How to pair your wireless Phone Clip with the Baha 4 Sound Processor

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Here’s a simple guide to pairing your Phone Clip with your Baha 4 Sound Processor:

  1. Turn off the Baha 4 Sound Processor
  2. Ensure the Phone Clip is fully charged and turn it on, remove the silver cap and press the white pairing button using the tip of a pen or similar object. The Phone Clip will now be in pairing mode for 20 seconds.
  3. Turn on the Baha 4 Sound Processor

Successful pairing will be indicated by an audible melody in the sound processor.

To connect with your smartphone:

  1. Turn on the Bluetooth function on the smartphone
  2. Turn on the Phone Clip
  3. Press the Bluetooth pairing button on the Phone Clip
  4. Search new devices and select “Hearing Aid Phone” on your phone

You can also check out all manuals and instructional how-to videos on our international website.

 

Anders Tjellström UK Scholarship Deadline Extended until 10 January 2015

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Could you apply for a £6,000 education scholarship?

Cochlear UK invites Baha System Implant recipients to apply for the prestigious Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award.

The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to the Cochlear ideals of leadership and humanity. (One prize winner).

The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to the Cochlear ideals of leadership and humanity and is open to UK Cochlear Baha implant recipients who are:

  • currently completing their final year of school or sixth form college and who have been accepted onto a university or other tertiary education course;
  • mature students who have been accepted onto a university or other tertiary education course;
  • students currently undertaking a university degree or other tertiary education;
  • studying for a minimum of 2 years.

Please note: The applicant must be a UK resident and implanted at a UK implant centre.

Cochlear is proud to support academic excellence and take pride in opening up the world of sound to our recipients and seeing how they use the capabilities of their Baha to help attain major milestones on their journey to academic and personal success.

Baha inventor Dr Anders Tjellström says:

“The sponsorship is a wonderful opportunity to help Baha recipients by supporting them financially when they continue their education. It also highlights how lives are enhanced through access to Cochlear implantable hearing solution technology, with the help of health care professionals.”

Deadline for applications is 10th January 2015. The winner will be announced in April 2015!

If you are eligible – don’t hesitate. Fill out the application now!

Baha abutment and MRI

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Question: Dear Expert. I had a Baha implanted about six years ago after undergoing a surgery for the removal of a hemangioma in the geniculate ganglion. As a result, I lost the hearing in my left ear (the side of the tumor) .

For a general check up I was sent for an MRI, however the technicians have no idea whether this implant interferes with the magnetic resonance… I would like to emphasize that mine is not a cochlear implant but a bone conduction hearing aid. //Leah

Answer: Dear Leah,

MRI and medical implants are important issues.

For the Baha Connect System, the system you have, as long as the sound processor is removed you can be scanned by MRI without any additional risk. There will be some slight shadow effects caused by the implant and the abutment.

For the Baha Attract System, as there is an implanted magnet, the system is conditionally approved to 1.5T and there will be a larger area of shadow. For any additional strength or to reduce the area of shadow and artefacts then the magnet can be temporarily removed in a straightforward procedure.

The technician will be able to find additional information in the Baha MRI card that came with your system. If you do not have the card then you can obtain one from the hospital or clinical that is responsible for your hearing health care.

Regards,

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

Can I use the Baha 4 Sound Processor with the old abutment?

Question: Yesterday I had a surgery for my second Baha implant. I know that the second Baha sound processor will be the 4th generation model (Baha 4), at least that’s what my audiologist said. Unfortunately they haven’t told me which abutment I would be getting.

I was wondering, IF they placed the older BIA300 abutment instead of the Dermalock, is it still compatible with the Baha 4 System?

It’s not that I can’t go for a Baha 3, but my audiologist promised me it would be the Baha 4, because I asked for that. Next Tuesday I have an appointment with my ear specialist (who also did the surgery), then I will ask him about it. But in case of ‘an emergency’ I’m still looking forward to your answer on my question.

Thanks in advance. //Tom

Answer: Hi Tom!

Congratulations on your second Baha device. You should expect a number of considerable advantages from having two Baha sound processors. 

The BI300 implant can come with two abutments designs, either the BIA300 series or the Dermalock series, depending on the selection of your surgeon. The good news is that the Baha 4 Sound  Processor will connect to both abutments.  So yes, regardless of the abutment choice of the surgeon, the Baha 4 Sound Processor is compatible with either one.

In fact, all our sound processors use the same “snap” connector which will fit on all Cochlear abutments since the “snap” connection was introduced some 20 years ago. Ensuring that our past, current and future patients can beneft from advances in sound processor development is very important to us. So as we continue to develop technology in the future you will be able to benefit from those advances.

Please let us know how you do with the Baha 4 Sound Processor, we are very proud of the improved hearing performance and also access to wireless technologies that are enabled with that platform.

Kind regards,

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

 

Mafalda, 18, endured years of bullying – until a Baha solution helped her hearing loss

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Mafalda is an 18-year old student from Viseu, Portugal. From the outside she’s happy and carefree, doing “typical” teenage things like shopping and hanging out with friends. But her road there has not always been easy.

She was born completely deaf on her left side, and with some hearing loss in her right ear. All through her childhood she had to rely on lip reading and passing written notes to get by. Her mother was the only person she really learnt to understand.

As her hearing loss gradually became worse, Mafalda had to give up one hobby after another, as lip reading became too difficult and she couldn’t communicate. She wasn’t able to listen to music or use her mobile phone. Even interacting with family members was exhausting. Her mother had to explain every word her siblings were saying.

“When I started school, my teacher told everyone I had a hearing problem – and the whole class made fun of me,” says Mafalda. “It was horrible, nothing I ever want to experience again.”

Young Mafalda endured years of bullying. Since she couldn’t take part in or keep up with group conversations, she felt socially out of place, and couldn’t concentrate in the classroom. Both her social life and her grades were slipping.

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Finally,  in 2008, at 12 years of age, she received a Baha bone conduction hearing implant on her right side. At first Mafalda wasn’t really open to the idea.

“I didn’t want any hearing implant – even though I couldn’t hear. I was afraid of what people would say. Now, I regret I ever said that because I realise how much I was missing out on.”

The new hearing system took some time getting used to. At first, in school, Mafalda asked if she could move to the back row because she found the teacher’s voice so loud. But gradually she got used all the new sounds, she started hearing her classmates and started making friends.

“We saw a big change in Mafalda, like night and day,” says her mother, Conceição. “She’s like a completely different person now. She understands what goes on in the classroom and her development has absolutely skyrocketed.”

Mafalda and her mother

Mafalda is now able to go out in groups of friends and take part in conversations with several people at the same time. She has also started to appreciate music for the first time – her favourite singer is Beyoncé. But the biggest change is the sense of freedom – to go out alone, and know that she can hear traffic or someone calling her name. Previously, she never walked anywhere by herself.

“I feel more secure now that I know she’ll be able to hear a car. You fear for your children, you know?” says Conceição.

Mafalda concludes:

“It’s been a crazy but rewarding experience that changed my life. I’ve had an excellent experience with the Baha system and would recommend it to anyone in my situation. Without a doubt.”

 

Do YOU or anyone you know suffer from hearing loss? The first step is to see a hearing care professional. Click here to find a clinic in your area.

Spanish Baha Friends

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Our Baha family grows all the time and new initiatives come with it. In August, Cochlear Americas premiered their new blog for Baha and cochlear implant recipients – The Wire.

And recently our distributor in Spain – Suministros Hospitalarios SA – launched Baha Friendsa Spanish site for Baha recipients, candidates and professionals. The main idea of Baha Friends is to give practical information about the Baha solution, tips and tricks and above all, create a community for all Baha interested people in Spanish.

So, if you have interest in Baha and you speak Spanish – check it out!

Ask the expert: Can the Baha solution help my tinnitus?

Question: Is the Baha bone conduction implant recommended for a patient with “ear noise” and diagnosis of hearing loss? Also, does it help the “noise” go away? //Sharon

Answer: Dear Sharon. Thank you for your mail.

Both the Baha Connect and the Baha Attract Systems are suitable for people who have a deafness in one ear and normal hearing in the other ear. The Baha systems will help you to hear sound from the poor hearing side. Sound that is normally in the “shadow” will now be amplified to the normal hearing side via bone conduction. In addition to improved audibility, this will also lead to two key benefits; better understanding of speech in noise – especially when the speaker is on the poor hearing side – and awareness of sound from the poor side¹.

That said, bone conduction hearing implants are a solution for audibility and unfortunately not for relief of noises in the poor ear, or tinnitus. Generally speaking, you should expect no change to your tinnitus as the signal is being transferred to the good ear. Your hearing care professional will take tinnitus into account in the candidacy evaluations to ensure that it is managed correctly.

Best of luck!

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

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1. Flynn, M. C., Sammeth, C., Cire, G. Sadeghi, A. & Halvarsson, G. (2010). Baha for single-sided sensorineural deafness: Review and recent technological innovations. Seminars in Hearing, 31(4), 326-341.