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

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