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

5 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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    • HI Karen, my son had this done at age 12 as well back in 2005 ish, and he never adapted well to the hearing aid itself, caused pain when on. It was such a traumatic experience, eventually we stopped making him wear it and wanted to give it time. We had little help with adjusting sound but much had to do with his uncooperativeness and emotional angst about it that we couldn’t tell If it was the device or just his emotional immaturity. Now he’s 23, and wants to revisit this. He has continued to have issues with the skin growing over the abutment etc. Hoping we can get a new device and see if he will need a new implant. How is your daughter doing with her current baha?

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      • my daughter has the Baha 5 and it is a huge leap from her last one. The processing is far more sophisticated and gives her much clearer sound. The device itself is also a lot smaller. It also works with an app on an iPhone or Android smart phone. This gives you the ability to adjust sound yourself and save different programs to use. Like settings for in a restaurant or when listening to music.

        We have also just purchased the seperate microphone which can be used with a tv or any music device ( iPod, iPhone, etc). It can be plugged directly in to the device with an audio cable or we have just tried it sitting in front of the tv. She finds this a big improvement on hearing everything. The microphone is plugged in to the device and it wirelessly streams the sound to her Baha, so she doesn’t need anything extra clipped to her head! .
        It can also be used in areas with telecoil capabilities and again using wireless technology to transmit the sound to the Baha. It really makes a huge difference to her being a part of a conversation or hearing all the show, and even being in the car and being able to hear all the conversation . The seperate mic can also be worn around her neck, clipped to the front of her clothes or even put on a table in a restaurant so she cancer the conversation . The best is to look at the website to see all the uses, but she has only had it a week and finds it quite amazing.
        It can also be used in a work place or school environment where a teacher may wear the mic and then it transmits to the baha so they don’t miss what is being said. Amazing technology.

        My daughter had the longer abutment fitted which made a huge difference. I would think this could make a difference to your son also. But you would have to check with a specialist of course since all cases are different. Does he have the original abutment from when he was 12?
        There are many more lengths now. It never grows over any more. Occasionally she may have some minimal swelling at the site, or a bit of ‘ooze’, but this is cleared with a bit of antiseptic wash/ cream. And usually occurs when she hasn’t washed her hair for a longer period or been slack with maintenance. She has quite long hair and thick so it is completely covered and this can make it a little more complicated.
        Overall it has made a huge difference and was definitely worth the surgery ( her words) as she couldn’t wear it before so much of the time. And the increase in the technology has been amazing just in the few years she has had a Baha. I think your son would be amazed at the difference it would make to him. and the changes since he wore it last. Good luck.

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