Can you use an FM System with the Baha 5 Sound Processor?

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QuestionHi, I have heard that you can’t use an FM System with the Baha 5 Sound Processor, is this true? // Jane

Answer: Dear Jane,

Of course you are able to use FM and other Assistive Listening Devices (ALD), for example in classrooms, together with the Baha 5 Sound Processor.

To access FM/ALD systems you use the Cochlear Wireless Mini Microphone and connect it via a 3.5 mm audio cable to the FM/ALD receiver. This will allow you to stream the FM signal wirelessly to the sound processor. The FM/ALD receiver and Mini Microphone can be placed anywhere within range of your sound processor.

Should you or your hearing care professional need more information about this we have a quick guide that explains how to connect the system.

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

Smart tip: Add location

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Did you know that you can set your Baha 5 Sound Processor to automatically change programs to match different locations?

The Baha 5 Smart App allows you to link a program to a specific location.

Activate the program (or Program+) and press the Personalise button. When choosing Add location, a map view is presented and a pin dropped on your current location. Name the location and click save. You can also pan or pinch-to-zoom the map to set the pin a different location and then press save.

To remove a location, simply swipe the name to the left and press the trash icon. A list of locations are also presented under Manage Locations on the Assist screen.

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I am a candidate for Baha – but will it help my hearing?

QuestionI have been told I am a great candidate for Baha. I have mainly only 40% of my hearing left in my left ear due to an AN with near normal in my right ear. I need some advice and opinions.

Have you found that the Baha has helped your hearing? Does it help your hearing in loud crowded places like a restaurant? Do you think the whole experience has been worth it?

I ask these questions because I am not sure if the device will meet my goals. My frustration in hearing has to do with not being able to hear my family and friends at the table in a restaurant. Based on a few things I have read I am not sure the device will help this any and since I will have to pay 20% of all of my costs (device, surgery, etc.) plus a $1000 deductible I am not sure if it is worth it. //Brian

Answer: Dear Brian,

Baha users usually report good outcomes when wearing the Baha System in the situations that you outline – in fact these are exactly the situations that people with hearing loss in one ear experience most difficulties, so you are not alone.

To make sure that you can benefit from the Baha System, we recommend that you contact your hearing care professional to schedule a listening test and evaluate the Baha System before surgery. One of the benefits of the Baha system is that you can actually try it before you decide.

If you are already in contact with a clinic or hearing care professional we would advice you to request a demonstration. You can find a hearing care professional close to you through the Find a clinic link on our web page.

We wish you all the best! / The Cochlear team

Smart tip: change program and activate wireless accessories

SmartTipLeftThe Baha 5 Sound Processor is compatible with all Cochlear Wireless Accessories.

And with the Baha 5 Smart App it’s easier than ever to discreetly change programs and activate wireless streaming. No fiddling around on your head – just use your iPhone.

Swipe right and you will see the Program screen with all default programs, all personalised Program+ and all paired Wireless Accessories. To change program or activate a wireless accessory, simply tap the icon. The active program/accessory will be highlighted and you will hear a confirmation beep or ripple sound in your sound processor.

Click here to download the Smart App.

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Please see www.cochlear.com for full compatibility requirements

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Smart tip: personalise your Baha 5 Sound Processor

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Even though your Baha 5 Sound Processor is smart enough to adapt to your surroundings, there might still be situations where you wish to fine tune the settings yourself. This is what the Baha 5 Smart App is for!

Select the program you wish to fine tune, press the Personalise button at the bottom of the screen and you’ll be able to adjust treble and bass.

To store these adjustments for future use, add a name and tap Save. Your own personalised Program+ will now appear on your program screen and you can tap the icon whenever you wish to activate it.

To adjust the settings of a Program+, simply activate it, press Personalise and make your treble & bass adjustments.

Keep in mind that changes are never made to the default programs that were fitted by your audiologist and that the changes can’t be seen by the audiologist unless you show them in your app.

A good suggestion is to show your Smart App to your audiologist at your next follow-up so they can see the changes you have made. This can be useful when discussing any permanent adjustments to your default programs.

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Baha scholarship winner Madeline completed her internship at Cochlear

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Madeline Betterly is a 20-year old university student from Michigan, USA. She was born with microtia on her right side, which means her inner cochlea is working fine but she has no functioning external ear.

Madeline lives in Detroit where she studies biomedical engineering. She is also a Baha user. She was fitted with a Baha sound processor in 2008 and says it has really helped a lot, both in social situations and academically.

Three years ago she won the Cochlear Tjellström Scholarship Award which helps pay for her education. And right now she is doing her internship at Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions in Gothenburg, Sweden!

“I really wanted to come here,” says Madeline. “I wanted to go for years but it wasn’t until now that it worked with everyone’s schedules.”

In her Cochlear internship, she’s had the opportunity to complete tests on the Baha 5 Sound Processor in different fields of the development and design process. The internship helped her experience how studies are applied in a real-world situation.

“I was able to witness how different departments are able to work together to form a company and new products, which is really impressive,” says Madeline.

And – what did she think about Sweden?

“I like Gothenburg. I like walking around by myself. I like the historical buildings and statues and the cobblestones. Everything in Europe is generally much older than in the US, but still nicely combined with modern transport systems.”

 madeline-tjellstrom-scholarship-bahaMadeline with Dr Anders Tjellström at the Cochlear Celebration in San Diego 2013

Do YOU know anyone who you think should apply for a scholarship? Applications are now open for the US Graeme Clark and Anders Tjellström scholarships. Read more here!

Battery tip for Baha sound processors

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Comment: Battery tip, if you wait for 5 minutes after pulling of the sticker of the battery before installing the battery in the Baha, the battery last 2 days longer. It has to do with activating all the chemical in the battery. Good luck Danny

Answer: Hi Danny. The typical battery for hearing aids and sound processors is based on the addition of oxygen to start the chemical reaction process. To obtain best results, you should allow around a minute between the removal of the small sticker and turning on the sound processor. For most people, by the time you have removed the sticker, placed the battery in the sound processor, returned the battery drawer and placed the sound processor on your head, this will take more than a minute.

One additional thing to remember is once you remove the sticker, the chemical reaction starts. So please do not remove the stickers to make it easier later on, as you may find the battery to be flat! The length of time a battery lasts depends on a number of factors such as how often you use the sound processor, how large your hearing loss is and how much you use streaming technology (e.g. the wireless Mini Mic).

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

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