Can you spot the Baha 5 Sound Processor?

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A Baha 5 user in the USA sent us this funny photo of her sound processor together with some winegums.

The small Baha 5 Sound Processor – just 26 mm long and 11 mm thick – could easily be mistaken for a piece of candy*.

What do YOU think your Baha 5 resembles? Send us your best picture and we’ll feature it on the blog!

* Please make sure you do know the difference – the sound processor is NOT for eating!

Deciding between the Baha Connect and the Baha Attract System

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The fantastic thing about hearing is that it’s one sense that can actually be restored. Not complete, 100% perfect hearing – but almost.

Still, a majority of hearing impaired people don’t get help. Why?

Well, there are a number of reasons, but one that stands out the most is vanity, or concerns about the way it looks. People don’t want something on their head, even though it makes them hear. There is still a stigma connected to hearing loss.

Luckily, both people’s perceptions and technologies are going forward. Today’s bone conduction solutions are smaller and more hi-tech than ever. And with the magnetic Baha Attract System, nothing even breaks the skin, which makes it an appealing option for those who don’t like the idea of an abutment.

Here is a blog written by a 28 year-old woman with hearing loss, who has come to the realization that:

“Suddenly, I was facing the reality that I was going to be the girl with the hearing aid. And you know what? I’m ok with it. For me, it’s better than being the girl who can’t hear.”

Currently the writer is deciding between the Baha Connect and the Baha Attract System, and lists the pros and cons* from her point of view. The content is written by her and represents her own journey.

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Read also: British actor Billy Coughlin had his hearing restored with the Baha Attract System

Do YOU have any questions regarding the difference between the two systems? Let us know in the Ask the expert-section. (For personal guidance, always discuss with your health care professional what the best option is for you.)

* According to Cochlear recommendations, the fitting time after Baha Attract surgery is 4 weeks.

Bone Conduction Information Day for Families

On Saturday, June 6, The Ear Foundation arranges an information day in Nottingham, UK.

It’s a great opportunity for parents, young people, adults and their families who may be considering a bone conduction hearing solution, to hear from professionals and to share thoughts with others.

The event is open from 10 am – 4 pm and costs £10 per person.

In the morning we look at the assessment and surgical issue and hear from manufacturers. In the afternoon the group splits up into parents and adults to look at rehabilitation and to hear from other parents of young children, young people  and adults who have already had their implants.

Interested? Read more here!

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What side should my Baha Attract System be on if I am deaf in one ear?

QuestionI am 30 yrs old and I have single sided deafness. I wear a bone anchor hearing aid. Both my ears are closed, and the speaker of my bone anchored hearing aid is on my left side. Using the Baha 4 Attract System, does it matter what side it is on? //Martin

Answer: Hi,

The Baha Attract System is clinically proven to help people with your type of hearing problems. However, since no two hearing losses are exactly the same it’s difficult to give advice without meeting you in person. Therefore, we recommend that you contact your hearing care professional to receive a clinical evaluation and decide on the product configuration and implant location that best match your specific needs.

~ Fredrik Breitholtz, Head of Training and Clinical Communication, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions

Comparing the Baha 5 Sound Processor to the BP110 Power

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Question: Hi, I’m the  mother of a 48 year old with Down Syndrome with moderate to severe hearing loss. Processor is set to the highest setting. I have two questions:

  1. Does the Baha 5 increase VOLUME compared to the BP110 Power?
  2. Does the Baha 5 increase CLARITY compared to the BP110 Power?

//Thank you, Sarah Busk

Answer: Hi Sarah, thanks for your questions. In short:

  1. The Baha 5 Sound Processor was designed to replace the Baha 4 Sound Processor in terms of power output. Thus it was not designed to be as powerful as the BP110 Power.
  2. The Baha 5 Sound Processor features a more advanced signal processing platform (named Ardium Smart) and is therefore designed to provide better sound clarity. Also, it wirelessly streams audio from sources like the MiniMic, TV Streamer and iPhone which further increases sound clarity in challenging situations.The Baha 5 Sound Processor may not be sufficiently powerful for your son/daughter. To find out more, we recommend that you contact your hearing care professional to determine if this solution can help and possibly trial the Baha 5 Sound Processor in a listening demo.

~ Fredrik Breitholtz, Head of Training and Clinical Communication, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions

 

Baha user Nancy: With the Baha System I can even enjoy the wind!

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Nancy Von Eilbergh has had hearing loss in both ears all her life. She struggled for 50 years until she finally got the help she needed. Here she tells us about her journey.

“My name is Nancy. I am a wife, mother and nurse. When I was seven years old, it was discovered I had cholesteatomas in both ears. They were benign, slow but aggressively attacking tumours, destroying the bones in my inner ear that allow us to hear.

My hearing loss treatment started with hearing aids, which seemed to amplify everything behind me more than in front of me. Socially it was difficult because I would constantly misunderstand people. In school, the teachers would forget about my hearing loss and have their backs to me, talking to the chalk board so I was not able to lip read.

Hearing aids weren’t enough

I continued to wear hearing aids throughout high school. Then one day my dog ate my hearing aids (yes, really!), and I decided to go without them for a while. I went on to nursing school and was able to get through it with a specialised stethoscope and start my nursing profession.

I managed alright until my early 30’s. Then I went back to hearing aids until about two or three years ago.  They were not working adequately; the mould would not sit properly in my left ear canal, and the right aid was not amplified enough. Originally I was told I was not a candidate for bone conduction hearing implants. This devastated me.  I was at the point of considering retiring from my job as Nurse Manager because my hearing didn’t work effectively.

Tested bone conduction before surgery

Then I saw an ENT physician who said I may be an ideal candidate for the Baha System after all.  I got an evaluation, and a Cochlear representative came out for my test.  I threatened to run away with the test rod – I was so amazed and excited by what I could hear!  I told my physician to sign me up yesterday.

I spoke in length with the representative, my physician and my husband. I wasn’t concerned about pain. I was a little anxious about anaesthesia but felt very comfortable with all the answers I received. I trusted the doctor and the product.  Overall, it was an easy decision because I figured at this point my hearing levels couldn’t go anywhere but up.

I looked at one or two other bone conduction products, mostly from a repair standpoint.  My hearing aids were always getting repaired.  I had a tight relationship with my hearing aid manufacturer because they were local, and I could bring my aids in for repair the same day.  I was concerned about shipping out my sound processor if repairs were needed.  I researched Cochlear’s history, how long Cochlear has been involved in hearing solutions, and hands down it was the best choice for me.

In February, I was implanted on my left side, and in April on my right side.  When I received my Baha sound processors, it was almost surreal. The Cochlear representative asked what music I wanted to hear first, and I told her I wanted Cat Stevens. When she played it, my face broke into a grin; I was off in my own world.  It was like my favourite music was being played by the philharmonic, and it was just me and the music.  I would have been happy if everyone just left for a moment.

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Wireless accessories

Then we started programming the sound processor and the wireless accessories.  My son took the Mini Microphone and walked down the hall, and I could hear him say “Hi mom” with the physician in the room talking.  It is still such a great memory. Now I also use the Phone Clip which works very well for me.  It delivers people’s voices directly to my sound processor, bypassing surrounding noise and allows me to hear phone conversations clearly.  It’s a godsend, especially when I am on-call for work.

Getting the Baha System has been nothing short of a miracle!  I have never heard this well before. I have a new lease on life.  My brain had to adjust a bit – what not to listen to, what to listen to – but it’s been fairly easy for me.

Hearing improvement

My family has definitely noticed an improvement in my hearing.  My husband even jokingly tells me he wants me to take it off because I can hear when he mumbles.  My family can talk to me without yelling.  I don’t have to ask my son to repeat himself; I pick up 99% of what he says.  At work, I can definitely tell the difference.  I can be in next room and carry on conversations instead of being in the same room and missing it all – it’s phenomenal!  Even today, I stopped and noticed the sound of my shoes on the carpet.

I have been able to successfully continue my job as a Nurse Manager. People can’t believe I use hearing devices.  They’re less obvious than my hearing aids because my hair hides them, and I hear better now so people don’t need to repeat themselves. That’s amazing to me!

baha5-colors-copperNancy with the Baha 5 Sound processor in copper

I love kayaking, although I typically don’t wear my sound processors while I do it. I do use them up to the point of going in the boat because I love to hear it gliding into the water. I love to be outside and walk, hearing the sound of the rustling of trees. Those are things I missed tremendously. The sound of rain on the car is just something you take for granted. And when it comes back, it’s amazing.

With my old hearing aids, the sound of the wind felt like I was on the wing of a Boeing 747.  With my Baha sound processors, I can actually enjoy the wind. I’m social, I love talking with people.  I have a good sense of humor, and now I don’t have the miscommunication that I experienced prior to the surgery.

For people who ask what it is, I tell them my Baha System is an incredibly cool piece of technology. I explain how it works and show them what it looks like.  I have also chatted with a few people on Facebook, mostly with parents of young kids.  To me, that’s the most fabulous thing in the whole world, to consider how to improve your child’s hearing.  I think to myself how much easier life is when you can hear, and it blows me away.

Choosing Cochlear has been a great decision.  The Cochlear representative was wonderful both pre-op and post-op.  She was and still is incredibly helpful.  The online support has been wonderful, my orders have always arrived very quickly.  I’ve just had very positive experiences with Cochlear.”

 

Watch Nancy’s Baha story here

 

Outcomes may vary. Results from case studies are not predictive of results in other cases.

 

Which is Cochlear’s most powerful sound processor?

QuestionI have had my Baha Intenso since February 2009. My hearing has deteriorated since then, therefore I have set it to max which causes it to whistle. Do you have a more powerful model to replace mine? //Brenda

Answer: Hi Brenda. Cochlear does offer a body worn sound processor that provides more audibility than the Intenso, it’s called the Baha Cordelle II. It is currently the most powerful sound processor in our portfolio.

Please discuss with your health care professional if you are eligible for an upgrade.

~ Fredrik Breitholtz, Head of Training and Clinical Communication, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions