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

In the news: Baha Attract surgery helps people hear again

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Seven-year-old Paige from Wisconsin, USA, was born with single-sided deafness and no ear canal on her right side.

As an infant she wore a Baha Softband, allowing her to hear and communicate just like other children. Now, at seven, she was finally fitted with a Baha 5 Attract System!

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”It’s a little more freeing”, Audiologist Sarah Childress of SSM Health said. ”So if they want to take it off and go swimming or do other activities there isn’t a post getting in the way. The other issue is the device itself has been upgraded so the computer chip on the inside is working much better, and it’s able to pair wirelessly with technology, which is giving patients an easier time out in the real world and it actually goes directly to iPhone so they can make some adjustment using an app on their phone.”

A piece of technology that could help many.

“There’s certainly a lot of patients out there that could benefit from this technology that don’t know about it so hopefully we can serve those people,” Dr. Justin McNamar added.

See the video and read the whole story here!

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Please take a Baha user survey

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We are now seeking Baha 5 Sound Processor recipients using the Baha 5 Smart App, either regularly or sporadically, to participate in a new survey. Please note that in this specific survey, we are only requesting participants aged 50 years and over.

The primary objective of this survey is to evaluate the usefulness and usability of the Baha 5 Smart App. An additional aim is to investigate which functions in the Baha 5 Smart App that are most frequently used.

The survey consists of 17 questions and estimated time for completion is about 10 minutes. Responses will only be presented as group data, meaning your answers will not be traceable back to you.

As we strive to evaluate and improve the Baha 5 Smart App, your opinions and feedback are very important to us! To participate in the survey, please click on the link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LVCKZVD

This survey is part of the SHiEC (Supporting Hearing in Elderly Citizens) project and is supported by Ambient Assisted Living (AAL-2013-6-065) and Vinnova. To learn more about the SHiEC project, please visit the project website:   www.SHiEC.eu

 

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Baha 5 Smart App – now for Android!

You asked for it and now it’s here! An Android version of the Baha 5 Smart App is available on Google Play!

With the Baha 5 Smart App you can control your Cochlear Baha 5, Baha 5 Power or Baha 5 SuperPower Sound Processor directly from your compatible smartphone.

The iOS version is also available from the App Store.

The Baha 5 Family powers up!

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In 2015, Cochlear launched the Baha 5 Sound Processor. With True Wireless sound streaming and Made for iPhone technology, it is the smallest and smartest sound processor in the industry.

However, we also wanted to give these benefits to people with greater hearing losses. So we took the small and smart – and made it more powerful with two new options: Baha 5 SuperPower and the all new Baha 5 Power Sound Processor.

The Baha System is now the only bone conduction system to offer three head-worn sound processors, each one designed to meet different levels of hearing loss and individual preferences.

baha-5-blond-sound-processorBaha 5 Sound Processor – for hearing loss up to 45 dB SNHL

“Incredibly small” is what many people say when they first see the Baha 5 Sound Processor. And it’s true. The award winning Baha 5 is 20% smaller than all other comparable sound processors – yet full of the most advanced hearing technologies.

Baha-SuperPower-Attract-magnetBaha 5 SuperPower – for hearing loss up to 65 dB SNHL

The Baha 5 SuperPower was regulatory approved in several countries earlier this year. It’s the first head-worn super power sound processor in bone conduction. Usually worn behind the ear, it also offers other wearing options designed to fit your unique needs and lifestyle.

 

wearing-Baha-5-PowerBaha 5 Power – for hearing loss up to 55 dB SNHL

And finally – the new amazingly smart power sound processor, the Baha 5 Power, which gives you the amplification you need in every listening environment. Like the other two, it’s compatible with the unique Bluetooth® technology designed by Apple, and is a Made for iPhone Hearing Device that let you stream sound directly from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The Baha 5 sound processors can connect to a range of wireless accessories. The True Wireless range of devices let you watch TV without disturbing others, help you hear speech in noisy or crowded environments and can connect you to all types of electronic devices. The direct-to-device connections between each accessory and your sound processor have one thing in common – there are no strings attached.

Surround yourself with the sounds you love!

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Your hearing care professional will recommend which system is best suited to your individual needs.

Apple’s new Accessibility collection features the Baha 5 Smart App

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Apple makes great efforts to raise awareness of and advocate for accessibility, especially for people with disabilities.

“We see accessibility as a basic human right,” says Sarah Herrlinger, Senior Manager for Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives at Apple. “Building into the core of our products supports a vision of an inclusive world where opportunity and access to information are barrier-free, empowering individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals.”

On Apple’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day May 19, they updated their Accessibility apps collection, highlighting iOS apps and developers who are helping make the world better for all. The apps are categorized by need, including vision, hearing, speech, and what Apple calls “Accessible Home with Siri.” Like it does with its other app collections, Apple refreshes the accessibility one periodically. Importantly, these updates help spread the word about developers who offer great, albeit specialized, apps.

Among them is Cochlear’s Baha 5 Smart App!

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The Smart App lets you optimise your hearing experience directly from your iPhone.  You can quickly and easily change programs, adjust volume and even play around with the treble and bass. You can save custom settings for certain locations and get help finding your sound processor if you misplace it – all done smoothly and discreetly via your iPhone. If you are using a Baha 5 Sound Processor, don’t miss out on this amazing technology – download it here!

The collection is primarily available in English speaking countries like the US, Canada and Australia.

Read more: Victor loves the Baha 5 technology

How do I talk and stream music from my iPhone to my Baha 5 Sound Processor?

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QuestionHello,
I am getting ready to get my new Baha 5 Sound Processor fitted next month, and I am wondering if I need a phone clip to pair my iPhone to my sound processor to talk and stream music from my phone? Please help I’m not sure how the new technology on the new Baha sound processor works.

Thanks a million, talk to you soon. //Keyaira

Answer: Dear Keyaria,

Congratulations on getting the Baha 5 Sound Processor!

With it, you can stream audio and phone calls directly from your iPhone, as long as it is a newer model (iPhone 5 or iPhone 6) without the need to use the Cochlear Wireless Phone Clip.

For more information, check out: Smart tip: pairing and connecting your Baha 5 Sound Processor to your iPhone

On top of that, you can download the Baha Smart App to control and personalise your hearing experience directly from your iPhone.

Click here to download the app for free, and then pair your iPhone to your sound processor:

  • Ensure your Baha 5 Sound Processor is turned OFF by opening the battery door
  • On your iPhone, turn on Bluetooth under Devices
  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility >Hearing Aids
  • Turn ON your Baha 5 Sound Processor by closing the battery door. It’s now discoverable for 120 seconds.
  • Tap the name of your sound processor, once it appears
  • Accept pairing request

If your Baha 5 Sound Processor is paired, has a live battery, and is turned on, it will automatically connect once you start the Baha 5 Smart App. When the app is connected for the first time, it may need additional time to read required data from your sound processor.

Best of luck!

The Baha Blog team