Jim’s new super power!

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Jim and Anne have been married for over fifty years, and they’ve lived with Jim’s hearing loss for all that time.

“It can be frustrating for others to have to repeat and repeat what they’ve said, and as a deaf person you tend to just not ask again,” says Jim.

Jim recently upgraded from his Baha Cordelle II to the new Baha 5 SuperPower Sound Processor and he couldn’t be happier.

“I’m more in the conversation than I was before, so it’s a benefit all around, for my family as well,” he continues.

Anne’s happy with the upgrade too, and has seen Jim’s, and even her own, quality of life improve. “When we were in the car, and I’d say something as simple as “yes Jim, we need to turn left here” and I’d have to say that two or three times, whereas now we just have a conversation like normal people,” Anne explains.

Jim’s new Baha 5 SuperPower gives him access to True Wireless technology so he’s able to enjoy listening to the football or the cricket at the same time he’s gardening, something he’s very pleased with, “I can switch the SuperPower to wireless and the reception is just incredible,” Jim explains.

Enjoy Jim and Anne’s full story below (click CC for subtitles):

 

 

 

Teenage life with the Baha Attract System

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Here’s a video of one of the first Baha Attract users in Poland, Beata, who shares a clip of her daily life – shopping, singing, hanging out with friends.

According to Beata’s parents, once they found out that the bone conduction hearing solution was going to be magnetic, the decision to get it was easy. For Beata it was important that it would look better. Once she has her sound processor off, the system is practically invisible since nothing is protruding through the skin.

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“I got colourful covers that I can change anytime I want,” says Beata. “I can match the colour of my clothes, I can match the colour of my nails… And if I want to make it invisible for nobody to see, I just wear the neutral one.”

Her parents insist that they have noticed “major improvements” in their daughter’s hearing.

“When she was walking on the sidewalk or crossing the street, she did not catch the other’s voices… she could get over run by a car or something,” says her father. “Now she’s aware of other sounds, she’s aware of what’s happening around her.”

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“I can hear a lot better, and I don’t have this feeling that the sound eludes me, I can just hear everything!” concludes Beata.

Read more: How the Baha Attract System works

Lexine’s dress

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Lexine Schumm is an aspiring fashion designer and university student – who this year might have created the coolest dress ever!

Lexine was diagnosed with single-sided deafness at the age of four, and has been using a Baha System since she was 12.

Throughout her life, Lexine says she found herself in an odd space between the deaf community and the hearing community:

“In the deaf community, many don’t consider being deaf a disability at all, and they would never change who they are. I am not fully part of either community, which is a large part of why I consider my hearing loss a disability. I chose to get my Baha sound processor, even if I didn’t fully understand it at the time, to continue to bridge the gap between the two communities in my own way. I have a place in both which I think is really powerful. I don’t really wish that I didn’t have single sided deafness. It is a constant challenge and has affected my life in many ways, but it is not only a part of who I am, it has made me who I am. It has shaped my personality and the way I see the world in ways that I am only just becoming aware of. It has taught me to be creative, confident, empathetic, and strong.”

Lexine just finished her sophomore year in the Apparel Design program at the University of Minnesota. This spring her studio class partnered with the Weisman museum on campus to create designs using non-traditional materials inspired by Andy Warhol’s concepts of self portraiture and how objects can shape a person’s self image. For her self portrait, Lexine, who was just upgrading to the Baha 5 Sound Processor, wanted to explore how her hearing loss has shaped her identity and how that could be represented in a physical way.

“I chose to work with copper wire shaped like sound waves and hearing aid batteries. I created a dress that juxtaposed my place in the hearing world with my place in the deaf community, while projecting a sense of power and strength.”

Lexine's dress in the making

Lexine designed a simple shift dress with copper wire, hand shaped to represent sound waves, wrapping around one shoulder and on the opposite hip, with hearing aid batteries creeping out from around the edges of the wire sections onto the rest of the dress. The materials were purposefully abutted but distinctly separate from one another to represent her split presence. While the shape is simple it projects strength and power in the simplicity of the shapes combined with the ornate surface treatment of wire and batteries.

“The dress also reflects the invisibility of my hearing loss”, explains Lexine. “From far away, you cannot tell that it’s made of batteries and it looks like silver beading, but up close and with some context, it can be seen for what it really is.”

To create this dress she had to get her hands on hearing aid batteries – a lot of batteries. Her audiologist at the University of Iowa set her up with her two largest suppliers who donated over 30 pounds (14 kilos) of batteries. Lexine also called local medical supply stores and hearing aid centers in Minneapolis to make sure she would have enough of material.

“After countless hours in materials testing, concept building, and design, I began the construction of the dress, a process that took over 100 hours. I used size 10, 312, and 13 batteries and created texture and depth by playing with the placement of different size batteries next to each other, and using the flat side next to the raised side. Each piece of wire was bent and attached by hand. After the wire pieces were attached, I individually glued each battery to the dress with industrial adhesive. I finished the dress just a few days before the runway show at the Weisman art museum where I was able to see my vision come together in person.”

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The dress will be on display in the (dis)Abled Beauty exhibit at Kent State University, July 29th 2016 – March 12 2017 https://www.kent.edu/museum/event/disabled-beauty.

 

First look at the Baha 5 SuperPower

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Last year we had the pleasure to visit Mrs Doreen Milne in Manchester, UK. Mrs Milne is a lovely energetic lady who keeps busy together with her husband, friends, children and grandchildren.

She goes to the gym three times a week and travels abroad with husband Derek at least twice a year. Their favourite holiday destination is Cyprus where they have a small house so the whole family can visit.

Doreen has a severe hearing loss. For the last couple of years she’s used the powerful Baha Cordelle II sound processors, designed for people with moderate to severe mixed hearing loss.

“They’re absolutely wonderful,” says Doreen. “Because without them I wouldn’t be able to communicate because I never learned sign language or to lipread.”

As much as they do help Doreen in her daily life, the body-worn sound processors do feel a bit clumsy. Putting them on in the morning, cables and all, take a good ten minutes.

“And if I go to the gym and then take a shower, I’ll have to take them all off and then put them on again. It’s a nuisance! I would love something a bit a more discreet that I could wear in my pocket.”

Watch Doreen’s reaction when we showed her the new Baha 5 SuperPower Sound Processor:

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The Baha 5 SuperPower compared to the Cordelle II

Queen Doreen surrounded by her super powers – her husband, children and grandchildren

Read more about the Baha 5 SuperPower here

The Baha 5 Family powers up!

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In 2015, Cochlear launched the Baha 5 Sound Processor. With True Wireless sound streaming and Made for iPhone technology, it is the smallest and smartest sound processor in the industry.

However, we also wanted to give these benefits to people with greater hearing losses. So we took the small and smart – and made it more powerful with two new options: Baha 5 SuperPower and the all new Baha 5 Power Sound Processor.

The Baha System is now the only bone conduction system to offer three head-worn sound processors, each one designed to meet different levels of hearing loss and individual preferences.

baha-5-blond-sound-processorBaha 5 Sound Processor – for hearing loss up to 45 dB SNHL

“Incredibly small” is what many people say when they first see the Baha 5 Sound Processor. And it’s true. The award winning Baha 5 is 20% smaller than all other comparable sound processors – yet full of the most advanced hearing technologies.

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The Baha 5 SuperPower was regulatory approved in several countries earlier this year. It’s the first head-worn super power sound processor in bone conduction. Usually worn behind the ear, it also offers other wearing options designed to fit your unique needs and lifestyle.

 

wearing-Baha-5-PowerBaha 5 Power – for hearing loss up to 55 dB SNHL

And finally – the new amazingly smart power sound processor, the Baha 5 Power, which gives you the amplification you need in every listening environment. Like the other two, it’s compatible with the unique Bluetooth® technology designed by Apple, and is a Made for iPhone Hearing Device that let you stream sound directly from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The Baha 5 sound processors can connect to a range of wireless accessories. The True Wireless range of devices let you watch TV without disturbing others, help you hear speech in noisy or crowded environments and can connect you to all types of electronic devices. The direct-to-device connections between each accessory and your sound processor have one thing in common – there are no strings attached.

Surround yourself with the sounds you love!

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Your hearing care professional will recommend which system is best suited to your individual needs.