Abutment or magnetic – which Baha System should I get?

Question: Has anyone gone from abutment to magnetic (or vice versa) and how noticeable was the difference in sound quality?

I am soon to have the Baha 4 Sound Processor fitted for conductive hearing loss and have to choose between the abutment or the magnetic Baha Attract System. I know the Baha Connect System is best for sound quality but I am leaning towards the Baha Attract simply because of the reduced amount of aftercare needed, though I have been told I can change to the other system if I wanted to.

Ideally, I would like to hear from someone who has actual experience, or would like to be given a link for a medical report that describes what users have told them.

Thanks in advance. // Spencer

Answer: Hi Spencer. First of all, congratulations on getting a Baha System!

Published reports* suggest that both the Baha Connect and Baha Attract systems have been rated by users as very high in sound quality. Before surgery you are able to listen to the sound processor on a Baha Softband, which is very similar to how it will actually sound in real life.

Many Baha Attract users report less need for daily care as 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.

Best of luck!

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

* Briggs, R.; Van Hasselt, A.; Luntz, M.; Goycoolea, M.; Wigren, S.; Weber, P.; Smeds, H.; Flynn, M.; Cowan, R. Clinical Performance of a New Magnetic Bone Conduction Hearing Implant System: Results from a Prospective, Multicenter, Clinical Investigation. Otology & Neurotology: January 28, 2015.
** 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.