On the day Debra Brant, 54 got her Baha sound processor fitted, she cried:
“It was like hearing for the first time. Hearing on both sides and getting back the stereo sound I lost was fantastic – it was emotionally overwhelming.”
Her hearing loss started on her right side as a child and continued throughout her childhood. As doctors told her that hearing aids would not really help, she simply learned to “live with it”. A few years ago Debra underwent surgery that left her with practically no hearing on her right side.
It was then that she was first told about the Baha System, that it would be the best choice for her type of hearing loss. Debra was able to try out the Baha sound processor on a Softband before surgery, something that really helped her make her decision. Thanks to this opportunity she was able to hear the difference and decided to move forward.
“The Baha 5 System has been life-changing because, for the first time in my life — in over 50 years — I can hear on both sides”, says Debra. “Now, instead of feeling isolated when there’s a family gathering and people are talking, I can hear.”
(Picture: Debra and her two daughters)
The Baha 5 Sound Processor is compatible with all Cochlear Wireless Accessories. The wireless Mini Microphone helps Debra a lot in her daily life. If one of her daughter wears it while out shopping, Debra can hear both her daughter’s voices if they walk close together. She can even hear them if she’s in the dressing room and they’re outside. Being a teacher, she can put the Mini Mic in the middle of the room and it enhances what the students are saying.
The Baha 5 Smart App enables her to discreetly change programs and activate wireless streaming with her iPhone.
“The made-for-iPhone technology makes life so much easier because the app gives me accessibility to adjusting the volume just using my iPhone. I can adjust the treble, the bass. It will give me an alert when my processor is running low.”
Soon, Debra is going to be a grandmother for the first time. One of her daughters is expecting a little boy!
“I am fully looking forward to having a little grandson and I won’t miss out on a single thing in his life, like I did when my girls were babies. I want to get the most out of life that I can because I can hear. I’m not missing anything.”