For how long can Baha Attract users wear their sound processor magnets?

Here’s a question from our Twitter feed! We are seeing more and more of the conversation taking place in social media, both between Baha users, parents and direct questions to us at Cochlear.

You can connect with your local Cochlear office in several social media channels, and of course follow the Baha Blog on Twitter. Hope to see you there! We strive to answer all your questions, but if you have specific product or medical questions, please contact your healthcare professional directly.

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Question: Is there any research to show how long Baha Attract users are wearing the aids, and whether they need breaks to relieve the pressure?

Answer: Yes! I have just been going through the results of the global multicentre study* of the Baha Attract System. One of the key questions we asked was how long Baha Attract users wore their devices. I’m happy to say that all patients in the study wore the device continuously through the whole day, and there were very few issues with pressure. As the healing settled, a few patients switched to a less powerful sound processor magnet. This is expected, and we have seen similar pattern over the past 30 years with Cochlear Implants.

The key factor in the successful wearing of the Baha Attract System is the SoftWear™ Pad. The unique material distributes the pressure evenly so the SP Magnet becomes more comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Always consult your health care professional if you experience any soreness.

Mark C. Flynn, PhD Audiologist, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions

Baha Attract user Ange

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* Smeds, H., Van Hasselt, A., Luntz, M., Goycoolea, M. Flynn, M., Wigren, S., Weber, P., Plant, K., Knight, M., Cowan, R., & Briggs, R. Clinical outcomes from an international multi-center clinical investigation of a new magnetic bone conduction implant system. Paper presented at The 13th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Auditory Technologies, Munich (Germany), June 18–21, 2014.

2 thoughts on “For how long can Baha Attract users wear their sound processor magnets?

  1. Dear Dr. Flynn:

    Does the Attract external magnet become weaker over time and need to be replaced?

    I have been using a #6 magnet with my Baha 5 Power over the past year, and it does not seem to stick as firmly as when it was new.

    Thank you,

    Richard Downey

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    • Hi Richard,
      The magnet should not degrade over its normal lifetime, however certain factors (swelling of the skin, for example) may contribute to adding distance between the magnets, which can decrease performance. You can try to remove the SoftWear Pad to decrease the distance between the magnets. If that is not comfortable for you or you require a more specific solution, it’s best to talk to your hearing care professional and/or a Cochlear service representative. Find your local representative here: http://www.cochlear.com/wps/wcm/connect/corporate/contact-customer-service

      Warm regards,
      Rebecca

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