Which should I get – the Baha Attract or Baha Connect System?

Question: I am in the process of deciding on the Baha bone conduction hearing solution. Do you have reviews on the Baha Attract System vs. the ‘snap’ or screw system? My doctor thinks the snap provides better sound and will have less potential complications. Is there a concern with skin compression issues with the magnetic system? //Julie Spencer

Answer: Dear Ms. Spencer,

Thank you for your question and it is great to hear that you are deciding on a bone conduction system.

The choice between the Baha Attract System and the Baha Connect System is highly individual, and it depends on your level of hearing loss as well as other factors.

To help you select the system that best meets your needs, we recommend that you 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. Always discuss with your health care professional what the best option is for you.

The Baha Connect System offers the benefit of direct bone conduction without any dampening of the sound signal. It is also a good option for people who need frequent MRI scans.

The Baha Attract System offers the benefit of less skin care because the skin remains intact. It has been specifically designed for good wearing comfort. With this system one should account for some sound dampening because the signal travels through the skin, but that may not be a problem for many users.

There is some more information on the choice between the two systems to be found in this blog post.

Good luck with your choice!

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

Tip of the week: How to clean the area around the abutment

Following Baha surgery, it is important to maintain the area around abutment to keep it clean and healthy. The best way of cleaning the area is to follow these steps:

First weeks after surgery: Once the dressing is removed, you can carefully wash your hair and use an alcohol-free abutment cleaning wipe to keep the skin clean.Baha-blog-abutment

Daily cleaning: A few weeks after surgery, start cleaning the outside of the abutment daily using mild soap and plenty of warm water. An abutment cleaning wipe should be used to remove any hair or debris around the base of the abutment. Once clean, gently dry the area with a clean towel or tissue.

Weekly cleaning: After approximately 12 weeks, start cleaning the inside of the abutment on a weekly basis, using the wipes (or a soft cleaning brush*) to avoid damaging the sound processor.

If you experience redness or soreness:

  • Keep the abutment site completely clean using alcohol-free wet wipes
  • If using the soft abutment cleaning brush, don’t brush too vigorously as this can irritate the skin
  • If the problem persists, apply a mild antibiotic cream/ointment

If inflammation occurs or if the abutment feels loose, contact your hearing care professional. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to get regular check-ups every six months.

If you have a smartphone, make sure you download the Baha Support App so you can troubleshoot at any time.

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*Not recommended during the first 12 weeks. If you use a soft cleaning brush, please remember to always rinse it in mild soap and warm water and let it air dry. Change the brush every three months, or if you have had an infection. If you have bilateral implants, use two separate cleaning brushes (one for each abutment), to avoid cross-contamination.

Tip of the week: what to do if you get your Baha sound processor wet

Every Wednesday, Mark Flynn, PhD, Cochlear’s Audiologist and Director of Research and Applications, gives his best Baha tips!

While prevention is best, sometimes accidents do happen! If you get your Baha sound processor wet, we recommend that you right away turn it off, open the battery door and remove the battery. Then place it in a dry-aid kit overnight. If you don’t have access to a dry-aid kit, let it dry with the battery compartment open in a warm and dry place for a long time. Often a small container with some rice or silica gel (e.g. like you get with running shoes) can be a solution as well. Discuss with your health care professional about how to get a dry-aid kit like the ones pictured below.

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Do NOT try to speed up the drying process with a hair dryer or hand dryer, as the heat and rapid air might damage the electrical components. Also avoid leaving it in direct sunlight.

Once you are sure that all parts of your sound processor are completely dry, try putting the battery back in and turning it on. If it works just like before , you can go on without taking any further action. If you experience any problems whatsoever, contact your health care professional to get your sound processor repaired.

For more tips check out the support section on Cochlear.com!