What shampoo can I use after Baha surgery?

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Question: Hello, I’m having my Baha surgery on Monday and was just wondering how soon after I can wash my hair, and if there is any special shampoo that you recommend? Thanks! //Kelly

Answer: Hi Kelly,

Thanks for your question. According to Dr Pete Weber, you can shower the day after the surgery, just don’t rub the area but gently press it. He recommends a hypoallergenic shampoo, such as baby shampoos.

Once the dressing is removed, you should carefully wash your hair and use an alcohol-free abutment cleaning wipe to keep the skin clean for daily maintenance.

Always consult with your health care professional on what steps you should take after the procedure.

Best of luck!

~ Jay Patterson, Product Manager, Implant & Surgery, Baha & Vistafix

 

A time to be thankful

This time of year is a great opportunity to reflect on what you are thankful for. For us here at Cochlear it’s incredibly rewarding to see how our products impact people’s lives. Today approximately 150-200 new people who couldn’t hear yesterday will be able to hear, thanks to the amazing technologies behind the Baha solution and cochlear implants.

For many of those people, the gift of sound is something they are very thankful for. But also to be part of the Cochlear family, around the world, sharing a special bond. Watch the video above to see some of our users across the globe.

If you or a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, the best thing you can do is to get help right away. Click here to find a hearing care professional in your area.

 

I am deaf in one ear, can the Baha System help me?

QuestionI am 59 years old and been deaf in my left ear all my life (the nerve is dead say the experts). Could this new device do anything for me? // Terry

Answer: Dear Terry,

The Baha System is a good solution for single sided deafness (SSD), in fact it’s one of the most common reasons to get a Baha System. Using bone conduction the system will send the sound as vibrations through the skull and transfer them from the poor side to the good hearing side, to give 360 degree sound awareness. The fact that your nerve is dead does not matter.

As long as you have normal hearing in your good ear, a Baha System should provide benefit. Another good thing is that you can test the Baha System and the benefit you get before you go ahead with the surgery!

Always consult a hearing healthcare specialist who can recommend what hearing solution is best for you.

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

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Read more: How bone conduction works

Will the Baha 5 Sound Processor be beneficial to me?

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QuestionI had the BP100 and after two years it stopped working. I wasn’t that happy with it because I thought I would be able to hear better. What has the feedback been on the new Baha 5 Sound Processor?  I am trying to justify the cost. Also does the magnet work good as I also have a lot of irritation around my abutment.   Thank you. // Kristi

Answer: Dear Kristi,

Sorry to hear that the BP100 Sound Processor has not lived up to your expectations.

Since the launch, the Baha 5 Sound Processor has proven very successful indeed. The small size, sound quality and wireless audio streaming directly to and from a range of accessories and from your iPhone, have all been very appreciated by people upgrading from the BP100. There are numerous testimonials available from patients, such as this one, on the benefits they have perceived with this new sound processor, and we would absolutely recommend that you evaluate how it works for you.

Regarding the Baha Attract System, results have been good and patients that use it are very satisfied, especially with the skin cosmetics outcomes, however, you will need to let your hearing care professional evaluate if your hearing loss is suitable for this system.

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

 

Cochlear donates Baha Softbands to people in need in Indonesia

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This October, a team of volunteers from the ENT/Audiology team of Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+) Netherlands, travelled to the island of Lombok in Indonesia to provide health care, support and guidance on site.

The team provides voluntary help based on their own resources supported by the donations of others, such as medicine, materials, diagnostic equipment, hearing aids, assistive listening devices etc. Cochlear was one of the sponsors and donated a number of Baha Softbands for the team to take with them.

According to the team:

“Although there appears to be a lot of deaf and hearing impaired people on Lombok, there are barely any hearing devices. People have to fly or sail to Bali, where it costs about € 200 to get a hearing aid. For the local standards this is a lot of money. Deaf or hard of hearing children are usually considered stupid or crazy.”

The mission of this team of specialists was to check the ears and the hearing of those children, provide their surroundings with information on the different types of deafness and when indicated help those children to hear better by providing them with hearing devices.

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The team was stationed in a school for disabled children and performed local ENT & Audiology consultations with ear/hearing checks and direct treatments for local people with limited resources. The transfer of knowledge is very important. The specialists provide as much information as they can to the local teachers and medics. The impact of diagnostics and treatment is high, as is the gratitude of the locals. Pain (often chronic inflammation) is remedied. The hearing and communication of children and local people can often be improved by treatment and fitting of hearing aids.

During two weeks of help more than 260 people were seen by the ENT physician, the hearing status of more than 90 people was evaluated, 25 patients were rehabilitated with 30 hearing aids, 40 ear molds were made and two patients were helped with a bone conduction device. This resulted in many happy faces back and forth.

cochlear-donates-baha-softband-indonesiaCochlear-donates-Baha-Softbands-to-poor-childrenThe team in action. They were facilitated by many donors, who provided them with medication, hearing aids,materials and assistive listening devices.


Cochlear-donates-hearing-aids-IndonesiaA young man from the inlands of Lombok who suffered chronic ear infections in the past can now hear better again by using a bone conduction hearing device on a Baha Softband provided by Cochlear

 

 

Baha 5 switch-on: Amazing moment when Carly hears again for the first time

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We’ve been following Miss Single-Sided for quite some time now, reading about her decisions and expectations to getting a Baha System. And yesterday was finally the day she got her Baha 5 Sound Processor switched on. Look at her face when she realizes she can hear from her left side for the first time. Just amazing!

(From 1:20 in the video)

Can I connect my Baha 5 Sound Processor to PC or TV?

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Question: Hi, I was wondering. The Baha 5 Sound Processor comes with Bluetooth Connectivity to iPhones and Phone Clips for Android Phones. Does this also mean there is a way for me to connect to other Bluetooth devices such as a PC or TV? // Luka

Answer: Dear Luka,

You are right, the Baha 5 Sound Processor comes with built in Bluetooth connectivity to iPhone and iPad. This will connect you directly to the Apple device with no need for extra accessories. This works with iOS phones and iPads. You can use the Phone clip to connect to other phones, like Android phones and other Bluetooth devices. Please note that the device you are connecting to has to have the same Bluetooth protocol. Therefore, older devices may not be compatible.

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