Baha implant and headaches

QuestionI am a migraneur who receives botox injections every 12 weeks and takes gabapentin and cymbalta daily to control chronic migraines. I have bilateral mixed hearing loss and have been approved for bilateral Baha 5 Attract surgery. I will be consulting with my neurologist as well.

I am wondering if there is any increase in headaches for Baha Attract recipients. Will I experience more migraines due to the implant after the recovery period from the surgery? //Virginia

Answer: Hi Virginia, thanks for your question.

While it is impossible to say that no one with a Baha Attract System implant suffers from headaches, there is no known issue and no registered complaints about increased prevalence of headaches after implantation. The Baha Attract System implant does not have any moving parts and surgery is typically considered relatively straightforward.

If there is a situation where the continued pressure from the magnet causes irritation, the external magnet and processor can be easily removed.

Please consult your implant surgeon and neurologist regarding your specific situation. Their collaboration should ensure the best possible outcome for your particular situation.

~ Jay Patterson, Product Manager, Implant & Surgery, Baha & Vistafix

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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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

In the news: Baha 5 helps Joshua hear again

After six years, a Morgan Hill [Palo Alto, California] boy has his hearing back. Thanks to some new technology and an incredible team of doctors at Stanford. Now, he hopes to inspire others who may be going through something similar.

“If you have a hearing aid, don’t think that people will bully you and be mean to you cause really you’re really special and it’s really something that’s good about you,” said Joshua.

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Watch the video and read the full article here.

In the news: The difference for Addison man is audible

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A great story from Addison, Wisconsin (USA):

Jon Haldemann’s telephone rang and rang and rang. Frightened and nervous — almost reluctant — he picked it up. It was a struggle for more than 25 years.
“Either when I was talking on the phone, I couldn’t get the phone in the right spot to hear people because the microphone was above the ear I had to have the phone in a weird position,” he said. “I couldn’t just stick it onto my ear. “A lot of times if I got in the right spot, it would cause a squeal. … I absolutely dreaded talking on the phone.”

Innovative technology now has him comfortable on the phone and in life, called the Baha 5 SuperPower Sound Processor. It is the first super-power bone conduction solution with smart, direct-to-device wireless technology for patients.

Read the whole article from the Daily News here.

Teenage life with the Baha Attract System

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Here’s a video of one of the first Baha Attract users in Poland, Beata, who shares a clip of her daily life – shopping, singing, hanging out with friends.

According to Beata’s parents, once they found out that the bone conduction hearing solution was going to be magnetic, the decision to get it was easy. For Beata it was important that it would look better. Once she has her sound processor off, the system is practically invisible since nothing is protruding through the skin.

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“I got colourful covers that I can change anytime I want,” says Beata. “I can match the colour of my clothes, I can match the colour of my nails… And if I want to make it invisible for nobody to see, I just wear the neutral one.”

Her parents insist that they have noticed “major improvements” in their daughter’s hearing.

“When she was walking on the sidewalk or crossing the street, she did not catch the other’s voices… she could get over run by a car or something,” says her father. “Now she’s aware of other sounds, she’s aware of what’s happening around her.”

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“I can hear a lot better, and I don’t have this feeling that the sound eludes me, I can just hear everything!” concludes Beata.

Read more: How the Baha Attract System works

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.