Back to school with the new Cochlear Wireless Mini Microphone 2+

It’s back to school time and a perfect opportunity to learn about the new technology available to enhance your or your child’s learning experience!

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The new Mini Microphone 2+ is ideal for the classroom, designed to increase a child’s ability to hear over distances and in noise. Place it on the student’s desk or the teacher’s collar to help close the gap between your child and speaker. Whether your child is sitting at their desk or working in groups, the Mini Mic 2+ automatically adapts to the situation at hand.

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Benefits in the classroom include:

  • Peace of mind: You and the teacher know that every child will hear every learning moment
  • Hear over a greater distance: The Mini Mic 2+ offers an improved range of listening of up to 25 meters at clear line of sight. This means as the teacher moves about the classroom there is no need to worry that the signal will be intermittent or dropped.
  • Access to better speech understanding: With the new directional microphone technology, children will have direct and clearer access to what they need to hear no matter the situation: whether the teacher is presenting or whether working in a group project with peers
  • Compatibility: The Mini Mic 2+ is compatible with other assistive technologies such as FM systems or looped classrooms where a T-Coil is needed
  • Portability: As a child moves from the home, to the classroom, to recess, to soccer practice after school, the portable Mini Mic 2+ can easily be transferred to any environment
  • All day use: The Mini Mic 2+ is designed to provide a child with a full-day of streaming (up to 11 hours)

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Baha user Manny’s mother tells the Cochlear Americas blog:

“Manny loves school–thankfully! He uses the Mini Microphone to hear the teacher directly in the classroom. Prior to the Mini Mic we had always used a FM system. When we were upgrading processors, we tested out a variety of options and realized the clarity of the Baha 5 Sound Processors combined with the Mini Mic far superseded the sound quality that his old processors combined with the FM system produced. Now that he is getting older, the lessened ‘equipment fuss’ at school is greatly appreciated as well.”

 

Read also: Cochlear’s handy Back to school guide for children with hearing loss!

Baha 5 user Debra: I wish everybody who had a hearing loss could experience what I’m hearing, now

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On the day Debra Brant, 54 got her Baha sound processor fitted, she cried:

“It was like hearing for the first time. Hearing on both sides and getting back the stereo sound I lost was fantastic – it was emotionally overwhelming.”

Her hearing loss started on her right side as a child and continued throughout her childhood. As doctors told her that hearing aids would not really help, she simply learned to “live with it”. A few years ago Debra underwent had surgery that left her with practically no hearing on her right side.

It was then that she was first told about the Baha System, that it would be the best choice for her type of hearing loss. Debra was able to try out the Baha sound processor on a Softband before surgery, something that really helped her make her decision. Thanks to this opportunity she was able to hear the difference and decided to move forward.

“The Baha 5 System has been life-changing because, for the first time in my life — in over 50 years — I can hear on both sides”, says Debra. “Now, instead of feeling isolated when there’s a family gathering and people are talking, I can hear.”

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The Baha 5 Sound Processor is compatible with all Cochlear Wireless Accessories. The wireless Mini Microphone helps Debra a lot in her daily life. If one of her daughter wears it while out shopping, Debra can hear both her daughter’s voices if they walk close together. She can even hear them if she’s in the dressing room and they’re outside. Being a teacher, she can put the Mini Mic in the middle of the room and it enhances what the students are saying.

The Baha 5 Smart App enables her to discreetly change programs and activate wireless streaming with her iPhone.

“The made-for-iPhone technology makes life so much easier because the app gives me accessibility to adjusting the volume just using my iPhone.  I can adjust the treble, the bass.  It will give me an alert when my processor is running low.”

Soon, Debra is going to be a grandmother for the first time. One of her daughters is expecting a little boy!

“I am fully looking forward to having a little grandson and I won’t miss out on a single thing in his life, like I did when my girls were babies. I want to get the most out of life that I can because I can hear. I’m not missing anything.”

Going from the abutment to the magnetic Baha Attract System

Question: I got the abutment implanted in October of 2009, received my Baha BP100 Sound Processor in January of 2010. I had several issues with feedback and we couldn’t get it to quit. The feedback was sporadic and everyday. I have quit wearing the processor because of the pain from the feedback.

Here lately the area around the abutment is tender and sore to the touch. I also keep feeling like the skin is trying to grow around the edges, but it hurts to clean the skin off. My doctor said it doesn’t appear to be infected and has recommended that I upgrade to the Baha 5 Sound Processor. He also recommended I change from the abutment to the new Baha Attract System.

Has anyone changed from the abutment to the Baha Attract? Are there feedback issues like I had before?

Thanks for any help. I just don’t want to start fighting my insurance and getting another surgery for no gain. // John

Answer: Hi John, sorry to hear about your struggles.

Both the Baha Connect and Baha Attract Systems are well-proven and have helped thousands of people all over the world. The difference between the two is the way that the sound processor attaches to the implant.

In the Baha Connect System, that you are using, the sound processor snaps on to an abutment. In the Baha Attract System the sound processor is attached to a sound processor magnet. Another magnet is fixed to the implant under the skin and the sound processor is held in place on your head by the two magnets. So the Baha Attract System is practically invisible when the sound processors are not attached, since the implants are hidden beneath the skin.

In answer to your question, yes we know of several people who successfully have gone from the Baha Connect to the Baha Attract System. In the global consensus outcomes of 2014, a group of experienced Baha surgeons from USA and Europe all agreed that good outcomes may be achieved when transitioning patients from an abutment to a magnetic connection. It’s recommended that an evaluation of the hearing experience with the Baha sound processor on a Softband is done before switching systems, to give you an idea of what your hearing will be like.

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. You will definitely notice a big improvement in your hearing experience.

Your hearing healthcare specialist will recommend what hearing solution is best for you.

Best of luck!

//The Baha Blog team

Read more: “It’s so light, I even forget I have it on” – Baha 5 Attract user Jon

Power up your hearing with the amazingly smart Baha 5 Power!

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Baha user Dennis Klatte 65, lost his hearing at the age of 60 due to an acoustic neuroma. The removal of the tumour left him completely deaf on the right side.

“I rather foolishly asked, ‘Is there a chance that the nerve will grow back?’ and after they were done laughing, they said no,” Dennis recalls with a wry smile. “So the option was the Baha solution. When the ENT doctor put the little Baha sound processor on a headband and held it against my head – it was amazing, I could hear what he was saying even when he had his back to me. My wife just looked at my face and immediately understood that I could hear.”

The new Baha 5 Power Sound Processor is ideal for people like Dennis who need more power, with hearing loss up to 55 dB SNHL. Compared to the previous generation (the Baha BP110 Power), it offers longer battery life, wireless capabilities including Made for iPhone support, and the design is totally new.

When trying it on for the first time, Dennis was favourably impressed; “It looks sleek. It looks nice. I like that the battery door is all self-contained.”

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The Baha 5 Power comes in five colours, the same as the Baha 5 Sound Processor, so you can choose a colour to match your hair. Dennis opted for the silver colour to blend in with his hair.

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Some of the features in this amazingly smart power sound processor are:

  • Direct-to-device wireless capabilities
  • New volume rocker – for easy volume control
  • Made for iPhone technology
  • Built-in tamper proof battery door
  • LED light – indicating if the device is working properly

Read more here!

 

Parents of young Baha 5 SuperPower user Molly: “The difference in such a short time is amazing!”

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In March 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the Baha 5 SuperPower Sound Processor for use in the United States, and Tufts Medical Center is one of the centers now offering the state-of-the-art technology.

One of the first patients fitted with the Baha 5 SuperPower  is young Molly. Her parents share:

“We just wanted to send you a quick update on Molly and her new hearing aid. She loves it and wears it all day! We have seen a huge difference in Molly since she started wearing the new one last one week. She is more vocal, more attentive, more engaged, and can definitely hear better. She even stopped and looked—while she was watching TV—when she heard a knock on the door. We have never seen her do this before!

Molly also sat on the couch and watched a DVD on TV while sitting next to Kaitlyn {her sister}. The microphone was connected to the TV, and she was very attentive and laughed and swayed when familiar songs came on like “Wheels on the Bus.” She sat next to Kaitlyn for about half an hour, which is something she has never done before for that long, and then they looked at books together. Normally she has to sit in a booster chair on a dining room chair closer to the TV and separate from Kaitlyn and the rest of us.

School has also seen a difference in Molly, as she has been more engaged, more aware, and making lots of vocalizations!! The difference in such a short time is amazing.”

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The Baha 5 SuperPower is the first and only behind-the-ear bone conduction sound processor, and users around the world report improved hearing and speech understanding, especially in noisy situations.

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Learn more about the Baha 5 SuperPower

In the news: Surgeons recommend the Baha 5 SuperPower

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From Consumer’s DigestDr. Eric Smouha (pictured), director of otology at Mount Sinai Hospital, and Michael Scott, auditory implant program coordinator at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, are among the prestigious surgeons who recommend the Baha 5 SuperPower to their hard of hearing patients.

Both believe that the product will provide a better quality of hearing than [patients] would [receive] with a conventional hearing aid. Dr. Smouha states that the technology that’s in the systems that lack a body-worn module wasn’t strong enough to address higher degrees of mixed hearing loss.

The SuperPower is the first and only head-worn bone conduction sound processor designed for moderate to severe mixed hearing loss, with a fitting range up to 65 dB SNHL. Thanks to the Baha EveryWear™ wearing options (that includes a body-worn configuration), people who can’t use an ear-level device can still use the Baha 5 SuperPower.

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Read also: Jim’s new super power!

 

Michael receives his Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award

Recently, the 2016 Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award UK Ceremony was held in the town of Sutton Coldfield, just outside Birmingham, where winner Michael King was presented with his award.

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Michael with Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Kath Phillips and The Mayor’s Consort, Maurice Phillips

Michael, who studies at the prestigious Goldsmith’s College, part of the University of London, plans to save his £6,000 scholarship award to help pay his rent in his third year of studies.

“Receiving this scholarship is such a wonderful boost after a difficult few years of struggling to study because of my hearing loss. A bit like receiving the Baha System itself, getting the scholarship makes life so much easier!”

Michael’s surgeon, Nick Turner of Walsall’s Manor Hospital, was with Michael on the night and was thrilled to see Michael receive the award. In his acceptance speech, Michael made a note of thanking Mr Turner and the medical team who have helped him on his journey.

“I’d also like to thank the medical team at the Manor Hospital, I really couldn’t have got to where I am today without all their help. I especially want to thank Nick Turner who has been there from the beginning which was probably about 17 years ago. Mr Turner has always ensured I get the best treatment which is more than I could’ve asked for – on top of this he has listened to my dreams and aspirations and always tried to help me achieve them – even when the outlook was bleak. I really couldn’t have asked for more and for that I can’t thank him enough.”

Michael King with his surgeon, Nick Turner

Nick Turner, Associate Medical Director and Consultant ENT Surgeon, Michael and Louise Fletcher, Audiologist

Read more about Michael and his award here.

If you live in the UK and are interested to learn more about the Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award click here.