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