Question: Hello there!! I have had bone conduction hearing aids since the age of 2 (1981). In 2008 I had the Divino placed on my left side. It worked extremely well. I decided to only have one side put in at first to see how it would work. I decided not to do the other side. A few months ago my Divino was starting to act up and I took it in to a local audiologist to have them look at it to see what the repair costs would be. Unfortunately they said that Cochlear was not fixing these anymore. I looked it up and they stopped fixing them in 2012. I am currently in the process of upgrading to the Baha 4 Sound Processor. I am amazed at how much technology has changed in the Baha. My questions are as follows:
1) Will the abutment that I currently have with the Divino work with the Baha 4?
2) Do I need to have another surgery to have the correct abutment put in or is this done in office?
3) Will I get the same quality of hearing if not better with the abutment I currently have?
4) I’ve seen that I get one free wireless accessory and want to get the Phone Clip, but what other accessories do you think I should get?
I am glad I found this blog – it has been informational. Thank you for your time!
Jeff Keller, Divino user since 2008
Answer: Hi Jeff! Thank you for your questions. I am glad that you have received such benefit from your sound processor. Yes, the technology has changed, and certainly studies have shown you should receive a large benefit from the Baha 4 Sound Processor!
The Baha 4 Sound Processor and wireless phone clip
Enabling people to upgrade their sound processor as technology improves is very important for us at Cochlear. All Baha sound processors use the same ‘snap coupling’ so there is no need to change the abutment. The snap coupling is a very efficient mechanism of sound transfer from the sound processor to the implant. You won’t gain any hearing performance by changing the abutment.
In the past few years we have increased the amount by which the sound processor is configured individually. You will benefit from the improved hearing performance of the latest technology, which is specifically fitted by the hearing care professional for your hearing loss.
With the Baha 4 Sound Processor you will have access to four wireless accessories. The Phone Clip is a popular choice as it can easily work like a Bluetooth headset for your telephone. It also allows you to change the program and volume so it doubles up as a remote control. Many people, especially parents, see great advantages with the Mini Microphone as it improves speech understanding in noise, for example a restaurant or classroom.
~ Mark C. Flynn, PhD Audiologist, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions