be highly beneficial if you suffer from conductive or mixed hearing loss especially when a conventional hearing aid cannot be used.  A bone anchored solution can also be beneficial for those with a profound hearing loss in one ear also known as single-sided deafness.

The service provides a comprehensive bone conduction hearing aid assessment and fitting service for suitable candidates who have been referred to the Audiology Department following an ENT consultation. All of these assessments are carried out at University Hospital of North Durham & Darlington Memorial Hospital by our specialised bone conduction hearing aid team.

The initial assessment will take approximately 1hour 15minutes to complete. During this assessment a full history will be taken & hearing & speech tests will be performed to determine suitability. If suitable a trial of a bone conduction hearing aid will be arranged to determine if this is the appropriate treatment. If so the results are returned to ENT to arrange implantation of the abutment.

Approximately 4/6 weeks after implantation of the abutment the bone conduction hearing aid is fitted. Once fitted we provide a full aftercare & review service

See the useful contacts section for further information and local contacts

  • BCHI Team 24

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital