Cochlear introduces the smart head-worn Baha 5 SuperPower sound processor

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We are happy to announce the global approval of the Cochlear Baha 5 SuperPower Sound Processor!

This is the first and only head-worn “bone conduction sound processor” designed for moderate to severe mixed hearing loss. It has a fitting range up to 65 dB SNHL (the yellow/orange part of this audiogram).

People with this degree of hearing loss often struggle more than most to hear and understand speech, especially in noisy situations. Today, the body-worn Baha Cordelle II is the only super power sound processor on the market. Since its introduction in 1999 though, technology has moved forward with digital signal processing and smart features like wireless connectivity.

The Baha 5 SuperPower comes equipped with the same True Wireless™ connectivity; Bluetooth Smart; Made for iPhone technology and advanced signal processing as the industry-leading Baha 5 Sound Processor!

It is regulatory approved in the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. A number of selected clinics in Europe have begun to fit patients.

“Patient response has been extremely positive,” says Mats Dotevall, Director of Design & Development, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB. “Early results from the first fittings in European clinics show very positive outcomes and great patient satisfaction in terms of loudness, speech understanding, sound quality and wireless functionality.”

The Baha 5 SuperPower combines both Baha bone conduction and Nucleus (a cochlear impant system) technologies in one ground breaking new device. What’s really exciting about this product is the new Baha EveryWear™ wearing options (that includes a body-worn configuration). This flexible solution means that people who can’t use an ear-level device can still use the Baha 5 SuperPower.

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The SuperPower can be worn either on the head…

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… or the body, depending on your needs or preferences.

 

“Innovation is at the forefront of what we do,” says Rom Mendel, General Manager, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB. “We constantly strive to think differently so we can provide cutting edge technology to help those who need it most. The fact that we are able to leverage our broad range of world-leading hearing solutions to meet the needs of a struggling patient population is very rewarding.”

Although the Baha 5 SuperPower is regulatory approved in many countries, full commercial availability is expected this summer.

 

 

Read the global Cochlear press release

 

6 thoughts on “Cochlear introduces the smart head-worn Baha 5 SuperPower sound processor

    • Thanks for your question. Currently the technology in Android phones doesn’t support direct streaming of audio to Baha sound processors, or any hearing aids. Only Apple devices support this technology. Android users are encouraged to use the wireless Phone Clip for this enhanced set of streaming capabilities to their Baha sound processor.

      We’re constantly exploring opportunities to enhance the connectivity of the Baha System, including streaming of audio directly from Android phones. More information will follow when the technology for Android phone audio streaming is more mature.

      //The Baha Blog team

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