Checklist for parents of a child with a Baha system

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Baha Attract user Alex with mom Chrissy

If your child recently has, or is about to have, Baha surgery, there are some things to think about – especially directly afterwards. You will find answers to most of your questions in the support section on www.cochlear.com or the Support App.

Here’s a short checklist on how you can support your child at home in the best way!

After surgery 

DO maintain good daily hygiene to avoid redness or soreness
DON’T let dirt get into the abutment – use the press-on abutment cover whenever your child is not wearing the Baha sound processor
DO wash your child’s hair carefully and use an alcohol-free abutment cleaning wipe to keep the skin clean
DON’T rub the implant area dry, but gently pat it instead

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Cleaning the abutment area

DO clean the outside of the abutment daily using mild soap and plenty of warm water
DON’T leave any hair wrapped around the abutment
DO clean the inside of the abutment weekly, using the abutment cleaning wipe
DON’T ignore soreness or inflammation – contact your health care professional if your child is sore or if the abutment should feel loose

Caring for the Baha sound processor

DO clean the sound processor regularly with a sound processor cleaning wipe, and clean the snap with the small sound processor brush
DON’T leave the battery inside the Baha sound processor after use, as this drains battery life

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Baha Attract user Isabella with mom and younger brother

Baha Sound Processor Magnet

DO keep the magnet away from magnetic cards (e.g. credit cards, bus cards, etc.) as the magnetic strip may be affected
DON’T place any other magnets (e.g. fridge magnets) over the implant
DO keep the magnet clean by using a soft wipe
DON’T use running water

Washing the Baha Softband

DO hand wash your child’s softband in 40°C (104°F)
DON’T tumble-dry

Watch: Melissa, mother of Isabella, shares their surgery experience in the video below:

Is there a better sound processor than the BP100?

QuestionHello, hope you are doing great. I am currently using the Baha BP100 and I am wondering if there is a new processor that increases/improves clarity and sound.

Thank you in advance.
Alejandra

Answer: Hi Alejandra! There is indeed. The Baha 5 Sound Processor offers clear, crisp, high-quality sound – and is packed full of advanced hearing technologies.

Since the launch, the Baha 5 Sound Processor has proven very successful. The small size, sound quality and wireless audio streaming directly to and from a range of accessories and from your iPhone have all been very appreciated by people upgrading from the BP100. There are numerous testimonials available from Baha users, such as this one, on the benefits they have perceived with this new sound processor. You should definitely talk to your health care professional and ask if you can evaluate how it would work for you.

Best of luck!

//The Baha Blog team

baha-5-baha-4-comparisonThe Baha 5 compared to the Baha 4 Sound Processor which is the same size as the BP100

Going from the abutment to the magnetic Baha Attract System

Question: I got the abutment implanted in October of 2009, received my Baha BP100 Sound Processor in January of 2010. I had several issues with feedback and we couldn’t get it to quit. The feedback was sporadic and everyday. I have quit wearing the processor because of the pain from the feedback.

Here lately the area around the abutment is tender and sore to the touch. I also keep feeling like the skin is trying to grow around the edges, but it hurts to clean the skin off. My doctor said it doesn’t appear to be infected and has recommended that I upgrade to the Baha 5 Sound Processor. He also recommended I change from the abutment to the new Baha Attract System.

Has anyone changed from the abutment to the Baha Attract? Are there feedback issues like I had before?

Thanks for any help. I just don’t want to start fighting my insurance and getting another surgery for no gain. // John

Answer: Hi John, sorry to hear about your struggles.

Both the Baha Connect and Baha Attract Systems are well-proven and have helped thousands of people all over the world. The difference between the two is the way that the sound processor attaches to the implant.

In the Baha Connect System, that you are using, the sound processor snaps on to an abutment. In the Baha Attract System the sound processor is attached to a sound processor magnet. Another magnet is fixed to the implant under the skin and the sound processor is held in place on your head by the two magnets. So the Baha Attract System is practically invisible when the sound processors are not attached, since the implants are hidden beneath the skin.

In answer to your question, yes we know of several people who successfully have gone from the Baha Connect to the Baha Attract System. In the global consensus outcomes of 2014, a group of experienced Baha surgeons from USA and Europe all agreed that good outcomes may be achieved when transitioning patients from an abutment to a magnetic connection. It’s recommended that an evaluation of the hearing experience with the Baha sound processor on a Softband is done before switching systems, to give you an idea of what your hearing will be like.

Since the launch, the Baha 5 Sound Processor has proven very successful. The small size, sound quality and wireless audio streaming directly to and from a range of accessories and from your iPhone, have all been very appreciated by people upgrading from the BP100. You will definitely notice a big improvement in your hearing experience.

Your hearing healthcare specialist will recommend what hearing solution is best for you.

Best of luck!

//The Baha Blog team

Read more: “It’s so light, I even forget I have it on” – Baha 5 Attract user Jon

Video: How the Baha Connect System works

The Baha Connect System is a well-proven bone conduction hearing system. It features Cochlear’s unique minimally invasive DermaLock technology which helps preserves the hair and skin around the abutment, thus improving the aesthetics after surgery. Watch how it works in the video above.

baha-5-blond-sound-processorWatch how fitness instructor Carole’s Baha 5 Sound Processor stays on during her spinning class here.

Read more about the Baha Connect System

Can you feel the abutment while sleeping?

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QuestionDoes the Baha Connect System cause any discomfort in use? Can the abutment put pressure on my head in contact with mattress while I am sleeping? // Wesley

Answer: Hi Wesley,

Most people cannot “feel” the implant or abutment once the implant site and surrounding skin have healed after the surgery.. This usually resolves over time. You may hear some sounds as you rub the implant against a pillow or similar, but there is an abutment cover available to cover it if it bothers you.

Your hearing care professional will be able to provide more information about the expected healing time and possible side effects.

~ The Baha Blog team

In the news: Baha surgery transformed 15-year old Joey’s life

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Surgeons at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital in the UK have helped transform the life of 15-year old Joey Mains by helping him hear fully for the first time.

From Chronicle Live:

15-year old Joey Mains eyes “lit up” when Newcastle doctors uttered the first words he had ever heard clearly.

For years Joey had suffered hearing and ear problems, struggling at school he was forced to learn to lip read as his confidence hit rock bottom.

Now, after an operation to fit a bone conduction hearing device at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, Joey’s life has been transformed forever. Previously, although his speech was good, his social skills in school weren’t developing well and his self esteem was hurting. Now he’s much more outgoing – and confident.

“I now realise that all along, I’d never known what it was like to be able to hear properly, to really know what the world sounded like […] I feel much more confident in myself. I can keep up with conversations.”

Baha 4 Sound Processor

At first, Joey wanted to put off the Baha operation after having to undergo no less than nine surgeries for mastoid problems between the age of four and 12.

But the Baha procedure was much easier than he thought and he returned home the same day!

Two weeks later, he was back to have his sound processor fitted – and suddenly the world became a different place.

His mother Karin says:

“Mr Johnson, the surgeon, stood behind him and said a few words which, of course, Joey couldn’t hear. Then he put the Baha sound processor on, and went back again. Suddenly Joey could hear what he was saying. I’ll always remember that moment. Joey’s eyes lit up. It was like someone had thrown a light switch. I started crying with tears of joy and relief.”

Read more: Signs of hearing loss in children

Musician needs help with Bluetooth streaming

Question: I am a musician and sometimes have to play in noisy environments. I would like to be able to hear the music we are performing through my Baha 4 Sound Processor. The noise of the crowd sometimes makes it difficult to hear what we are playing, which makes it very difficult to play. Will a Bluetooth transmitter, hooked up to our mixer’s headphone or phono jack, send the music we are playing to my Baha 4 without latency?

Which transmitter, a 3.5 or 4.0, will work best? I have a Phone Clip that I use with my iPhone. Will the Bluetooth transmitter connect directly with my sound processor or will I need to use the Phone Clip? How far away from the transmitter can I be and still get the sound in my Baha 4 Sound Processor?

Thank you in advance for your help. //Jamie

Answer: Hi Jamie!

You can use the Phone Clip and pair it with another Bluetooth device.  The Bluetooth specification used in the Phone Clip is Bluetooth 2.1. Does the mixer table have Bluetooth? If not, there is a way to solve this:

Since the mixer has a line-in jack/headphone jack, then you can easily use a Cochlear Wireless Mini Microphone and connect it with a jack cable. The Mini Microphone then has a 7 meters range from where it is placed to your sound processor.

If you would like to focus on the streamed music, discuss with your hearing care professional the option of programming your sound processor to only transmit the streamed audio from the Mini Microphone. This way the sound processor will not pick up any of the surrounding sounds/noises when the Mini Microphone is streaming audio. Another option is to program the sound processor to enhance the streamed audio with 6 dB to enable you to still hear the surrounding sounds.

When using the Mini Microphone, the latency is less than 20 ms.

~ Karin Humble, Senior Product Manager Wireless Accessories, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions

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The Cochlear Wireless Mini Microphone and Phone Clip

Read more about the wireless accessories here