In the News: Congratulations to 2018 Anders Tjellström, Graeme Clark scholarship winners

Eight students were awarded the 2018 Graeme Clark and Anders Tjellström scholarships.

Last week, Cochlear Limted announced the winners of the 2018 Anders Tjellström and Graeme Clark scholarships. Congratulations to the winners!

The three 2018 Anders Tjellström Scholarship winners are:

  • Monica Pasqualino (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) from Oceanside, New York
  • Elise Schiller (Trinity College) from St. Louis, Missouri
  • Carol Rynar (Canisius College) from Buffalo, New York

“Just as my Baha System opened a new world for me, I have become inspired to help others confidently navigate their life without anxiety, and to work to minimise the barriers that prevent them from engaging fully with their world because of hearing loss,” said Rynar, a Baha System recipient and an Anders Tjellström Scholarship winner. “This scholarship will help me extend this miracle of sound from me to the students I serve as a teacher.”

The five 2018 Graeme Clark Scholarships winners are:

  • Elaine Wright (Princeton University) from Tucson, Arizona
  • Tania Karas (Oxford University) from Palos Park, Illinois
  • Keenan Murphy (Manhattan College) from Bronx, New York
  • Hunter Orthmann (University of Iowa) from Iowa City, Iowa
  • Natalia Adriance (Notre Dame) from Napa, California

About the Scholarships
The scholarships, named after two pioneers of the hearing implant industry, recognize Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant and Baha® System recipients in the United States and Canada who uphold the Cochlear ideals of leadership and humanity, and demonstrate high academic achievement. The Anders Tjellström Scholarship is named after Anders Tjellström, the research physician in the department of otolaryngology at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden who collaborated with Per-Ingvar Brånemark, a pioneer in his field, to treat the first patient with a Baha device. The Graeme Clark Scholarship is named after Professor Graeme Clark, the inventor and pioneer of the multichannel cochlear implant.

Read more about the scholarships and apply here.

Read more about the 2018 winners here.

Baha SoundArc launches in U.S., Canada

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Cochlear’s Baha SoundArc, which had its first commercial launch in September 2017, is now available in the United States and Canada.

The SoundArc is the world’s first non-surgical, behind-the-head bone conduction hearing device, specially designed for children who are not ready for a bone conduction implant and adults who want to trial bone conduction in everyday situations.soundarc_topshot_all_colours3_PPT

“We are happy to be adding to our broad portfolio of hearing options for children with the introduction of the Baha SoundArc,” said Tony Manna, President, Cochlear Americas. “Because each child’s hearing need is unique and may change over time, we are proud to be providing innovative and technologically advanced hearing solutions to fit a child’s lifestyle across the stages of their life.”

Read the full press release here.

SoundArc is intended for children and adults with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss and single-sided sensorineural deafness (SSD).  Baha SoundArc is an effective non-surgical way to experience bone conduction hearing, and an important first step to hearing your best with a bone conduction implant.

To try the SoundArc, find the clinic nearest you by using this tool.

 

 

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.

 

What’s it like living with the Baha System?

QuestionI lost all hearing in my left ear last year following a failed stapedectomy operation; resulting in total sensorineural deafness due to damaged inner ear. I have Otosclerosis and have moderate hearing loss in my right ear as well (hence the reason I went for the operation).

Since the operation I’ve been struggling to cope with having only partial hearing. After living with two functioning ears (albeit without perfect hearing) for 40 years and now being left single sided deaf is truly awful (to put it mildly).

I’ve been offered a Baha solution on the NHS and have trialled the Cochlear test ‘headband’ as well as the CROS aid. I’ve been impressed with both but found the Baha solution gave a more ‘natural’ sound and I’m feeling fairly confident that I’m going to go with it (the ‘Baha Connect’ version, not ‘Baha Attract’). I had good results from the bone conduction test (scoring 90% in the speech recognition part).

I do, however, have several questions/concerns about living with the implant and sound processor:

1) Is it painful to lie on or if it gets knocked? I’m worried that it might make sleeping difficult when I rest my head on the implant side.

2) How does the sound quality/amplification compare with the test headband? I’ve read that the real thing is better but how much louder/clearer is it eg – 10% 20% 30% more?

3) Is the Baha sound processor uncomfortable if worn all day?

4) Since losing the hearing on one side my tinnitus has become even worse. For Baha users, does it become any less noticeable in the longer term? (Why is there no cure for tinnitus yet?!!)

Obviously I will be asking the qualified people at hospital these questions and more, but it would be really helpful if I can get some answers here.

Thanks! // Drew

Answer: Hi Drew,

Congratulations on your decision of getting a Baha System! Let me try to answer your questions, one by one:

1) You will not be able to “feel” the implant, however the tissue around it may feel sore or numb right after the surgery. This usually resolves over time. You may hear some sounds as you rub the implant against a pillow or similar, but there is an abutment cover available to cover it if it bothers you.

2) This is impossible to answer exactly as it varies from person to person, however, as a rule of thumb we say that the amplification increases by about 10-15 dB when attaching the sound processor to the implant compared to the headband. The biggest increase is in the high frequencies which will make the sound clearer.

3) When the Baha sound processor is attached to the implant you will not feel that you are wearing anything.

4) Tinnitus may be caused by hearing loss like you experience. Research has shown that for some users the tinnitus is relieved when using the Baha System, however, that is nothing we can promise.

Always consult a hearing healthcare specialist who can recommend what hearing solution is best for you.

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

Read more: 12 golden rules for living with your Baha System

I am deaf in one ear, can the Baha System help me?

QuestionI am 59 years old and been deaf in my left ear all my life (the nerve is dead say the experts). Could this new device do anything for me? // Terry

Answer: Dear Terry,

The Baha System is a good solution for single sided deafness (SSD), in fact it’s one of the most common reasons to get a Baha System. Using bone conduction the system will send the sound as vibrations through the skull and transfer them from the poor side to the good hearing side, to give 360 degree sound awareness. The fact that your nerve is dead does not matter.

As long as you have normal hearing in your good ear, a Baha System should provide benefit. Another good thing is that you can test the Baha System and the benefit you get before you go ahead with the surgery!

Always consult a hearing healthcare specialist who can recommend what hearing solution is best for you.

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

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Read more: How bone conduction works

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

 

Bone conduction in the news: used in military helmets

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Bone conduction technology is nothing new – it was discovered in 1550 after all – but it’s not until now the phenomenon is starting to spread from Baha hearing devices to other fields. It’s been used in products like Google Glass and in advertising already and of course headphones. And now the military are taking note.

BAE Systems (the merge of British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems) have developed a new type of helmet that enables soldiers to hear radio commands from their superiors, while wearing ear protectors.

The helmet is able to pick up radio communications and convert the audio waves using a transducer that is only the size of a five pence coin.

“We recognise that on the battlefield, auditory situational awareness is essential for armed forces personnel. With this system, the soldiers can safeguard their hearing with ear protectors whilst still clearly receiving military voice communications, to enable them to perform their roles efficiently and safely,” says Mohammed Akhmad, principal scientist at BAE Systems. “Through collaborating directly with our customer, we are able to understand their operational challenges and translate them into technical solutions.”

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