Questions and answers about the Baha Attract System

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The Baha Attract System is a new bone conduction system based on magnetic connection. As it has gained a lot of interest around the world, we get a lot of questions about this new system. Here we try to answer a few. Feel free to leave a comment or use the Ask the experts function above if you have a question we might have missed!

Q: How comfortable is the Baha Attract magnet? Will my skin get thinner after wearing the magnet for a long time?

Baha Attract user JoA: According to users of the Baha Attract System it is comfortable to wear throughout the day. Similar to the Baha Connect System, many users report that they actually forget that it’s there! For some people, the skin between the internal and external magnets may compress slightly. This is perfectly normal and to be expected. Your healthcare professional will select a magnet strength that is correct for you, and the SoftWear Pad can be easily changed when it wears out.

You should alert your healthcare professional if you feel any soreness, especially in the first few weeks after fitting, because as the wound heals you may require a less powerful sound processor magnet.

Q: Will I be able to have an MRI scan after having Baha Attract surgery?

A: Yes, the Baha Attract System is MRI conditional to 1.5T. If you require a more powerful scan (e.g. 3T) or a specific scan of the area around the internal magnet, we recommend that the magnet be temporarily removed in a simple procedure. As reasons for MRI scans vary greatly between people, it is important to discuss this with your healthcare professional when selecting which Baha hearing solution is best for you.

Q: What is the difference in sound quality between the abutment and the magnet?

A: Both the Baha Connect and Baha Attract systems have been rated by users as very high in sound quality. Before surgery you can listen to the sound processor on a Softband which is very similar to how it will actually sound. The exact sound in dB can be measured through a simple test, but it is hard to estimate as it varies greatly from person to person. Many people will experience reduction of the transmission of high pitched sounds of between 5-15dB. However, as answered in a similar question, most people with a hearing loss indicated for a bone conduction implant system won’t notice a difference in sound quality between the Baha Attract and the Baha Connect System. If you over the years should develop a more severe hearing loss, you can then switch to a more powerful sound processor.

Q: I am sensitive to infections. Should I opt for a magnetic bone conduction system rather than one with an abutment?

A: You should definitely consult your health care professional about this option since the Baha Attract System is designed to minimize infections*. Your health care provider should be able to give you advice about which solution is best for you.

Q: I’m hesitant to give my child the Baha Attract System since I’ve heard it falls off easily, is it true?Baha Attract user playing golf

A: We have completed a number of studies** with the Baha Attract System and are happy to report that the SP Magnet has extremely good retention. For example, it is designed to firmly remain on when running, going up and down stairs or during exercise routines, specifically for children. Here you can see a video with Marathon runner Ayelet who has no trouble getting her sound processor to stay on while she runs.

A recent study*** of 50 children reported good retention as well as excellent hearing outcomes in terms of performance, sound quality and loudness.

We have several different users who provide good insights, for example Jo and Tim from Australia, pictured here. We always recommend, however, to use the safety line so the Baha sound processor is attached to the collar or similar.

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

Read more about the Baha Attract System here.

 

* 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. 13th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Auditory Technologies, Munich, 18-21 June 2014.
** Flynn MC. Cochlear Baha Attract System: Summary of clinical results and benefits. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, E83112, 2014.
*** Flynn MC. Cochlear Baha Attract System: design concept and technological considerations for the Cochlear Baha 4 Attract System. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, E82744, 2014.

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