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Single-sided deafness

If you are deaf in one ear and have normal hearing on the other side, your condition might be referred to as single-sided deafness (SSD). A bone anchored hearing system like Ponto may be the most appropriate solution for you. Being deaf on one side reduces not only your ability to locate sounds but also your ability to follow conversations in noisy environments – a combination that can make everyday life quite challenging.

How Ponto can help

Everyday noisy situations like meetings and social gatherings, and even biking or jogging near traffic noise, can be particularly problematic if you are deaf in one ear. Ponto picks up sounds on your deaf side and converts them into vibrations that can travel to your normal hearing ear on the opposite side, via the skull bone.

Without Ponto’s assistance, sounds that occur on your deaf side are extra difficult to hear, because your head casts an acoustic “shadow” over your good ear. By reducing this head shadow effect and making it easier to understand speech in noisy environments, bone anchored hearing systems can take much of the work out of listening.

It is important to choose a system that provides the maximum output in the mid to high frequencies, which contain key information for understanding speech. A bone anchored hearing system that uses direct sound transmission, such as Ponto, gives patients access to these essential frequencies. This is because the system transmits sound directly from the sound processor to the bone, via the abutment and implant.

A better way to the optimal hearing experience
Meet Nancy

“I am not a crier, but when I put the Ponto Plus on I almost started crying. I could hear and it was clear”

- Nancy Smith Oberman

  • Indication: Single Sided Deafness
  • Sound processor: Ponto Plus & Oticon Medical Streamer