When left unaddressed, hearing loss has a tremendously negative global effect, according to a 2017 World Health Organisation report. Identifying the early signs of hearing impairment is the first step to addressing a problem for which, fortunately enough, there are solutions. Treatment is available for virtually all types of hearing loss and can consist of medications, hearing aids, or a hearing implants, depending on which part of the ear is affected and the degree of hearing loss.
A bone conduction implant is a recommended treatment for conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss and single-sided sensorineural deafness (SSD). Cochlear’s two bone conduction implant systems – Baha® Connect and Baha Attract – are both indicated for individuals with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss and SSD.
As explained in a previous post, choosing between a Baha Connect and Baha Attract System depends upon a variety of factors, including the degree of hearing loss.
Baha Connect – the abutment system – is a percutaneous or through-the-skin implant system. It consists of an implant, abutment, and sound processor. A well-proven bone conduction hearing system, the Baha Connect System features the minimally invasive DermaLock™ technology, which facilitates the preservation of the hair and skin around the abutment, helping you heal and hear sooner.
Baha Attract – the magnetic system – is a transcutaneous, or an under-the-skin implant system. It is comprised of an implant, a magnetic attachment and sound processor. The Baha Attract System is a highly effective bone conduction hearing system designed to leave the skin intact.
Transitioning from one system to another may be possible in certain circumstances. For instance, if a person chooses the Baha Attract System, and there is a sizeable change in his or her hearing, it is possible to remove the magnet and attach an abutment to provide a direct to the implant which can provide more power. Conversely, if a recipient needs to transition to a completely under-the-skin system because of lifestyle or soft tissue concerns, the abutment can be removed and an implant magnet can be attached. In both instances, the person can almost always use the same sound processor.
Cochlear is the only manufacturer that provides this choice and flexibility, based on the patient’s needs.