What do people think about the Baha Connect and the Baha Attract Systems?

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Question: I have lost most hearing in my left ear. My ENT and audiologist have demonstrated the Baha System, and I’m very favorably impressed. I want to decide whether to have the Baha Connect or Baha Attract method.

I’d like to know how many folks are currently using the Baha Connect System and how many are using the Baha Attract. What do they have to say about their choice? Is there a difference in cost? Is there a difference in post-surgery complications? I am concerned about the hygiene routines that the Connect System will require, and expect that the Baha Attract System would be more of a one-and-done experience for me. // Joseph

Answer: Dear Joseph,

The Baha System is indeed a great invention that has helped a number of people with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, or single-sided deafness (SSD).

The Baha System has been available for over 35 years and is used by more than 120,000 people around the world. Both the Baha Attract and Baha Connect Systems are clinically proven and successfully worn by thousands of people.

We recommend that you contact your hearing healthcare specialist to trial the sound processor on a Baha Softband. This will give you a good indication of the hearing experience you can expect with the Baha Attract System after surgery. Your hearing healthcare specialist is also the best person to help you choose the Baha System that best matches your individual needs and take you through the financial considirations.

You can find more information on the choice between the two systems to be found in this blog post.

Regarding the cost it is difficult to state a specific number as it varies from country to country. Your hearing care specialist will be able to tell you more.

Best of luck!

~ Martin Bryman, Senior Product Manager, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions

2 thoughts on “What do people think about the Baha Connect and the Baha Attract Systems?

  1. I am a teenage boy and I’m wonder if there are any negative effects to the attract system I currently have the connect but I would like to know any bad effects of the attract one if anyone can reply soon and give their own opinion that would be great!

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    • Hi Christian,

      Great question! One thing that many people prefer and benefit from the Baha Attract System is not having to clean and maintain the abutment site. Additionally, when the sound processor is taken off, there is nothing visible as the rest of the system is hidden underneath the skin. These are excellent benefits that many recipients love.

      However one thing we know is that introducing skin between the processor and the implant changes the way sound is transferred. Most of this can be managed by your audiologist adjusting the settings in your processor. Before transitioning from the Baha Connect System to the Baha Attract System, Cochlear always recommends a trial with a Baha Softband to make sure you are comfortable with the change in sound transmission. One other difference between the systems is the way the processor is held in place. As you know, with the Baha Connect System the sound processor is held in place by a physical “snap” connection. With the Baha Attract System, the processor is held in place with a magnet. Cochlear believes it is important to provide various wearing options for people with hearing loss. In this sense, it is more about making the choice that is best suited to your hearing and your lifestyle.

      Always consult with your hearing specialist who will advise you on your best options.

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

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