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 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!

 

 

 

The best things in life are sweet

How sweet is this?

Baha 5 user Marisa from Mallorca, Spain, shared these cute marzipan sweets in the shape of a Baha 5 SuperPower and a Baha 5 Power, with our Spanish friends.

Something to start practicing on for the holidays?

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How can I wear the Baha 5 SuperPower so I won’t get feedback?

QuestionI upgraded my Baha device to a Baha 5 SuperPower and am, for the most part, happy with the results. However, I am having feedback issues due to the close distance of the abutment to the sound processor. Do you ever recommend moving the abutment? // Rock

Answer: Dear Rock,

In some cases, people who upgrade to the Baha 5 SuperPower may find there is limited space between the abutment and the ear which could increase the risk for feedback. With this in mind, Cochlear created a flexible wearing system that allows you to wear the sound processor under the ear. We have developed a special ear hook to support this and have so far noted good results with this option.

Instead of moving the abutment, I recommend that you contact your hearing care professional to evaluate if wearing your sound processor under the ear instead of behind the ear could be a way to overcome the feedback.

~ Fredrik Breitholtz, Head of Training and Clinical Communication, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions

How do you decorate your Baha sound processor?

Ears are the newest trendy body part – at least according to New York Fashion Week! No news for us, right 🙂

We love seeing pictures of creative Baha users and how you decorate your sound processors. Some people even get tattoos to highlight their hearing loss or to sympathise with a loved one (although you certainly don’t need to go that far!). The picture of the dad from New Zealand who tattooed a cochlear implant just like his daughter’s went viral last year, and we’re sure there are lots of other creative ways of highlighting your hearing loss or blinging your sound processor.

Here are some ideas we’ve come across. Feel free to share your own – either here or on our Facebook page. We’d love to see how you decorate your or your child’s Baha sound processor!

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Keep in mind:

  1. Be careful not to let the tape or sticker cover the microphones
  2. Don’t use strong glue that can harm the surface of your sound processor
  3. Make sure the battery door is properly closed, as an open door could cause feedback

Please be aware that material in certain stickers and glue may contain substances that are not biocompatible and thus may cause skin reactions. Test it on your skin first!

Parents of young Baha 5 SuperPower user Molly: “The difference in such a short time is amazing!”

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In March 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the Baha 5 SuperPower Sound Processor for use in the United States, and Tufts Medical Center is one of the centers now offering the state-of-the-art technology.

One of the first patients fitted with the Baha 5 SuperPower  is young Molly. Her parents share:

“We just wanted to send you a quick update on Molly and her new hearing aid. She loves it and wears it all day! We have seen a huge difference in Molly since she started wearing the new one last one week. She is more vocal, more attentive, more engaged, and can definitely hear better. She even stopped and looked—while she was watching TV—when she heard a knock on the door. We have never seen her do this before!

Molly also sat on the couch and watched a DVD on TV while sitting next to Kaitlyn {her sister}. The microphone was connected to the TV, and she was very attentive and laughed and swayed when familiar songs came on like “Wheels on the Bus.” She sat next to Kaitlyn for about half an hour, which is something she has never done before for that long, and then they looked at books together. Normally she has to sit in a booster chair on a dining room chair closer to the TV and separate from Kaitlyn and the rest of us.

School has also seen a difference in Molly, as she has been more engaged, more aware, and making lots of vocalizations!! The difference in such a short time is amazing.”

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The Baha 5 SuperPower is the first and only behind-the-ear bone conduction sound processor, and users around the world report improved hearing and speech understanding, especially in noisy situations.

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Learn more about the Baha 5 SuperPower

In the news: Surgeons recommend the Baha 5 SuperPower

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From Consumer’s DigestDr. Eric Smouha (pictured), director of otology at Mount Sinai Hospital, and Michael Scott, auditory implant program coordinator at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, are among the prestigious surgeons who recommend the Baha 5 SuperPower to their hard of hearing patients.

Both believe that the product will provide a better quality of hearing than [patients] would [receive] with a conventional hearing aid. Dr. Smouha states that the technology that’s in the systems that lack a body-worn module wasn’t strong enough to address higher degrees of mixed hearing loss.

The SuperPower is the first and only head-worn bone conduction sound processor designed for moderate to severe mixed hearing loss, with a fitting range up to 65 dB SNHL. Thanks to the Baha EveryWear™ wearing options (that includes a body-worn configuration), people who can’t use an ear-level device can still use the Baha 5 SuperPower.

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Read also: Jim’s new super power!