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After being hearing impaired for eight years on her right side, Jeanne, New Jersey, got her hearing back – just in time for the holidays!
Doctors at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital became the first in the US to surgically implant a patient with the FDA-cleared Baha Attract System.
The new type of non-cochlear hearing implant is “a tremendous advantage for many patients,” says Dr. Ian Storper, director of Otology at New York Head and Neck Institute’s Center for Hearing and Balance Disorders, “because it uses magnets to attach the external sound receiver seamlessly to the patient’s head.”
“I like the idea of not having something very visible on my scalp,” says Jeanne. “I think I’ll be a lot more comfortable in crowded rooms.”
Watch the clip of Jeanne’s activation here.
Cochlear’s unique DermaLock™ technology brings many benefits for Baha patients, such as shorter surgery time and faster healing process.
Here is an article from the biggest newspaper in the Netherlands, De Telegraaf, about the Maastricht UMC DermaLock trial.
A translated extract from the original article (which is in Dutch):
The Baha implant is inserted behind the ear through surgery. Where this procedure was previously very cumbersome and time consuming, it takes the ENT specialist now only a quarter of an hour. Sometimes even under local anesthesia. Unlike the previous generation implants DermaLock technology allows the implant to connect with the skin. Thus, the patient will not suffer from hair loss and the formation of scar tissue.
“This was often a reason for patients to reject the implant,” says otolaryngologist Prof. Robert Stokroos who is leading the research. “We think the new Baha implant can improve and produces a more natural result.”
The new Baha Attract System is making waves around the world. Check out this fitting video from Hungary with Prof. Rovo Laszlo!
Please note that the video is in Hungarian.
Dr Anders Tjellström
Dr Anders Tjellström, Gothenburg, Sweden, is widely recognized as one of the Baha pioneers. Here is a story about him in the November/December 2013 issue of ENT News: Interview with Anders Tjellstrom in ENT News 2013
Dr Tjellstrom demonstrates the Baha Attract System
Single-sided sensorineural deafness is a medical condition where you have normal hearing in one ear and impaired hearing in the other.
Arnold, Baha user
Some are born with it, but single-sided deafness can also be acquired by illnesses and other medical conditions; by exposure to loud noises; by trauma or by other, unknown factors.
A person who is deaf on one side may have difficulty understanding speech over background noise and localising the direction of footsteps, traffic or a ringing telephone. The condition can also indirectly cause stress, exhaustion and headaches from the extra efforts required to listen. Social isolation can also be an unwelcome result.
Musician and music lover Arnold from Switzerland, describes how his sudden overnight deafness in 2002 turned his social life into loneliness, until he after three years was able to restore his hearing with the Baha System:
“Communication was hard, sitting around a table trying to talk to people… The social contacts have improved so much!”
Read more about how the Baha System can help here
Overall preference: 90% preferred the Baha 4 Sound Processor over the BP100
In a recent home test of the Baha 4 Sound Processor and the wireless accessories, 90% of the test persons preferred our new Baha 4 Sound Processor over the BP100.
The home test was conducted in Sweden in October-November 2013, consisting of 20 Baha users who tested the sound processor and wireless accessories in their home environment for two weeks.
Some of the comments:
”The best one I’ve had”
”The sound quality and sound fits me perfectly. Louder without feedback.”
”I can listen to music without feedback”
Curious about the Baha 4 Sound Processor? Read more about it here.
Andersson, J, Hedin, A, Flynn, M. Sub 09: Home test II – Baha 4 in daily use. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, Report No 622425, 2013