The advent of the Phonak Wireless CROS/BiCROS has made a remarkable difference in the treatment of single sided deafness without the need for surgery or implantation. Approximately, 4,000 new cases of sudden deafness are reported annually according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (http://www.nidcd.nih.gov).
Patients realize that even with normal hearing in the one remaining ear, that hearing performance and abilities are significantly compromised and transferring information from the non-responding ear side to the good ear can make a world of difference in performance and quality of life. The lack of hearing softer speech, understanding conversations at a distance, hearing in background noise, and listening to cross talk in conversations are impaired.
The options are either surgical with a bone anchored hearing device or non-surgical treatment with specialized hearing instruments. For the most part, the new Phonak Wireless CROS/BiCROS system is a wonderful option that provides clarity without the need of an implant in the skull.
Experience with both options has shown that word clarity and ease of use with the new Phonak system is a remarkable and magical device that can change hearing ability and quality of life. Although the surgical BAHA is a remarkable option and should be considered, the wireless CROS/BiCROS option appeals to most patients, because surgery is not required.
The most important aspect of the wireless hearing aid option is that it is fit to maintain comfort, reduce excessive background noise, and improve word clarity, especially from the dead ear side. Most patients feel revived and rejuvenated when hearing from the dead ear side and feel that they have been give a new opportunity in life. It should be noted that the BAHA is covered by Medicare and some insurances.