Deciding between the Baha Connect and the Baha Attract System

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The fantastic thing about hearing is that it’s one sense that can actually be restored. Not complete, 100% perfect hearing – but almost.

Still, a majority of hearing impaired people don’t get help. Why?

Well, there are a number of reasons, but one that stands out the most is vanity, or concerns about the way it looks. People don’t want something on their head, even though it makes them hear. There is still a stigma connected to hearing loss.

Luckily, both people’s perceptions and technologies are going forward. Today’s bone conduction solutions are smaller and more hi-tech than ever. And with the magnetic Baha Attract System, nothing even breaks the skin, which makes it an appealing option for those who don’t like the idea of an abutment.

Here is a blog written by a 28 year-old woman with hearing loss, who has come to the realization that:

“Suddenly, I was facing the reality that I was going to be the girl with the hearing aid. And you know what? I’m ok with it. For me, it’s better than being the girl who can’t hear.”

Currently the writer is deciding between the Baha Connect and the Baha Attract System, and lists the pros and cons* from her point of view. The content is written by her and represents her own journey.

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Read also: British actor Billy Coughlin had his hearing restored with the Baha Attract System

Do YOU have any questions regarding the difference between the two systems? Let us know in the Ask the expert-section. (For personal guidance, always discuss with your health care professional what the best option is for you.)

* According to Cochlear recommendations, the fitting time after Baha Attract surgery is 4 weeks.

In the news: Actor Billy Coughlin had his hearing restored with the Baha Attract System

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Young British actor Billy Coughlin who we wrote about in April, is featured in an article in Dailymail about his experience with the Baha Attract System:

A revolutionary magnetic implant has restored the hearing of a young actor who went deaf in one ear at the age of 17 – and gives new hope to the thousands of Britons who cannot benefit from traditional hearing aids.

Billy Coughlin, 22, from Birmingham, underwent the groundbreaking procedure in March and says:

“I can now hear the smallest noises, like footsteps. It sounds silly but these are things I’ve not been able to hear for five  or six years. I finally feel I’m my normal self again.”

Surgeon Matthew Trotter Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham explains:

“The great thing about this new implant is there is no screw poking out. The receiver attaches to a small magnet under the skin so when  it’s removed, the head looks completely normal.”

Read the whole story here!

News story from BBC about the Baha Attract System

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Billy Coughlin, UK, lost his hearing in one ear when he was 17, and had gotten used to living life in “mono rather than stereo” – until last month when he was fitted with the magnetic Baha Attract System.

“It’s amazing, I can hear everything,” smiles Billy. “I can tell where sound is coming from and hear smaller sounds that I couldn’t hear before, like footsteps.”

Matthew Trotter, surgeon at the Heartlands Hospital, says:

“People aren’t aware of what’s available… We need to educate the public on what’s available now in hearing implant technology!”

See the news story on BBC via this link!