In the news: The Baha 5 Power proves to be lifesaver for Scottish couple

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Charles Carmichael’s new hearing technology proved to be a lifesaver within weeks of being fitted.

When his diabetic wife, Eileen, collapsed at their home this summer, he was able to talk to the emergency dispatcher so they could identify if she was having another stroke.

“Her breathing was so faint, but I was able to hear her voice through my Baha [5 Power Sound Processor] and answer the responder’s questions,” said Charles who suffers from Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media (CSOM)

Struggling with hearing loss all his life, Charles was first implanted with a Baha solution on his left side in 2012. Three years later, he had his right ear fitted as well and his problems with discharging ears stopped. In June 2016 he upgraded to the Baha 5 Power and says the new technology is amazing.

“My original Baha sound processors were fantastic, but I still struggled in big groups, but with these new ones I can hear questions from the back of a room and have conversations with background music on – it’s no problem.”

Charles is his wife’s main carer and the new Baha technology now allows him to hear her clearly even when in another room.

Eileen said: “If anything happens and I need to raise the alarm, he can immediately hear me – I feel safer.”

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Quick guide: How to attach and remove your child’s Baha sound processor

If your child has a Baha System, there are some things you need to know – and also eventually train other caregivers, such as teachers, grandparents or preschool personnel. Here’s a guide on how to correctly take their sound processors on and off.

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Does your child use the Baha Connect System? The Baha sound processor is designed to “snap” onto the abutment. Attach the sound processor at a slight angle and tilt it into place, taking care to keep any hair out of the way. The tilt technique reduces pressure on the abutment and prevents discomfort.

To remove the sound processor, gently tilt it until it snaps off. Never pull the sound processor straight out as doing so may damage it.

If the snap coupling should break, send the Baha sound processor for repair.

How to attach and remove the magnet

how-to-attach-baha-attract-magnetIf your child has the Baha Attract System, there is an external magnet with a sound processor attached which is simply placed on the head, over the internal magnet. You do, however, need to attach the Baha sound processor correctly to the magnet.

  1. Holding the magnet flat in your hand, tilt the sound processor with the buttons positioned upwards and gently snap it into place
  2. Attach the Baha Safety Line to the sound processor
  3. Place the magnet and sound processor over the implant behind your child’s ear, with the arrow on the magnet pointing upwards

Tip: The less hair underneath the magnet, the more firm the device stays on.

When taking the device off, grasp the sound processor with the magnet still attached, and gently pull it away from the head. Place one finger under the sound processor and gently tilt until it releases.

 

How to fit the Baha Softband

If your child is wearing a Baha Softband, you need to know how to fit it correctly. Children tend to push the band up on top of their head, like a hairband, but the best results are achieved when wearing the band on the forehead and the sound processor as close to the ear as possible.

baha-softband-instructionsThe Baha Softband is fitted with one or two snap connectors and a safety release (C), which are designed to open if the softband should catch on an object. Never use the safety release to open or close the softband.

The bilateral version has two sliders: one for adjusting the total length and one for adjusting the distance between the snap connectors.

  1.  First, adjust the length of the softband (B)
  2. Attach the sound processor to the snap connector (A)
  3. Place the Baha Softband on the head and adjust it to fit comfortably. A rule of thumb is that you should be able to insert one finger underneath the band.
  4. Turn the volume on the sound processor up slowly

Baha-Softband-tips-childrenAll done! Off you go!

Read also: Six Softband tips

The difference between cochlear implants and a Baha implant

Question: I have cochlear implants and I want to know, could I get the Baha implant? // Elizabeth

Answer: Hi Elizabeth.

The indications for cochlear implants and Baha implants are quite different. If you already have cochlear implants you will most probably have a severe to profound inner-ear hearing loss.

The Baha System is designed for patients with a hearing loss that comes entirely or partly from problems in the middle ear, or single sided deafness. Based on this it is very unlikely that you would benefit from a Baha System.

If you are not satisfied with the benefit you get from your cochlear implants we recommend that you contact your hearing care professional to learn about the options that are available.

Best of luck!

//The Baha Blog team

 

10 Halloween tips ‘n tricks for kids with hearing loss

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Halloween is celebrated all over the world on 31 October. It’s thought to have originated with the medieval Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. Halloween became a major holiday in North America in the 19th century, thanks to mass Irish and Scottish immigration.

Nowadays the focus is less scary and more fun for children. To avoid any mishaps, here are some tips to help your hard of hearing little ones have a safe and fun Halloween:

  1. Before purchasing a costume, double check that the mask, hat or other headgear fits comfortably and securely around your child’s Baha sound processor(s)
  2. Apply any makeup, hairspray or glitter before putting on your child’s sound processor
  3. Make sure the sound processor is functioning properly before you leave the house
  4. Attach the sound processor securely with the Baha Safety Line
  5. Pack a flashlight with fresh batteries, extra sound processor batteries, and a mobile phone for the outing
  6. Consider using the wireless Mini Microphone for extra safety
  7. Decorate costumes with reflective tape for trick-or-treating
  8. Guide young children from house to house always keeping at their side or holding their hands, particularly at crosswalks
  9. Instruct your kids not to eat any of the candy until they come home and have had the treats examined by an adult
  10. Have fun!

How to use the Baha Safety Line

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Kids love to play, run and be active, and the Baha sound processor shouldn’t be a hindrance. On the contrary, it’s a natural part of your child’s life, helping them to hear, learn and communicate.

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The Baha Safety Line is an indispensable accessory for active children! While a number of studies of the Baha Attract System show that the SP Magnet has extremely good retention – as it is designed to firmly remain on when running, going up and down stairs or during exercise routines – we recommend always using a safety line for extra security. The little tool both prevents the sound processor from hitting the ground should it come loose, and helps children to easily put it back on themselves.

Insert the line into the attachment point and fasten it to your clothing as shown below.


Read also: Five-year old Sixten uses Baha Attract with a safety line

Baha implant and headaches

QuestionI am a migraneur who receives botox injections every 12 weeks and takes gabapentin and cymbalta daily to control chronic migraines. I have bilateral mixed hearing loss and have been approved for bilateral Baha 5 Attract surgery. I will be consulting with my neurologist as well.

I am wondering if there is any increase in headaches for Baha Attract recipients. Will I experience more migraines due to the implant after the recovery period from the surgery? //Virginia

Answer: Hi Virginia, thanks for your question.

While it is impossible to say that no one with a Baha Attract System implant suffers from headaches, there is no known issue and no registered complaints about increased prevalence of headaches after implantation. The Baha Attract System implant does not have any moving parts and surgery is typically considered relatively straightforward.

If there is a situation where the continued pressure from the magnet causes irritation, the external magnet and processor can be easily removed.

Please consult your implant surgeon and neurologist regarding your specific situation. Their collaboration should ensure the best possible outcome for your particular situation.

~ Jay Patterson, Product Manager, Implant & Surgery, Baha & Vistafix

Baha 5 sound processors are tamper-proof for your child’s safety

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Are you a parent or caregiver to a child with a Baha 5 System? Here are some tips on how to handle the battery door in your child’s sound processor!

All Baha 5 sound processors are equipped with tamper-proof features to prevent accidents from happening. Batteries, for instance can be very harmful if swallowed. You can rest assured that Cochlear has taken great measures to prevent your child from being able to open the Baha sound processor and taking out the battery.

It’s very important however that you check the sound processor on a daily basis to make sure that everything is working correctly.

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The Baha 5 Sound Processor has an optional tamper-proof battery door specifically designed for children.

To unlock the sound processor, carefully insert the tip of a pen in the small hole on the tamper-proof battery door and gently open the battery compartment. To lock the device, simply close the battery compartment until it is completely closed.

You must feel two clicks when you close it – if not, you should replace the door immediately. If the little “pin” (circled in red) is broken, the tamper-proof door won’t function as designed, and there is a risk your battery-door-pinchild could open the door. Contact your local Cochlear representative to order extra tamper-proof battery doors.

Tip: Make it a habit that every time you change the sound processor battery or start the device, to make sure the door is firmly locked by lightly trying to open it – to test that the tamper-proof is functioning.

See also: How to change the battery in the Baha 5 Sound Processor

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The Baha 5 Power and the Baha 5 SuperPower sound processors have a built-in locking mechanism in their battery doors. You lock and unlock it using the tamper-proof tool provided in the sound processor box.

To lock the battery door, as shown in this instructional video, place the locking tool into the battery door slot. Slide the locking pin up into place. To unlock, slide the locking pin down into place and gently open the battery compartment.

Should the battery door break, you can change it yourself, like this.

See also: How to change and charge the battery in Baha 5 SuperPower

What to do?

If your child still somehow should manage to swallow a battery, contact your hospital emergency department immediately. Don’t try to make him or her throw up, and avoid food and drink.

Not sure? Warning signs that a child has swallowed a battery include: excess dribbling, trouble swallowing, vomiting, coughing, choking, and unexplained chest infection.

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Psst: Download the Baha Support App to keep all instructional videos and tips in your smartphone!