Jo explains why she chose the Baha Attract System

Jo, Baha Attract user, Australia

Jo, Baha Attract user, Australia

“It ticks all my boxes. You don’t really notice it, it’s low maintenance, it’s just easy. I turn it on, pop it on and I’m ready to go!”

Jo Gardner, Melbourne, Australia is a healthy, outdoorsy sort of person who describes herself as “extremely low maintenance”. This was one of the key factors in her decision to get a bone conduction hearing device – it had to suit her active lifestyle and require a minimum of daily cleaning and maintenance. When her hearing care professional suggested that she try the new magnetic system, Baha Attract, she instantly felt it would be right for her.

In this clip, Jo explains what it’s like to be able to hear again and why she chose the Baha Attract System:

Jo, with and without her Baha Sound Processor and magnet

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Guest blog: Prof. Stokroos from Maastricht shares his experiences with the DermaLock technology

Prof. Dr. R.J. Stokroos, Otolaryngologist

Prof. Dr. R.J. Stokroos, Otolaryngologist

It is with great pleasure we introduce our first guest blogger of the Baha Blog, Professor Robert Stokroos from Maastricht University Medical Center, the Netherlands. For over 20 years he has been leading research efforts in the field of bone conduction. He is currently leading a pan European evaluation of the improvements provided by the DermaLock technology. In this post Prof. Stokroos presents his team’s experience:

“Percutaneous bone anchored hearing devices have changed hearing possibilities for many patients over the years. Since 1992 as a junior doctor, I was involved in this treatment when Baha surgery was still considered very special.

Since then, things have changed a lot. The Baha has become part of our daily clinical practice. As our clinical experience in Maastricht grew, the downside of having a percutaneous implant became apparent.

From our earlier studies we conclude that, as far as Baha surgey is concerned, less is more.

In other words, when working with the old generation of implants the less skin we reduced, the less scar tissue and the better the patient outcome. This was contradictory to what we previously had learned from our seniors, who taught us the importance of skin reduction and having immobile skin around the abutment. In fact, if there was a problem, we blamed ourselves for not thinning the skin sufficiently.

With the introduction of the new DermaLock technology, we feel skin reduction is now unnecessary. The abutment coating prevents the skin from growing down around the implant, thereby naturally keeping it in place.

The clinical impression has been extremely promising. The new technique in combination with the DermaLock has quickly gained wide global acceptance.

Our job as academics is to confirm all these great developments. A pan European effort has been assembled with centers from France, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands to compare outcomes when using the traditional surgical technique to the latest surgical technique with the DermaLock Abutment.

Our clinical impression is that this is a major step in improving patient outcomes. Soon we will start analysing results. I’ll keep you posted!”

~ Prof. Dr. R.J. Stokroos

Do you have a question for Prof. Stokroos? Let us know in the comments section!

Baha user Lee shares his experience with the new Baha 4 Sound Processor and wireless accessories

Lee, Baha user, UK

Lee, Baha user, UK

Baha user Lee, from Newcastle, UK, was one of the first people to trial the new Baha 4 Sound Processor and wireless products. We met with Lee in October 2013 where he shared his experiences with us. Lee, who is a college teacher in electrical engineering, especially enjoys the wireless phone clip accessory.

“This phone clip right here, I can’t live without it now!” exclaims Lee proudly and points to the small device he has firmly attached to his tie. “It’s absolutely brilliant that you can get any sound you want from the phone. For example, in lessons I get notifications if I get an email or text and no one else can hear it, so it doesn’t interfere with the class.”

Lee, who has been a bilateral Baha user for 10 years, also noted vast improvements in the sound processors concerning both feedback and wind.

“The Baha 4 Sound Processors exceeded my expectations! The outdoor use is better because it turns down the wind volume. You can still hear the wind is there, but it’s massively reduced. It’s much improved.”

Watch Lee share his experience in the video below or on YouTube!

Do you have a question for Lee? Let us know in the comments section!

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First Baha Attract patient in the UK

Attract user Zoe Holmes

Attract user Zoe Holmes

Happy New Year!

Over the holidays, Zoe Holmes in Sheffield became the first patient in the UK to be fitted with the Baha Attract – the world’s first magnetic Baha System. The treatment gained attention from BBC:

Royal Hallamshire Hospital patient Zoe Holmes, the first person in the country to be offered the new hearing aid, said being able to hear from both sides after so long was “emotional”.

The magnet on the hearing aid attaches to another that is surgically implanted under the scalp behind the ear.

The device conducts sound vibrations through the bone directly to the inner ear.

Ear, nose and throat consultant Mr Jaydip Ray said: “The patient’s involvement in the aftercare is minimal or nil.”

Read more and watch Zoe’s amazing reaction in the video on BBC News!