Baha 5 user Andria: “I can talk on the phone, handsfree, while driving!”

When Andria Lewis, USA, lost her hearing suddenly, it came as a complete shock to both her and her husband.

Unable to hear and participate in the conversations around her, she withdrew into herself and stopped going out. But with the help from her Baha System, she was gradually able to return to the person she was before her hearing loss – outgoing, sociable and fun-loving.

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One of the features she loves the most is being able to talk on the phone in her car – completely wireless.

“I could be driving and want to be handsfree. The phone rings and goes directly from the phone into my Baha 5 Sound Processor. It’s just been a godsend!”

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Andria also loves the Smart App which enables her to go out hiking with her husband and easily block out the wind – or just switch to a different setting while in an outdoor café, simply by using her smartphone.

“We can go out to dinner. And going out to dinner used to mean me missing 90% of what was said. Now I have the setting that can block out noise, and I can actually sit and dine with my husband and have a conversation. It’s just such a pleasure.”

Read more: The Baha 5 Sound Processor: incredibly small – and unbelievably smart

Cochlear introduces the smart head-worn Baha 5 SuperPower sound processor

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We are happy to announce the global approval of the Cochlear Baha 5 SuperPower Sound Processor!

This is the first and only head-worn “bone conduction sound processor” designed for moderate to severe mixed hearing loss. It has a fitting range up to 65 dB SNHL (the yellow/orange part of this audiogram).

People with this degree of hearing loss often struggle more than most to hear and understand speech, especially in noisy situations. Today, the body-worn Baha Cordelle II is the only super power sound processor on the market. Since its introduction in 1999 though, technology has moved forward with digital signal processing and smart features like wireless connectivity.

The Baha 5 SuperPower comes equipped with the same True Wireless™ connectivity; Bluetooth Smart; Made for iPhone technology and advanced signal processing as the industry-leading Baha 5 Sound Processor!

It is regulatory approved in the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. A number of selected clinics in Europe have begun to fit patients.

“Patient response has been extremely positive,” says Mats Dotevall, Director of Design & Development, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB. “Early results from the first fittings in European clinics show very positive outcomes and great patient satisfaction in terms of loudness, speech understanding, sound quality and wireless functionality.”

The Baha 5 SuperPower combines both Baha bone conduction and Nucleus (a cochlear impant system) technologies in one ground breaking new device. What’s really exciting about this product is the new Baha EveryWear™ wearing options (that includes a body-worn configuration). This flexible solution means that people who can’t use an ear-level device can still use the Baha 5 SuperPower.

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The SuperPower can be worn either on the head…

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… or the body, depending on your needs or preferences.

 

“Innovation is at the forefront of what we do,” says Rom Mendel, General Manager, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB. “We constantly strive to think differently so we can provide cutting edge technology to help those who need it most. The fact that we are able to leverage our broad range of world-leading hearing solutions to meet the needs of a struggling patient population is very rewarding.”

Although the Baha 5 SuperPower is regulatory approved in many countries, full commercial availability is expected this summer.

 

 

Read the global Cochlear press release

 

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

Can I connect my Baha 5 Sound Processor to PC or TV?

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Question: Hi, I was wondering. The Baha 5 Sound Processor comes with Bluetooth Connectivity to iPhones and Phone Clips for Android Phones. Does this also mean there is a way for me to connect to other Bluetooth devices such as a PC or TV? // Luka

Answer: Dear Luka,

You are right, the Baha 5 Sound Processor comes with built in Bluetooth connectivity to iPhone and iPad. This will connect you directly to the Apple device with no need for extra accessories. This works with iOS phones and iPads. You can use the Phone clip to connect to other phones, like Android phones and other Bluetooth devices. Please note that the device you are connecting to has to have the same Bluetooth protocol. Therefore, older devices may not be compatible.

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

Cochlear and GN Resound have formed the Smart Hearing Alliance

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Cochlear is strengthening the relationship with GN ReSound!

Last week it was announced that Cochlear Limited, global leader in implantable hearing solutions and GN ReSound, leader in Smart Hearing aids, will collaborate to develop the world’s smartest bimodal hearing solutions! The Smart Hearing Alliance will improve the hearing outcomes for more people of all ages with moderate to profound hearing loss.

GN ReSound CEO Anders Hedegaard says:

“GN ReSound is committed to advancing what is possible for people with hearing loss. This collaborative offering will help us change the lives of so many more people.”

Cochlear and GN ReSound have had a successful history of collaborating on technology and product development, resulting in the implantable hearing industry’s first bimodal solution using True Wireless. With GN ReSound’s leading 2.4 GHz wireless technology, recipients of Nucleus 6 and Baha 5 implants can stream sound directly to their ears completely without wires or bulky neck-worn components!

“This is a big step forward for our customers and professionals,” says Cochlear CEO Chris Smith. “The majority of cochlear implant recipients are bimodal users, so simplifying the management and improving the performance of their hearing solutions will be a huge benefit.”

Read more about this exciting collaboration here.