Question: Our son has the old BP100 and wants to consider transitioning to the Baha 5 Sound Processor. Will he be able to use the old abutment, or does that need to be removed and a new one placed?
Also, if he requires a new abutment, is that surgery usually done as an outpatient now under local anesthesia? // Tom
Answer: Hi Tom.
There is no need for your son to change the abutment when transitioning to the Baha 5 Sound Processor. At Cochlear we strive to make sure that all our current users can upgrade to the latest technology and to facilitate this we have used the same abutment connection since 1999. If someone should need to change the abutment for other reasons, this is usually done as an outpatient procedure.
Since its launch in 2015, the Baha 5 Sound Processor has proven very successful. Its small size, excellent sound quality and smart wireless features have all been very appreciated by people upgrading from the BP100. Your son should notice an improvement in his hearing experience and will no doubt get to try it out before making a final choice.
Your hearing healthcare specialist will recommend what hearing solution is best for your son.
Best of luck!
//The Baha Blog team