The difference between Baha 4 and Baha 5

Question: I was wondering if you could tell me the difference between the Baha 4 Attract System and Baha 5 Attract System?

// Rahul

Answer: Hi Rahul and thank you for contacting us. The difference between the two systems is the sound processor. The Baha 5 generation of sound processors are the latest sound processors developed by Cochlear, following the Baha 4 generation. While the two generations have many common features (for example, connectivity with wireless accessories), there are differences in terms of design and hearing experience.

The Baha 5 Sound Processor (a 45 dB SNHL device) is the smallest bone conduction sound processor available today, and is about 20% smaller than the previous generation Baha 4. It is also the first sound processor that can stream sound directly from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and can be controlled by a user-friendly Baha 5 Smart App.

The transducer in the Baha 5 Sound Processor, which is the core component of the sound processor, has also been redesigned and significantly reduced in size without losing any power. And with less distortion the sound quality has been improved to help make it easier and more enjoyable to hear.

The Baha 4 Sound Processor first introduced the ability to access wireless technology through a bone conduction implant system. Baha 5 continues this legacy, offering true wireless freedom to users. All of Cochlear’s wireless accessories – TV Streamer, Remote Control, Phone Clip, and the Mini Microphones are compatible with Baha 5.

In terms of design, the Baha 5 Sound Processor features an ergonomic shape with rounded corners, and a palette of colours matching different hair tones.

You can read more about the Baha 5 sound processors here.

All the best!

// The Baha Blog Team

Why is my sound processor picking up cell phone updates?

QuestionI have a new Baha 5 Power Sound Processor. It seems to pick up my cell phone updates and chimes twice every time I get an update. People in the room can hear the chimes and it is very frustrating. I have turned off the Bluetooth app on the phone and it still chimes. Please help me stop the continuing chimes. // Luke

Answer: Hi Luke, thanks for your question.

The reason your sound processor picks up chimes from your cell phone is that it is paired to your iPhone, and by default all audio (incl. phone calls, notifications and music) is streamed directly to your sound processor.

It is difficult to provide a specific solution but I will provide a general answer below:

You can adjust which sounds are streamed to your sound processor on a “global” or “local” level (i.e. you can decide whether all or none of the sounds should be streamed or you can specify which sounds should/should not be streamed).

Global: On your iPhone, go to Settings/General/Accessibility/Hearing Devices and tap ‘Audio Routing’ to adjust settings on a “global” level. Keep in mind that if you turn off for instance ‘Call Audio’ routing, phone or FaceTime calls will no longer be streamed either. Similarly, turning off ‘Media Audio’ prevents any music, video or game audio to be streamed.

Local: You can also set which, if any, sounds you want to use for updates by going to Settings/Sounds and scroll down to ‘SOUNDS AND VIBRATION PATTERNS’. By selecting ‘None’, there will be no chimes to stream to the sound processor.

If the chimes are related to specific apps, you may be able to adjust this if you go to Settings and scroll down to the app in question. The ability to change app notifications depends on the respective app developer and is not controlled by Cochlear.

I hope some of this will answer your question. Best of luck!

Carl Uvesten, Product Manager Connectivity, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions

Using the Baha 5 with landline telephone

QuestionHi can you please advise which landline phone I could use? I have the Baha 5 Sound Processor and the Phone Clip. Or is there an accessory that I can purchase? Thanks! // Tracey

Answer: Hi Tracey. You can connect the Phone Clip to your landline phone system as long as it has Bluetooth capability. We recommend you take your Phone Clip into the store and ask the staff to help you connect it before purchasing a new landline phone. That way you can be sure it is compatible.

You might find this post helpful: Please help me adapt my Phone Clip to my office phone system

Best of luck!

//The Baha Blog team

The Baha System in South America

Question: Is the Baha System available yet for pediatric patients in Colombia (South America)?

Thank you! //Ruth

Answer: Hi Ruth. Yes, absolutely! The Baha System has been available in Latin and South America since 2006, with approximately 3000 users currently in Colombia. Out of those, 60% are adults and 40% are children.

Check out the Latin American Cochlear website for more information.

//The Baha Blog team

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

 

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

Using a Baha sound processor with a stethoscope

stethoscope

QuestionAny suggestions for using a Baha sound processor with a stethoscope? U.K. //Julia

Answer: Hi Julia.

There are a number of stethoscopes available that are compatible with Bluetooth. Many of these can be used with a Baha 5 Sound Processor together with a Phone Clip.

Always test before you buy to verify that the devices are functioning properly. Contact the companies for more details, for example Thinklabs and Cardionics offer a 30-day trial period. Good luck!

//The Baha Blog team