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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the self-rated quality of life and benefits associated with the use of a Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA). To assess any change in health status after a BAHA. This was a retrospective postal questionnaire study. The Glasgow Children's Benefit Inventory was the validated tool used.Children with a BAHA on the Birmingham pediatric Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid Programme from February 1992 to February 2007 were included. One hundred fifteen children were sent a postal questionnaire. Eighty-four were returned, giving a response rate of 73%. All children had worn their BAHA for more than 6 months. Children with an implant-retained auricular prosthesis were excluded from the study, as were children who were older than 16 years at the time of the questionnaire. Patients with bilateral BAHA were advised to answer the questionnaire with reference to their first BAHA. The BAHA was a success in the pediatric population. All 84 children reported a positive benefit with their BAHA. The median benefit score was +54. No child demonstrated deterioration in health status after their BAHA. The use of a BAHA significantly enhanced general well-being, improved patient state of health (quality of life), and finally, was considered a success by patients and their families. This study demonstrates a significant benefit from BAHA as measured by the Glasgow Children's Benefit Inventory.
    Otology & neurotology: official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology 01/2009; 30(3):344-9. · 1.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the complication rates and outcomes of children who were fitted with a bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) on the Birmingham BAHA program. Retrospective case analysis of clinical records of all children implanted at Birmingham Children's Hospital since the beginning of the program in 1992 until February 2007. A total of 182 children younger than 16 years old fitted with a BAHA. Of these children, 107 had a significant medical history. Surgery was performed as a 2-stage procedure in 174 children. The healing time was between 3 and 4 months in 112 (64%) cases. Single-stage surgery was performed in 8 cases. Implant failures were 14% of 230 loaded fixtures (32 fixtures lost in total). Multiple-fixture failures (18 fixture failures) occurred in 7 patients. Adverse skin reactions appeared in 34 (17%) patients during a 15-year follow-up period. Revision surgery was undertaken in 14 (8%) cases because of skin overgrowth around the abutment. Five of these cases required multiple surgical skin reductions. The Birmingham Program has a high proportion of syndromic patients with complex medical problems. The fixture failure rate was found to be 14%. This included the multiple-fixture failures in children younger than 3 years old. There was 1 serious complication. The BAHA is a reliable and effective treatment for selected patients. Our program currently has 97% of its children wearing their BAHA on a daily basis with continuing audiologic benefit.
    Otology & neurotology: official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology 11/2008; 30(2):178-83. · 1.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate complication rates and outcomes of children with Down syndrome fitted with a Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (Baha). To evaluate whether the Bone Anchored Hearing Aid is a successful form of aural rehabilitation in children with Down syndrome from a patients' perspective. Retrospective case analysis and postal questionnaire study. The Birmingham Children's Hospital, UK. A total of 15 children were fitted with a Baha between February 1992 and February 2007. The age range was 2-15 years. A postal questionnaire was sent to each family. The Glasgow Children's Benefit Inventory (GCBI) was used in this study. Implantation results, skin reactions and other complications were recorded. Quality of life after receiving a Baha was assessed with the GCBI. All 15 patients are using their Baha 7 days a week for more than 8h a day after a follow-up of 14 months with continuing audiological benefit. No fixtures were lost, and skin problems were encountered in 3 (20%). Regarding quality of life, all 15 patients had improved social and physical functioning as a result of better hearing. Baha has an important role in the overall management of individuals with Down syndrome after conventional hearing aids and/or ventilation tubes have been considered or already failed. This study has shown a 20% rate of soft tissue reaction and there were no fixture losses in this group. No significant increase in complication rates was identified in children with Down syndrome. Finally, there was a significantly improved quality of life in children with Down syndrome after receiving their Baha. There was a high patient/carer satisfaction with Baha. Two of our series had bilateral two stage fixture procedures without any complications. More consideration should be given to bilateral bone anchored hearing aids in this group.
    International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 07/2008; 72(6):751-7. · 1.35 Impact Factor