Quick guide: How to attach and remove your child’s Baha sound processor

If your child has a Baha System, there are some things you need to know – and also eventually train other caregivers, such as teachers, grandparents or preschool personnel. Here’s a guide on how to correctly take their sound processors on and off.

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Does your child use the Baha Connect System? The Baha sound processor is designed to “snap” onto the abutment. Attach the sound processor at a slight angle and tilt it into place, taking care to keep any hair out of the way. The tilt technique reduces pressure on the abutment and prevents discomfort.

To remove the sound processor, gently tilt it until it snaps off. Never pull the sound processor straight out as doing so may damage it.

If the snap coupling should break, send the Baha sound processor for repair.

How to attach and remove the magnet

how-to-attach-baha-attract-magnetIf your child has the Baha Attract System, there is an external magnet with a sound processor attached which is simply placed on the head, over the internal magnet. You do, however, need to attach the Baha sound processor correctly to the magnet.

  1. Holding the magnet flat in your hand, tilt the sound processor with the buttons positioned upwards and gently snap it into place
  2. Attach the Baha Safety Line to the sound processor
  3. Place the magnet and sound processor over the implant behind your child’s ear, with the arrow on the magnet pointing upwards

Tip: The less hair underneath the magnet, the more firm the device stays on.

When taking the device off, grasp the sound processor with the magnet still attached, and gently pull it away from the head. Place one finger under the sound processor and gently tilt until it releases.

 

How to fit the Baha Softband

If your child is wearing a Baha Softband, you need to know how to fit it correctly. Children tend to push the band up on top of their head, like a hairband, but the best results are achieved when wearing the band on the forehead and the sound processor as close to the ear as possible.

baha-softband-instructionsThe Baha Softband is fitted with one or two snap connectors and a safety release (C), which are designed to open if the softband should catch on an object. Never use the safety release to open or close the softband.

The bilateral version has two sliders: one for adjusting the total length and one for adjusting the distance between the snap connectors.

  1.  First, adjust the length of the softband (B)
  2. Attach the sound processor to the snap connector (A)
  3. Place the Baha Softband on the head and adjust it to fit comfortably. A rule of thumb is that you should be able to insert one finger underneath the band.
  4. Turn the volume on the sound processor up slowly

Baha-Softband-tips-childrenAll done! Off you go!

Read also: Six Softband tips

“I wish everybody who had a hearing loss could experience what I’m hearing now”

On the day Debra Brant, 54 got her Baha sound processor fitted, she cried:

“It was like hearing for the first time. Hearing on both sides and getting back the stereo sound I lost was fantastic – it was emotionally overwhelming.”

Her hearing loss started on her right side as a child and continued throughout her childhood. As doctors told her that hearing aids would not really help, she simply learned to “live with it”. A few years ago Debra underwent surgery that left her with practically no hearing on her right side.

It was then that she was first told about the Baha System, that it would be the best choice for her type of hearing loss. Debra was able to try out the Baha sound processor on a Softband before surgery, something that really helped her make her decision. Thanks to this opportunity she was able to hear the difference and decided to move forward.

“The Baha 5 System has been life-changing because, for the first time in my life — in over 50 years — I can hear on both sides”, says Debra. “Now, instead of feeling isolated when there’s a family gathering and people are talking, I can hear.”

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(Picture: Debra and her two daughters)

The Baha 5 Sound Processor is compatible with all Cochlear Wireless Accessories. The wireless Mini Microphone helps Debra a lot in her daily life. If one of her daughter wears it while out shopping, Debra can hear both her daughter’s voices if they walk close together. She can even hear them if she’s in the dressing room and they’re outside. Being a teacher, she can put the Mini Mic in the middle of the room and it enhances what the students are saying.

The Baha 5 Smart App enables her to discreetly change programs and activate wireless streaming with her iPhone.

“The made-for-iPhone technology makes life so much easier because the app gives me accessibility to adjusting the volume just using my iPhone.  I can adjust the treble, the bass.  It will give me an alert when my processor is running low.”

Soon, Debra is going to be a grandmother for the first time. One of her daughters is expecting a little boy!

“I am fully looking forward to having a little grandson and I won’t miss out on a single thing in his life, like I did when my girls were babies. I want to get the most out of life that I can because I can hear. I’m not missing anything.”

Trying the Baha solution before surgery

QuestionI had a sudden lost of hearing in my left ear and am planning on having Baha surgery the end of this month (May 2016). I was wondering if the Baha System has a program where potential candidates could use the headband version (like those used for babies and young children) for a short trial period in different environments.

While I tried it in the office on a headset, and was amazed at the difference, if would be very helpful to use in the everyday environment (such as at work, concerts, group settings). If yes, how do I have my ENT request it or if not, it would be, I think, a very good option for future candidates. Thank you // Linda

Answer: Hi Linda!

You are indeed right in that one of the many benefits with the Baha System is that you can try it before surgery. By using a Baha sound processor on a Softband you will get a good idea of what your hearing will be like – and the best thing is of course if you are able to take it home and try it out in different surroundings for a couple of weeks. Clinics may have different practices and procedures regarding pre-surgical trials. We recommend that you contact your hearing care professional to discuss the possibility of getting a Baha trial on a Softband.

Best of luck!

//The Baha Blog team

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  1. Elasticated headband (free from natural rubber latex)
  2. Universal slider
  3. Built-in safety release
  4. Snap connector
  5. Baha SoftWear Pad
  6. Colour and pattern options

 

How well does the Baha solution represent music in stereo?

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QuestionHi there! I have a question with regards to the Baha System and music.

About 8 months ago I lost hearing in my left ear as a result of an infection and head injury. I’m booked in for diagnostic tests to consider my eligibility for implants, but my doctor has said that a Baha solution might be good for me. I never considered an implant until recently, but now I’m starting to come around to the idea.

My major qualm with an implant would be my enjoyment of music. Before my accident I was a huge music fan. I produced music as a hobby, played instruments, and loved listening to new artists and going to festivals. However since I got my SSD I’ve found it difficult to produce the same enthusiasm I once did, music seems blander than it once did, although I still enjoy it. Admittedly a lot of this disappointment is likely a result of the long-term tinnitus I’ve been experiencing, loud noises tend to make the tinnitus louder.

My question is: do you have any information about how well the Baha solution represents music in stereo? I imagine it will never be the same as two ears, but can it help recover some of the fine details I’ve been missing? Can it easily distinguish between pitches? And is there a risk of the tinnitus coming back after the implant?

Huge thanks for taking the time to read, I look forward to your reply. // Elliot

Answer: Hi there!

You are right in that your hearing might not be exactly the same as it used to – but with today’s technologies, you can expect the Cochlear Baha solution to offer better sound quality than ever before. One of the many benefits with the Baha System is that you can try it before surgery. By using a Baha sound processor on a Softband you’ll get a good idea of what your hearing will be like.

Also you should be aware that the dynamic range of music and speech is different. As music listening seems to be one of your key requests I would recommend that you ask your hearing care specialist to create a music program for the sound processor as you evaluate the benefit of the Baha System. This will make sure that music is represented in a good way by the system.

You can also listen via the wireless Mini Mic where you can adjust the level, so that the peaks of music do not overdrive the microphones.

Stereo representation will not be restored as it was before your accident as you now only hear with one ear (the Baha System will send the sound from your deaf side to the hearing ear via bone conduction). However, you should be able to pick up more details as some of the bland sounds you’re experiencing is due to the higher frequency sounds from your deaf side being shadowed by your head.

Regarding tinnitus there are no reports of increasing tinnitus problems for Baha users, on the contrary, there are actually reports on tinnitus relief after getting a Baha System. However, many factors influence this and the best person to answer any questions about this will be your hearing care specialist.

Best of luck!

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

Cochlear donates Baha Softbands to people in need in Indonesia

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This October, a team of volunteers from the ENT/Audiology team of Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+) Netherlands, travelled to the island of Lombok in Indonesia to provide health care, support and guidance on site.

The team provides voluntary help based on their own resources supported by the donations of others, such as medicine, materials, diagnostic equipment, hearing aids, assistive listening devices etc. Cochlear was one of the sponsors and donated a number of Baha Softbands for the team to take with them.

According to the team:

“Although there appears to be a lot of deaf and hearing impaired people on Lombok, there are barely any hearing devices. People have to fly or sail to Bali, where it costs about € 200 to get a hearing aid. For the local standards this is a lot of money. Deaf or hard of hearing children are usually considered stupid or crazy.”

The mission of this team of specialists was to check the ears and the hearing of those children, provide their surroundings with information on the different types of deafness and when indicated help those children to hear better by providing them with hearing devices.

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The team was stationed in a school for disabled children and performed local ENT & Audiology consultations with ear/hearing checks and direct treatments for local people with limited resources. The transfer of knowledge is very important. The specialists provide as much information as they can to the local teachers and medics. The impact of diagnostics and treatment is high, as is the gratitude of the locals. Pain (often chronic inflammation) is remedied. The hearing and communication of children and local people can often be improved by treatment and fitting of hearing aids.

During two weeks of help more than 260 people were seen by the ENT physician, the hearing status of more than 90 people was evaluated, 25 patients were rehabilitated with 30 hearing aids, 40 ear molds were made and two patients were helped with a bone conduction device. This resulted in many happy faces back and forth.

cochlear-donates-baha-softband-indonesiaCochlear-donates-Baha-Softbands-to-poor-childrenThe team in action. They were facilitated by many donors, who provided them with medication, hearing aids,materials and assistive listening devices.


Cochlear-donates-hearing-aids-IndonesiaA young man from the inlands of Lombok who suffered chronic ear infections in the past can now hear better again by using a bone conduction hearing device on a Baha Softband provided by Cochlear

 

 

Early treatment of hearing loss helps children’s development

Treating babies with hearing loss has a positive effect on their future learning.

Various studies show that children who suffer from mild and moderate hearing loss are not given enough support in school, which has negative effects on their academic achievements. An Australian long-term study found evidence that early treatment of hearing loss, as young as six months, benefits children’s development. The study followed 450 Australian children with hearing loss. From birth and through school, the children’s long-term speech, language, psycho-social and educational outcomes have been measured and compared.

Lead researcher of the study, Dr. Teresa Ching, stresses the importance of early intervention:

“Our assessment of the children at 5 years clearly shows that the earlier the intervention the better the outcome for the child’s development. Early detection and early treatment is vital before development delays set in.”

If your child has a conductive hearing loss or is deaf in one ear, a Baha Softband can help. It’s designed specifically for infants and toddlers and is an ideal first step for children not yet ready for an implant. It is also a practical way to evaluate if your child can benefit from a bone conduction hearing solution.

Lucy, Baha Softband user, USA

Lucy, Baha Softband user, USA

 

Read more about different types of hearing loss, how each can affect your child and how they can be treated

 

Trying on a Baha Softband

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Here’s a blog by Carly – “Miss Single Sided” – who has SSD and just tried on a Baha Softband for the first time.

Carly is 32 years old and blogs about her experience with single-sided deafness and hoping to be a candidate for a Baha System. Check out her blog!

Read more: Baha Softband – the most comfortable solution