what are the best hearing aids for single sided deafness

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There are a few options to consider for this scenario:

1) CROS (if the better ear is normal) or BiCROS (if the better ear has a hearing loss as well)

2) Osseointegrated hearing aid, such as the Cochlear Baha or Oticon Ponto (this may not be possible if the better ear has a significant loss, or if the patient is not a surgical candidate)

3) Unilateral cochlear implant (may not be covered by insurance, or the patient may not be a candidate for surgery or the implant itself)

You can visit your hearing healthcare professional to discuss the options and determine which is the best for you!

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Consumer Member 15 January 2019

I just found out that I have SSD and I am doing research on which device is the best for me. There is a lot to consider. Reading reviews of users, I found out that CROS users are less likely to be using their aids over a long period of time due to performance issues or discomfort. However, CROS is a good option if surgery is out of the question and/or your hearing lost is not that bad. I ruled out CROS because I have soreness behind my bad ear and I feel the aid would drive me nuts. I then reviewed comments about BAHA 5, Ponto3 and Sapano. Sapano uses a magnetic strip under the skin to mount the aid and I felt that too would not work for me. I then focused on BAHA 5 and Ponto 3 SP. The reviews showed that users didn't like that on the BAHA 5 you needed your iphone to adjust the volume of the aid or to change programs. Also, the BAHA 5 would shut down if you got sweat in the battery compartment which is located next to the head. There were complaints about the abutment, surgery and felt that the aid came off the abutment easily. I felt that the complaints about the surgery and the abutment were part of the system and were common to the Oticon Ponto system too.

The Ponto 3 complaints were mostly limited to the abutment (feeling funny) and the surgery. No complaints were listed for the aid. The volume control and selection of the programs were on the aid itself and could be changed quickly without your cell phone. Also Opticon introduced the minimal invasive surgery method that makes healing quicker and less painful. Hopefully in the next few weeks, I will get the abutment put in and I will report back my experience and if I made the right decision.
Margaret ("Peggy") T
Margaret ("Peggy") T 15 January 2019 Replied to Consumer Member
It is encouraging to me that you have done so much research--I commend you for taking ownership of your hearing health! There are certainly many advantages and disadvantages to all of the options, and it can be very overwhelming (especially when a lot of money and/or surgery are involved). I wish you the very best with your Oticon Ponto 3, and look forward to hearing how it goes for you!

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