Need help? The Baha Support App is here for you!

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The Baha Support App is a great tool whenever you need support for your sound processor and accessories.

Always available at your fingertips, the handy app contains video assistance, troubleshooting and daily living tips; for example, what you should do if your processor gets wet or how to handle going through airport security.

The app includes information and support for the Baha 5, Baha 4 and Baha 3 sound processors in different languages and is available for both Apple and Android phones.

Download the free Baha Support App here:

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Read more about all our apps here

Raising a child with Treacher Collins syndrome

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The 2012 children’s novel Wonder is being adapted into a Hollywood movie starring Julia Roberts.

Wonder tells the story about a 10-year boy with Treacher Collins syndrome who starts school after being home-schooled for years. Jacob Trembley plays the boy, Auggie, who gets bullied because of his rare facial medical deformity. The film is scheduled for release in April, 2017.

Treacher Collins syndrome is a rare, genetic condition affecting the way the face develops — especially the cheekbones, jaws, ears and eyelids. These differences often cause problems with breathing, swallowing, chewing, hearing and speech.

How severe the syndrome is varies widely from child to child. Treacher Collins syndrome is present when a baby is born (congenital).

The syndrome occurs in about 1 in 50,000 newborns worldwide.

Blogger Eloise, herself a parent of a child with the syndrome, shares both her concerns and hopes for the film in this blog:

Ten things about parenting a child with Treacher Collins Syndrome

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Read more: How children with Treacher Collins and hearing loss can benefit from a Baha solution

Wearing a hat with a Baha sound processor

Question: Hi, I wonder if it’s possible to wear a hat with your Baha sound processor? I have the Baha 5 and while it’s really small it still gets “in the way” when putting on a cap or hat.

Any ideas? Thanks // Jade

Answer: Hi Jade, thanks for your question.

Of course you can wear a hat! You just have to be a little bit creative. Your Baha sound processor is a delicate electronic device and touching fabric may cause feedback. So cutting a small hole around the place of the sound processor is usually the best and most simple way.

Here’s an idea by a reader from our Facebook page who customizes her husband’s baseball caps:

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Anyone else who has tips for Jade? We’d love to hear your ideas!

//The Baha Blog team

Lipreading Awareness Week: Turn down the noise in restaurants!

Last week, 12-19 September, was National Lipreading Awareness Week in the UK. More than 10 million Brits suffer from hearing loss and while some are helped by hearing devices, a number of people still have to rely on lipreading.

ATLA – the Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults – are now asking restaurants to choose a day to invite their customers to ‘come and enjoy their taste in food, not their taste in music’.

In return ATLA will give participating restaurants some basic deaf awareness training for their staff, a poster to display of their local lipreading class and a press release template to send to the local media.

“Many hard of hearing people avoid going to restaurants because it’s just too difficult for them to follow conversations and pick out the sounds they want to hear,” says ATLA’s vice-chair Molly Berry. “But minimum investment can fix this and make a restaurant a much more pleasant environment for everyone to hear each other and hold conversations in, not just the hard of hearing.”

Other than turning down the music, here are some easy tips for restaurants to cut down the background noise:

  • Introduce more soft furnishings such as curtains, cushions and carpet
  • Acoustic ceiling tiles which dampen the sound
  • Ensure good lighting so lipreaders can see the face of the person speaking

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If you are a Baha 5 user, you can prepare for the evening by bringing your Wireless Mini Microphone. Pin it on your companion’s collar or put it on the table to pick up the conversation all around. Choose between two different versions.

What do YOU think about dining out? Are restaurants today too noisy?

 

Read also: Choosing a restaurant when you have hearing loss

 

How can I wear the Baha 5 SuperPower so I won’t get feedback?

QuestionI upgraded my Baha device to a Baha 5 SuperPower and am, for the most part, happy with the results. However, I am having feedback issues due to the close distance of the abutment to the sound processor. Do you ever recommend moving the abutment? // Rock

Answer: Dear Rock,

In some cases, people who upgrade to the Baha 5 SuperPower may find there is limited space between the abutment and the ear which could increase the risk for feedback. With this in mind, Cochlear created a flexible wearing system that allows you to wear the sound processor under the ear. We have developed a special ear hook to support this and have so far noted good results with this option.

Instead of moving the abutment, I recommend that you contact your hearing care professional to evaluate if wearing your sound processor under the ear instead of behind the ear could be a way to overcome the feedback.

~ Fredrik Breitholtz, Head of Training and Clinical Communication, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions

Is there a better sound processor than the BP100?

QuestionHello, hope you are doing great. I am currently using the Baha BP100 and I am wondering if there is a new processor that increases/improves clarity and sound.

Thank you in advance.
Alejandra

Answer: Hi Alejandra! There is indeed. The Baha 5 Sound Processor offers clear, crisp, high-quality sound – and is packed full of advanced hearing technologies.

Since the launch, the Baha 5 Sound Processor has proven very successful. The small size, sound quality and wireless audio streaming directly to and from a range of accessories and from your iPhone have all been very appreciated by people upgrading from the BP100. There are numerous testimonials available from Baha users, such as this one, on the benefits they have perceived with this new sound processor. You should definitely talk to your health care professional and ask if you can evaluate how it would work for you.

Best of luck!

//The Baha Blog team

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How do you decorate your Baha sound processor?

Ears are the newest trendy body part – at least according to New York Fashion Week! No news for us, right🙂

We love seeing pictures of creative Baha users and how you decorate your sound processors. Some people even get tattoos to highlight their hearing loss or to sympathise with a loved one (although you certainly don’t need to go that far!). The picture of the dad from New Zealand who tattooed a cochlear implant just like his daughter’s went viral last year, and we’re sure there are lots of other creative ways of highlighting your hearing loss or blinging your sound processor.

Here are some ideas we’ve come across. Feel free to share your own – either here or on our Facebook page. We’d love to see how you decorate your or your child’s Baha sound processor!

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Keep in mind:

  1. Be careful not to let the tape or sticker cover the microphones
  2. Don’t use strong glue that can harm the surface of your sound processor
  3. Make sure the battery door is properly closed, as an open door could cause feedback

Please be aware that material in certain stickers and glue may contain substances that are not biocompatible and thus may cause skin reactions. Test it on your skin first!