How do I talk and stream music from my iPhone to my Baha 5 Sound Processor?

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QuestionHello,
I am getting ready to get my new Baha 5 Sound Processor fitted next month, and I am wondering if I need a phone clip to pair my iPhone to my sound processor to talk and stream music from my phone? Please help I’m not sure how the new technology on the new Baha sound processor works.

Thanks a million, talk to you soon. //Keyaira

Answer: Dear Keyaria,

Congratulations on getting the Baha 5 Sound Processor!

With it, you can stream audio and phone calls directly from your iPhone, as long as it is a newer model (iPhone 5 or iPhone 6) without the need to use the Cochlear Wireless Phone Clip.

For more information, check out: Smart tip: pairing and connecting your Baha 5 Sound Processor to your iPhone

On top of that, you can download the Baha Smart App to control and personalise your hearing experience directly from your iPhone.

Click here to download the app for free, and then pair your iPhone to your sound processor:

  • Ensure your Baha 5 Sound Processor is turned OFF by opening the battery door
  • On your iPhone, turn on Bluetooth under Devices
  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility >Hearing Aids
  • Turn ON your Baha 5 Sound Processor by closing the battery door. It’s now discoverable for 120 seconds.
  • Tap the name of your sound processor, once it appears
  • Accept pairing request

If your Baha 5 Sound Processor is paired, has a live battery, and is turned on, it will automatically connect once you start the Baha 5 Smart App. When the app is connected for the first time, it may need additional time to read required data from your sound processor.

Best of luck!

The Baha Blog team

What’s it like living with the Baha System?

QuestionI lost all hearing in my left ear last year following a failed stapedectomy operation; resulting in total sensorineural deafness due to damaged inner ear. I have Otosclerosis and have moderate hearing loss in my right ear as well (hence the reason I went for the operation).

Since the operation I’ve been struggling to cope with having only partial hearing. After living with two functioning ears (albeit without perfect hearing) for 40 years and now being left single sided deaf is truly awful (to put it mildly).

I’ve been offered a Baha solution on the NHS and have trialled the Cochlear test ‘headband’ as well as the CROS aid. I’ve been impressed with both but found the Baha solution gave a more ‘natural’ sound and I’m feeling fairly confident that I’m going to go with it (the ‘Baha Connect’ version, not ‘Baha Attract’). I had good results from the bone conduction test (scoring 90% in the speech recognition part).

I do, however, have several questions/concerns about living with the implant and sound processor:

1) Is it painful to lie on or if it gets knocked? I’m worried that it might make sleeping difficult when I rest my head on the implant side.

2) How does the sound quality/amplification compare with the test headband? I’ve read that the real thing is better but how much louder/clearer is it eg – 10% 20% 30% more?

3) Is the Baha sound processor uncomfortable if worn all day?

4) Since losing the hearing on one side my tinnitus has become even worse. For Baha users, does it become any less noticeable in the longer term? (Why is there no cure for tinnitus yet?!!)

Obviously I will be asking the qualified people at hospital these questions and more, but it would be really helpful if I can get some answers here.

Thanks! // Drew

Answer: Hi Drew,

Congratulations on your decision of getting a Baha System! Let me try to answer your questions, one by one:

1) You will not be able to “feel” the implant, however the tissue around it may feel sore or numb right after the surgery. This usually resolves over time. You may hear some sounds as you rub the implant against a pillow or similar, but there is an abutment cover available to cover it if it bothers you.

2) This is impossible to answer exactly as it varies from person to person, however, as a rule of thumb we say that the amplification increases by about 10-15 dB when attaching the sound processor to the implant compared to the headband. The biggest increase is in the high frequencies which will make the sound clearer.

3) When the Baha sound processor is attached to the implant you will not feel that you are wearing anything.

4) Tinnitus may be caused by hearing loss like you experience. Research has shown that for some users the tinnitus is relieved when using the Baha System, however, that is nothing we can promise.

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

Read more: 12 golden rules for living with your Baha System

Landon loves her new Baha 5 sound processors

How adorable is this!

One of our favorite bloggers, Eloise, shared this video of her four-year old daughter Landon who just upgraded to two Baha 5 sound processors on her Baha Softband. She is playing dress up while streaming music directly to her sound processors.

“What does the music sound like, Landon?”
“Frozen.”

But of course!

 

Read more: How to pair and connect your Baha 5 Sound Processor to your iPhone

Is there a ski helmet compatible with my Baha sound processors?

Question: I love to go skiing and am very aware of the safety issues and the need to wear a helmet. I wear two Baha sound processors and find I am unable to wear a ski helmet because of the feed back and whistling when the helmet comes into contact with my devices. Any suggestions? // Ann

Answer: Dear Ann, thanks for your question.

What you need is to look for a helmet that is open around the ears, such as this one, so you can still wear your Baha System. This of course depends on the position of your sound processors. Since we haven’t tested it we can’t tell you if it works or not, but it might be worth a try!

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Best of luck!

//The Baha Blog team

 

In the news: Co-workers helped save deaf David’s job

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Some co-workers!

42-year old David Grissam from Oklahoma, USA, has been legally deaf since the age of six.

As a dispatcher, he relied on hearing aids to answer phone calls but after a tumour removal in his ear three years ago, the hearing aids no longer worked. Grissam was close to quitting his job.

But, determined not to lose a great co-worker, his office teamed up to help get him a Cochlear bone conduction hearing solution – a small titanium implant behind his ear which connects to Bluetooth via the Baha 5 Sound Processor. Through his phone, he can now connect to the 911 center’s radios and telephones.

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Grissam said he can now hear better than ever – and not just phone calls:

“I’m 42 years old, and I’ve heard the rain for the first time!”

Read more here.

Read also: Clear patient benefits with the Baha 5 Systems at OSSEO 2015

Music lover with SSD considering the Baha System

QuestionI am SSD (conductive issue); I am a music fanatic and depressed because I could never enjoy the “sensation”  of my 5.1 audio system. As expected, I like my music “loud”, not absurdly loud but loud, one of my ears is absolutely perfect. Please, how does the Baha sound processor respond to a loud audio input? Would it distort the sound or transmit it properly? My “regular”  hearing aid simply doesn’t work, it distorts the audio if it is already loud. In terms of music listening, would the abutment system be better than the Baha Attract?

Thanks a lot // Andre

Answer: Hi Andre!

The Baha Connect System will provide the most efficient transmission with a lower risk for distortion. That said, a music listening test with a properly programmed Baha sound processor on a Softband would give you a good understanding of whether the Baha Attract System might meet your individual requirements.

Amplifying music through a sound processor is always complicated. The reason is that the sound processor is so focused on speech that is sometimes “misapprehends” the music. Using a specific music program is often very beneficial. Your audiologist can easily provide you with such a program.

The sound processor also has a protection to very loud sounds. The purpose is simply to prevent it from generating a sound loud enough to damage your hearing. When this feature is used for a longer period of time, for example when listening to very loud music, it could distort the sound a bit. In that case I would recommend lowering the music volume as it is probably TOO loud. This feature is applicable to both the Baha Connect and Baha Attract System.

How you will hear sound through the Baha System depends on your type of hearing loss.

If you have a profound hearing loss on your “bad” ear, both when measured though bone and through air (SSD) the sound from this ear will be sent thought the bone to the good ear. So you will NOT hear the sound from both sides, in stereo. You will hear sound from both sides in ONE ear.

If you have conductive or mixed hearing loss on one ear, you will be able to hear from BOTH ears. That said, please note that only a hearing healthcare specialist can recommend what hearing solution is best for you.

Best of luck!

~ Annelen Hedin, Audiology Group Manager, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions

Read more about different types of hearing loss

 

Can the Baha 5 Sound Processor stream directly to Android phones?

Question: Do you know when or if the Baha 5 Sound Processor will be able to stream directly to Android phones like it does for the iPhone? I have the phone clip which streams to my Samsung Galaxy S5, but I would like the Baha 5 Sound Processor to stream directly to my Android phone, so I do not have the hassle of remembering to possess and turn on the phone clip.

Thank you. // James

Answer: Dear James, thank you for your question.

Currently, only Apple offers the technology to stream audio directly to a Baha sound processor. To stream sound and take phone calls from an Android phone you need the Cochlear Wireless Phone Clip.

The Baha 5 Sound Processor can also be controlled from an Android phone using the Cochlear Baha Control App. If you don’t already have the app installed, download it here:

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/ The Baha Blog team