Can the Baha 4 Sound Processor be damaged by exposure to loud noises?

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Question: Can the Baha 4 Sound Processor be damaged by exposure to loud noises, like a concert?

Answer: Thank you for the question.

The electronics of the Baha 4 Sound Processor are designed to take sound levels that would be consistent with those experienced at music concerts, football games, halls etc. So the technology itself won’t be damaged by loud noise. The maximum output is also limited so that the sound processor would not be able to generate sounds that would cause risk to your hearing.

That said, the actual level of the music may be so loud that it could put you at risk for noise induced hearing loss or tinnitus. In loud and noisy environments such as listening to music in a hall, many people actually take the sound processor off in these situations as it is sufficiently loud already without further amplification.

One word of caution, please take care in loud noisy listening situations and we recommend the use of hearing protection in any situation above 85 dB. Once your hearing is lost due to noise exposure it is lost forever and even if you have a hearing loss that does not protect you from a further loss of hearing sensitivity.

Take care!

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

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