Following Baha surgery, it is important to maintain the area around abutment to keep it clean and healthy. The best way of cleaning the area is to follow these steps:
First weeks after surgery: Once the dressing is removed, you can carefully wash your hair and use an alcohol-free abutment cleaning wipe to keep the skin clean.
Daily cleaning: A few weeks after surgery, start cleaning the outside of the abutment daily using mild soap and plenty of warm water. An abutment cleaning wipe should be used to remove any hair or debris around the base of the abutment. Once clean, gently dry the area with a clean towel or tissue.
Weekly cleaning: After approximately 12 weeks, start cleaning the inside of the abutment on a weekly basis, using the wipes (or a soft cleaning brush*) to avoid damaging the sound processor.
If you experience redness or soreness:
- Keep the abutment site completely clean using alcohol-free wet wipes
- If using the soft abutment cleaning brush, don’t brush too vigorously as this can irritate the skin
- If the problem persists, apply a mild antibiotic cream/ointment
If inflammation occurs or if the abutment feels loose, contact your hearing care professional. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to get regular check-ups every six months.
If you have a smartphone, make sure you download the Baha Support App so you can troubleshoot at any time.
*Not recommended during the first 12 weeks. If you use a soft cleaning brush, please remember to always rinse it in mild soap and warm water and let it air dry. Change the brush every three months, or if you have had an infection. If you have bilateral implants, use two separate cleaning brushes (one for each abutment), to avoid cross-contamination.