Ear Nose & Throat Service (ENT)

Acoustic neuroma and hearing loss

This page gives you information about acoustic neuroma and hearing loss, and the BAHA bone conduction hearing solution.


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Hearing loss can affect virtually every aspect of a person’s life, from appreciation of nature, the arts and entertainment to personal and professional relationships.

A limited ability to discern sounds can lead to social isolation, career roadblocks and diminished enjoyment of one’s retirement years. Studies show that anxiety and depression are more pronounced among individuals with hearing loss.

Acoustic neuroma affects around one in every 100,000 people yearly. In many cases, modern microsurgical techniques offer safe and effective removal of acoustic neuroma tumours, but this treatment often leads to a profound hearing loss in the affected ear. This type of hearing loss is also known as single-sided deafness.

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A person with single-sided deafness – a typical effect of acoustic neuroma – can have difficulty in understanding speech over background noise. He or she may also have difficulty localising the direction of footsteps, traffic or a ringing telephone.

The BAHA® System transmits sound from the damaged side directly to the functioning inner ear on the other side. By doing so, it helps overcome the negative impact of single-sided deafness, can improve speech understanding, and provides 360-degree sound awareness.

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The BAHA System makes use of the body’s natural ability to hear sound through vibrations.

To bypass a damaged inner ear caused by acoustic neuroma, the system sends sound through the bone directly to the functioning inner ear on the other side. In other words, it re-routes the sound – naturally.

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To find out how to gain better access to hearing you should contact your GP to arrange a referral to us.

You can also find out more about the Newcastle BAHA Centre.

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