Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA)
The BAHA is a surgically implanted system for treatment of certain types of hearing loss. Most of
the time, it takes about 1 month for the bone to grow around the titanium implant and make it secure.
After 1 month, you will have a clinic visit with the audiologist (hearing specialist) to fit the sound
processor and confirm that it is working.
Most patients do not need to stay over night in the hospital. You should receive a BAHA After Care
kit when you are discharged.
▪ You may remove the large cup-like dressing and white or brown gauze 24 hours after surgery.
▪ There will be a sponge dressing over the implant (abutment) site with a round plastic cap attached
to the abutment. This sponge dressing and cap will stay in place for 10 – 14 days. You will have
a clinic visit at that time and the sponge dressing and cap will be removed.
▪ You may shower, but avoid shampoo and water on the abutment incision until your first follow
up clinic visit.
▪ You should wash your hair the morning of your first clinic visit. Getting the sponge dressing wet
that day will make it easier to remove.
▪ Check your wound for any signs of infection. Watch for redness, swelling, pain, warmth at the
site, or pus-like drainage.
▪ Avoid strenuous activity such as jogging and aerobics for 2 weeks, or as advised by your doctor.
▪ Do not drive or drink alcohol while taking pain pills.
ENT Clinic, Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 5:00 pm (608) 263-6190
After hours and weekends, this number is answered by the paging operator. Ask for the ENT doctor
on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, please call 1-800-323-8942.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have any
questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not medical
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