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Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid (Baha) Procedure Live on Internet

HARTFORD CT: Single-sided deafness, or SSD, afflicts some 50,000 people a year in the US alone. The loss of hearing in one ear can be caused by a traumatic injury, diseases like mumps or measles, hereditary disorders or sudden deafness.

Hearing through one ear only makes it difficult to determine which direction a sound is coming from, so crossing a street becomes hazardous, and detracts from one's ability to interact with people in social settings. Now there is an innovative surgical procedure called a Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid or Baha that is being performed at Hartford Hospital.

During a live Internet broadcast on January 17th, 2008 at 6 PM EST, Dr. Marc Eisen, an ear, nose and throat specialist, will conduct an outpatient procedure to implant an unobtrusive Baha device that allows sound to travel through bone and restores close-to-normal hearing.

Baha is a registered trademark of Cochlear Ltd.

For further information on this live internet broadcast please visit: http://www.or-live.com/HartfordHospital/1864/#.

To learn more about Cochlear, visit www.cochlear.com.

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