Alex Brewer – the first paediatric Baha Attract System patient in the world

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Alex Brewer, 17, Australia, was born with a partially-formed right ear which prevented him from hearing many of the sounds most of us take for granted. In 2013 he became the first teenager ever to be implanted with the Baha Attract System.

Read Alex’s story here: World-first hearing aid is music to Alex’s ears

Chronic ear infections

Cristina, Baha user, Spain

Cristina, Baha user, Spain

If you have children – or have been one! – you most probably have had to deal with ear infections. Chronic ear infections, also known as Chronic Otitis Media, are more likely to affect children because their eustachian tubes are smaller which makes it difficult for fluid to drain out of the ear.

In most cases, children (and adults) suffer no or few consequences from this condition. However, those with recurring infections have higher risks of developing conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. Approximately 141 million people in the world (2.1% of the population) have mild hearing loss that results from otitis media.

People with a conductive hearing loss often have difficulty understanding speech over background noise, and they may have trouble localising the origin of sounds. The Baha System can help restore hearing by sending sound directly to the inner ear. Because the ear canal is never obstructed, the discharges associated with Chronic Otitis Media are allowed to dry properly, which reduces the risk of further infections*.

What is great with Baha solutions is that they can be implemented early in life, so kids won’t miss out on the important early period of learning speech and language.

Download the Chronic Otitis Media folder here

* Macnamara M, Phillips D, Proops DW. The bone anchored hearing aid (Baha) in chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM). Journal of Laryngology and Otology Supplement. 1996;21:38-40.

“Perfect hearing with a magnet in your head”

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The new Baha Attract System uses magnets to connect the sound processor to the implant. Here is a story from Dutch newspaper AD about Gabry, the first ever person in the Netherlands to be implanted with the Baha Attract System and get “Perfect hearing with a magnet in her head”!

If you’re a Dutch speaker you can read her story here: Attract 20131106 Perfect gehoor door magneetje in het hoofd

Camille always danced – now it’s to music

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At the Cochlear Celebration in San Diego 2013, we had the pleasure of meeting Camille Masino – our 100,000th Baha recipient. Camille has danced the ballet since she was three years old – without even being able to hear the music, or her teachers. It wasn’t until she received her Baha sound processors that she could bring her dancing to a whole new level.

This is Camille’s story:

20-year old Camille, USA, was born with Goldenhar Syndrome. She had fused vertebrae in the neck making it difficult to turn her head, as well as deformation of the outer and middle ear which caused her to suffer from severe hearing loss in her right ear. Her childhood was filled with constant trips in and out of surgery. To complicate matters further, Camille also had sensitive allergies and chronic sinus problems.

The allergies brought on constant ear infections in Camille’s left ear – her “good” ear – causing her to suffer from hearing loss on that side too. At age 11, Camille developed a cholesteatoma (a growth in the middle ear) in her left ear and from then on she really struggled to communicate. A doctor told her parents that Camille would most likely find it difficult to succeed in school.

At the age of 14 and after almost as many surgeries, Camille decided to get bilateral Baha sound processors.

“It was the best decision she ever made!” says Camille’s mother Hilary Masino. “Hearing with the Baha sound processors has truly changed her life. Above all, it has allowed Camille to continue dancing ballet.”

Dancing is Camille’s life. She started dancing ballet when she was just three years old, and has danced though deafness, dizziness, pain and the inability to turn her head.

Camille laughs:

I love dancing. I dance six days a week. After every surgery I would wrap my head in a scarf and rush to get back to the studio. All my doctors thought I was crazy.

Without being able to hear, Camille learned how to dance by lip reading her teacher’s instructions and by feeling the beat of the music. When she got her Baha sound processors, Camille could hear the music for the first time – and her teacher. When Camille heard her teacher giving her praise it was a revelation. She realised that she had been doing it for years, saying “Good” or “Well done!” – only Camille had never heard it before!

In her senior year of high school Camille danced the solo role of the Snow Queen in the Nutcracker; “She was beautiful,” says Hilary.

Proving her doctor wrong, Camille graduated from high school with a 3.9 GPA and with a career path award in Medical Microbiology and Biotechnology. She was accepted to college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

“Today I’m grateful for my trials,” concludes Camille. “They are my biggest blessings. They have made me into who I am today.”

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Camille at the Cochlear Celebration 2013

Camille at the Cochlear Celebration 2013

Welcome to the Baha blog

Welcome to the official Baha blog, presented by Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions!

We are very excited to use this blog as a way to share hearing industry news, innovations and everything Baha-related with you – all Baha users out there.

As of 2013 there are 100,000 of you all over the world. Amazing! The number is steadily growing and we want this blog to be a place where you can share your thoughts and get the answers to your questions.

Are you a candidate considering a Baha solution? Then this spot is definitely for you.

Anything you want to read more about? Please drop us a line. We are always interested in hearing about the topics that interest you the most.