Is there a better sound processor than the BP100?

QuestionHello, hope you are doing great. I am currently using the Baha BP100 and I am wondering if there is a new processor that increases/improves clarity and sound.

Thank you in advance.
Alejandra

Answer: Hi Alejandra! There is indeed. The Baha 5 Sound Processor offers clear, crisp, high-quality sound – and is packed full of advanced hearing technologies.

Since the launch, the Baha 5 Sound Processor has proven very successful. The small size, sound quality and wireless audio streaming directly to and from a range of accessories and from your iPhone have all been very appreciated by people upgrading from the BP100. There are numerous testimonials available from Baha users, such as this one, on the benefits they have perceived with this new sound processor. You should definitely talk to your health care professional and ask if you can evaluate how it would work for you.

Best of luck!

//The Baha Blog team

baha-5-baha-4-comparisonThe Baha 5 compared to the Baha 4 Sound Processor which is the same size as the BP100

Upgrading from the BP100 to the Baha 5 Sound Processor

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QuestionOur son has the old BP100 and wants to consider transitioning to the Baha 5 Sound Processor. Will he be able to use the old abutment, or does that need to be removed and a new one placed?

Also, if he requires a new abutment, is that surgery usually done as an outpatient now under local anesthesia? // Tom

Answer: Hi Tom.

There is no need for your son to change the abutment when transitioning to the Baha 5 Sound Processor. At Cochlear we strive to make sure that all our current users can upgrade to the latest technology and to facilitate this we have used the same abutment connection since 1999. If someone should need to change the abutment for other reasons, this is usually done as an outpatient procedure.

Since its launch in 2015, the Baha 5 Sound Processor has proven very successful. Its small size, excellent sound quality and smart wireless features have all been very appreciated by people upgrading from the BP100. Your son should notice an improvement in his hearing experience and will no doubt get to try it out before making a final choice.

Your hearing healthcare specialist will recommend what hearing solution is best for your son.

Best of luck!

//The Baha Blog team

Read also: Fitness instructor Carole upgraded from a BP100 to a Baha 5

 

Going from the abutment to the magnetic Baha Attract System

Question: I got the abutment implanted in October of 2009, received my Baha BP100 Sound Processor in January of 2010. I had several issues with feedback and we couldn’t get it to quit. The feedback was sporadic and everyday. I have quit wearing the processor because of the pain from the feedback.

Here lately the area around the abutment is tender and sore to the touch. I also keep feeling like the skin is trying to grow around the edges, but it hurts to clean the skin off. My doctor said it doesn’t appear to be infected and has recommended that I upgrade to the Baha 5 Sound Processor. He also recommended I change from the abutment to the new Baha Attract System.

Has anyone changed from the abutment to the Baha Attract? Are there feedback issues like I had before?

Thanks for any help. I just don’t want to start fighting my insurance and getting another surgery for no gain. // John

Answer: Hi John, sorry to hear about your struggles.

Both the Baha Connect and Baha Attract Systems are well-proven and have helped thousands of people all over the world. The difference between the two is the way that the sound processor attaches to the implant.

In the Baha Connect System, that you are using, the sound processor snaps on to an abutment. In the Baha Attract System the sound processor is attached to a sound processor magnet. Another magnet is fixed to the implant under the skin and the sound processor is held in place on your head by the two magnets. So the Baha Attract System is practically invisible when the sound processors are not attached, since the implants are hidden beneath the skin.

In answer to your question, yes we know of several people who successfully have gone from the Baha Connect to the Baha Attract System. In the global consensus outcomes of 2014, a group of experienced Baha surgeons from USA and Europe all agreed that good outcomes may be achieved when transitioning patients from an abutment to a magnetic connection. It’s recommended that an evaluation of the hearing experience with the Baha sound processor on a Softband is done before switching systems, to give you an idea of what your hearing will be like.

Since the launch, the Baha 5 Sound Processor has proven very successful. The small size, sound quality and wireless audio streaming directly to and from a range of accessories and from your iPhone, have all been very appreciated by people upgrading from the BP100. You will definitely notice a big improvement in your hearing experience.

Your hearing healthcare specialist will recommend what hearing solution is best for you.

Best of luck!

//The Baha Blog team

Read more: “It’s so light, I even forget I have it on” – Baha 5 Attract user Jon

Fitness instructor Carole loves her Baha 5 Sound Processor

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“I love exercising and keeping fit. It’s the best thing in the world!”

Mrs Carole Ann Carey lives with her husband just outside Newcastle, UK. She’s a lovely, energetic woman who loves fitness, gardening, listening to music, watching TV and looking after her grandchildren. She’s got seven in total!

17 years ago, Carole lost all of her hearing on her left side through a virus. She was not prepared for the impact her hearing loss would have on her life. The usually sociable and fun-loving Carole began to isolate herself more and more, as she no longer could participate in conversations in large groups. She started avoiding dining out and going to parties. She had to constantly turn up the volume on the TV and radio, and was afraid to go out in traffic since she couldn’t hear where the cars were coming from. She didn’t even enjoy her job as a fitness instructor anymore.

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But in 2007, Carole was implanted with a bone conduction system, and has since used both the Baha Divino and BP100 sound processors. In 2015 she was fitted with the new Baha 5 Sound Processor and is thrilled with the results.

“The new Baha 5 Sound Processor is much clearer and much louder that any of the previous devices I’ve had…. It’s so light I don’t even feel it. It means I can wear it all the time when I am teaching as opposed to the other one.”

baha-5-blond-sound-processorCarole’s Baha 5 Sound Processor is small and blond, to match her hair

Carole teaches seven classes a week, including spinning, cardio and zumba, and being able to wear her sound processor during the entire class – no matter how much she sweats or moves her head – has been a positive experience.

“It’s very important for me to hear the beat of the music, and to be able talk to my customers”.

The Baha 5 Sound Processor is the smallest in the industry and also a winner of the prestigious Red Dot Award for its innovative shape and design. It delivers the same power output as the industry-leading Baha 4 Sound Processor. It’s 20% smaller than Carole’s old BP100 and comes with wireless accessories and a truly smart app that lets you control and personalise it via your iPhone.

“This has definitely improved the quality of my life, just the fact that I can hear most thing that everyone else can hear. Hearing my grandchildren talking to me or in class with my customers. Going out for a meal or hearing the birds when walking my dogs. It has given me my independence and social life back,” concludes Carole.

Watch Carole teach an intense spinning class in the video below:

Will the Baha 5 Sound Processor be beneficial to me?

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QuestionI had the BP100 and after two years it stopped working. I wasn’t that happy with it because I thought I would be able to hear better. What has the feedback been on the new Baha 5 Sound Processor?  I am trying to justify the cost. Also does the magnet work good as I also have a lot of irritation around my abutment.   Thank you. // Kristi

Answer: Dear Kristi,

Sorry to hear that the BP100 Sound Processor has not lived up to your expectations.

Since the launch, the Baha 5 Sound Processor has proven very successful indeed. The small size, sound quality and wireless audio streaming directly to and from a range of accessories and from your iPhone, have all been very appreciated by people upgrading from the BP100. There are numerous testimonials available from patients, such as this one, on the benefits they have perceived with this new sound processor, and we would absolutely recommend that you evaluate how it works for you.

Regarding the Baha Attract System, results have been good and patients that use it are very satisfied, especially with the skin cosmetics outcomes, however, you will need to let your hearing care professional evaluate if your hearing loss is suitable for this system.

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

 

How can I use the telephone with my Baha 3 Power sound processor?

Question: Hi, I was fitted with a Baha BP110 Power sound processor in 2011 and have been told there is no outlook for a Baha 5 Power model anytime soon.

I have had single-sided deafness since birth. I’m finding I’m not getting the quality I was hoping for with sound, but my employer is now placing me in the call centre at work.  I find it difficult hearing people on the phone just with my left ear (about 80%) so have been trialling a Nokia neckloop but still not getting the best of the hearing to perform my work.  

Any suggestions what I can trial? //Jodie

Answer: Dear Jodie,

Sorry to hear that you don’t find the sound quality satisfactory in your sound processor. One suggestion would be to use the Baha audio adapter to connect the sound processor directly to your phone; this will provide you with a direct connection to the phone and should provide good sound quality. The input from the phone will then be mixed with the input from the sound processor microphones, meaning that you will still be able to hear and discuss with your colleagues.

Your audiologist can also create a specific programme where the sound processor microphones are muted to allow you to focus entirely on the input from the phone. The solution requires that you can connect to the phone with a 3.5mm plug, just like to a stereo or smartphone.

Regarding the future we can assure you that we are working hard to extend the wireless benefits of the Baha 5 Sound Processor to more powerful sound processors, however, we cannot give any indication of availability at this point in time.

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

What telephone solution is best for my Baha sound processors?

Question: Hi, I have two BP100 sound processors and recently started a new job where we use online phones at my work, i.e. a headset is plugged into my laptop for phone calls. The highest volume setting on the standard headset (& computer) is too soft & also difficult to position against my Baha (without feedback) – are there any suggestions on alternative types of headsets or telephone solutions?

Secondly, the plastic membrane surrounding the coupling (that attaches to the abutment) on the processor has started to peel back, exposing the gaps in the processor – do I need to get this repaired?

Thanks // Daniel

Answer: Dear Daniel,

It is always difficult to answer questions on specific phone installations, however, I think that you may consider using the audio cable to connect your BP100 Sound Processors directly to the computer. This will allow you to bypass the headset entirely. The cable connects from the 3.5 audio jack on the computer to the Europlug in your BP100. If you want to connect bilaterally you can use a 3.5 splitter in the computer and then connect one audio cable to each sound processor. The audio cable is available in two lengths (0.7 and 5 metres).

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Regarding the membrane that has started to peel off from your sound processor this should be sent for repair as it will increase the risk of feedback if there is a gap between the snap coupling and the base of the sound processor. Please contact Cochlear Customer Service in your country or your local health care professional for help.

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

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The Baha BP100 sound processor connected to an audio output via audio cable