Question: I was born deaf and wore two hearing aids for fifty years. Now I have 2 Baha sound processors. They are good , my ears are free at last! What I would like to know is what is the difference between a Baha and a Baha Attract? From what i can see is it magnetic rather than clipping it on.
Also – if the Baha Attract System is better, can I change to that? // Pam
Answer: Dear Pam.
Good to hear that your Baha sound processors work well.
The difference between the Baha Connect and Baha Attract System is the way that the sound processor attaches to the implant. In the Baha Connect System, that you are using, the sound processor snaps on to an abutment. In the Baha Attract System the sound processor is attached to a sound processor magnet. Another magnet is fixed to the implant under the skin and the sound processor is held in place on your head by the two magnets.
The main benefit of the Baha Attract System is that the implants are hidden beneath the skin making the system invisible when the sound processors are not attached.
The benefit of the Baha Connect System is that the direct connection maximises hearing performance.
It is possible to switch between the systems, but that requires another surgery to replace your abutment to the implant magnet, and it may provide you with a slightly different hearing experience (the skin will attenuate the sound slightly). This will of course require a thorough evaluation of the surgery and expected hearing outcome.
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