I read with interest your story “Cutting edge implant will give a mum the gift of sound” which appearedin The NDL on November 5.
The story focused on Tamworth resident Amelia Leach, who is a recent recipient of bilateral Cochlear Baha Attract implants, which will correct her lifelong hearing issues and negate the need for her to wear hearing aids.
I just wanted to correct a couple of points.
The article stated that this is expensive and invasive surgery and can cost upwards of $50,000.
In actual fact, the surgery is minimally invasive.
Additionally, no implant is visible through the skin, as the sound processor is attached to the head via a magnet positioned under the skin. That’s just one of the great benefits of the Baha Attract system.
With regards to costs: in Australia, public health funding or private health insurance covers the cost of the Baha system for most people.
The Baha Attract system is good news for people with single-sided deafness (i.e. total deafness in one ear) or those who have other outer or middle ear issues which stop sound from reaching their cochlea, as this system transmits sound through bone (i.e. your skull).
And now that the Sharon King Hearing Centre in Tamworth is offering the Baha service, recipients from the region do not need to make expensive and time consuming trips to Newcastle or Sydney to get their system switched-on and fine-tuned.
Sharon King Hearing Centres