“The Baha 5 Sound Processor has given me back my life, my true passion”

Shelly Shannon is a first grade teacher from Tampa, Florida. She is passionate about her work and the teacher-student exchange.

“I remember the day I woke up and I couldn’t hear. It took my life away”, says Shelly, worried she’d never be in the classroom again. She recounts the difficulties of working as a teacher affected by hearing loss and the exhaustion she’d experience after a day struggling to hear her students.

As soon as she received her Baha 5 Sound Processor, Shelly’s life came back to normal. The sounds she experiences are clear and crisp, regardless of the situation.

“We sit on the porch, listen to the birds sing, and even through the sound of the rain in the background, I can still have a wonderful conversation with my husband”, Shelly says.

With the Baha 5’s Made for iPhone technology, Shelly can easily stream music, TV shows, and video calls directly to her sound processor. Other features include the True Wireless technology, which, according to Shelly makes hearing even better. The TV streamer, the Phone Clip and the Mini Microphone simplify the experience of sound with no strings attached.

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

Skylar lost her hearing in a car accident – now she can hear again with the Baha Attract System

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A terrible car accident left 17-year old Skylar deaf and blind. Now – two years later, her vision is back on one eye and she can hear again thanks to the Baha Attract System.

“In July 2014, my dad and I were driving to church for youth group. Just as we entered an intersection, a driver in a raised pickup truck ran a red light, T-boning and plowing through our small Volkswagen Beetle […] The result was gruesome: My dad was killed instantly and I was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition.”

When Skylar woke up from her medically induced coma, it was to a traumatic brain injury and broken bones in her head, face, and the upper left side of her body. The left side of her face was completely paralyzed, she had profound hearing loss in both ears and was totally blind in her left eye.

After nine surgeries the doctors managed to save her shattered skull and repair her severed facial nerve. The hearing in her right ear came back unexpectedly after two weeks, but she was still completely deaf on her left side.

“I just kind of accepted the hearing loss and went about my life, trying to heal from all the other injuries. Until I had a follow-up appointment with my audiologist a few months later, when she told me I potentially qualified for a Baha device.

I had heard of Cochlear implants, but never bone-anchored hearing conduction devices. The technology was fascinating to me, and I was so excited that I could possibly regain some sound that we scheduled the Baha Attract surgery that very afternoon, for an operation two weeks later.”

Skylar was one of the Anders Tjellström scholarship winners this year, and is currently working as a summer intern in the US, supporting the Cochlear Recipient Services team. She says that she is glad she took the decision to get a Baha implant and that it has definitely changed her life for the better. She loves the magnet, too.

“The cool thing about the Baha Attract is that once the site healed from surgery, there was no more maintenance required. When I take off my processor there’s no sign that I have anything there, and the magnet isn’t strong enough to cause problems when I walk past lockers or fridges. (That was one of my actual concerns going into the procedure!)”

 

Read Skylar’s whole story here

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

Video: How the Baha Attract System works

The Baha Attract System is a comfortable and easy to use hearing system that requires no daily skin care. The sound processor is easy to handle, and snaps onto an external magnet to hold it in place, as seen in the video above.

Baha-5-magnet-hearing-aidJon and his wife noticed a great difference in his hearing after he got his Baha Attract System. Watch his story here.

 

In the news: teenager can hear again with the Baha Attract System

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Gage Hoskins, 15, is the first patient in Abilene, Texas, USA to receive a Baha Attract System.

The tiny hearing device is surgically implanted behind the ear and uses magnets to connect a sound processor to the implant.

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“Bone-anchored hearing aids are much crisper and much clearer,” said Dr. Jason Acevedo, of Abilene Regional Medical Center. “They’re very advanced technology. They have Bluetooth and they connect to your phone and you can listen to an iPod or talk on the phone right through the implant. It’s a specific technology that conducts sound through the bone for folks that have mechanism hearing loss.”

Gage says: “Before I got this, it sounded like everyone was kind of wearing a mask or something. Now I can hear so much clearer.”

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Watch the video and read the entire article here.

What do people think about the Baha Connect and the Baha Attract Systems?

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Question: I have lost most hearing in my left ear. My ENT and audiologist have demonstrated the Baha System, and I’m very favorably impressed. I want to decide whether to have the Baha Connect or Baha Attract method.

I’d like to know how many folks are currently using the Baha Connect System and how many are using the Baha Attract. What do they have to say about their choice? Is there a difference in cost? Is there a difference in post-surgery complications? I am concerned about the hygiene routines that the Connect System will require, and expect that the Baha Attract System would be more of a one-and-done experience for me. // Joseph

Answer: Dear Joseph,

The Baha System is indeed a great invention that has helped a number of people with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, or single-sided deafness (SSD).

The Baha System has been available for over 35 years and is used by more than 120,000 people around the world. Both the Baha Attract and Baha Connect Systems are clinically proven and successfully worn by thousands of people.

We recommend that you contact your hearing healthcare specialist to trial the sound processor on a Baha Softband. This will give you a good indication of the hearing experience you can expect with the Baha Attract System after surgery. Your hearing healthcare specialist is also the best person to help you choose the Baha System that best matches your individual needs and take you through the financial considirations.

You can find more information on the choice between the two systems to be found in this blog post.

Regarding the cost it is difficult to state a specific number as it varies from country to country. Your hearing care specialist will be able to tell you more.

Best of luck!

~ Martin Bryman, Senior Product Manager, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions