Going from the abutment to the magnetic Baha Attract System

Question: I got the abutment implanted in October of 2009, received my Baha BP100 Sound Processor in January of 2010. I had several issues with feedback and we couldn’t get it to quit. The feedback was sporadic and everyday. I have quit wearing the processor because of the pain from the feedback.

Here lately the area around the abutment is tender and sore to the touch. I also keep feeling like the skin is trying to grow around the edges, but it hurts to clean the skin off. My doctor said it doesn’t appear to be infected and has recommended that I upgrade to the Baha 5 Sound Processor. He also recommended I change from the abutment to the new Baha Attract System.

Has anyone changed from the abutment to the Baha Attract? Are there feedback issues like I had before?

Thanks for any help. I just don’t want to start fighting my insurance and getting another surgery for no gain. // John

Answer: Hi John, sorry to hear about your struggles.

Both the Baha Connect and Baha Attract Systems are well-proven and have helped thousands of people all over the world. The difference between the two is the way that the sound processor attaches to the implant.

In the Baha Connect System, that you are using, the sound processor snaps on to an abutment. In the Baha Attract System the sound processor is attached to a sound processor magnet. Another magnet is fixed to the implant under the skin and the sound processor is held in place on your head by the two magnets. So the Baha Attract System is practically invisible when the sound processors are not attached, since the implants are hidden beneath the skin.

In answer to your question, yes we know of several people who successfully have gone from the Baha Connect to the Baha Attract System. In the global consensus outcomes of 2014, a group of experienced Baha surgeons from USA and Europe all agreed that good outcomes may be achieved when transitioning patients from an abutment to a magnetic connection. It’s recommended that an evaluation of the hearing experience with the Baha sound processor on a Softband is done before switching systems, to give you an idea of what your hearing will be like.

Since the launch, the Baha 5 Sound Processor has proven very successful. The small size, sound quality and wireless audio streaming directly to and from a range of accessories and from your iPhone, have all been very appreciated by people upgrading from the BP100. You will definitely notice a big improvement in your hearing experience.

Your hearing healthcare specialist will recommend what hearing solution is best for you.

Best of luck!

//The Baha Blog team

Read more: “It’s so light, I even forget I have it on” – Baha 5 Attract user Jon

3 thoughts on “Going from the abutment to the magnetic Baha Attract System

  1. Hi, I also had the same issues. But on advice from my audiologist my imbutment was changed to a longer imbutment 5 years ago, and have had no more problems.
    However, still you need keep the the imbutment area clean, my consultant recommended clean with Witch Hazel then put antibiotic cream for a couple of days.
    This worked for me, so try it out.

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  2. My daughter had an abutment implanted at about 12 years of age. Initially it was Ok but then after about 12 months My daughter also started having issues with the skin growing around, over and swelling and tenderness. They tried a simple surgery of skin reduction around the site (basically causing more scarring so the skin wouldn’t grow). But this was not a great success as she was young (14) and her body really wanted to heal at the surgery site even months later!
    In this time Cochlear came out with many more sizes in the abutment lengths. And the Baha 5 also came out. Since my daughter was now older (14) a third surgery was suggested and a longer abutment be placed. This has worked well for her and the 5 has been a great improvement on hearing. She was offered the attract system but her decision was to try and sort out the abutment she had before doing a more invasive surgery with the magnet.

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