Cochlear presented clear patient benefits with the Baha 5 Systems at OSSEO 2015


This past week the 5th International Symposium on Bone Conduction Hearing and Related Technologies (OSSEO) took place in beautiful Lake Louise, Canada.

The conference is held every two years and brings professionals, academics and researchers in the bone conduction field together, to discuss the latest scientific research and technologies.

Cochlear introduced the new Baha 5 Systems, featuring the most advanced technology in the industry. The Baha 5 Systems provide users with a choice between two systems and a sound processor with direct to device streaming connectivity.

The Baha Connect System has been updated with more abutment options and the Baha Attract System features new Sound Processor Magnets with Colour covers to further improve aesthetics and discreetness.

Several well-known clinicians shared their experiences with Cochlear’s new bone conduction systems and the benefits they provide:

Mr. Will Brassington, Head of Audiology at Nottingham University Hospital, UK, and Denise Lees, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, presented results from their clinical experience with the Baha 5 Sound Processor. Users reported high levels of satisfaction with the new small and smart sound processor and its smart connectivity. They rated the Baha 5 highly on both sound quality, speech understanding, feedback performance and listening outdoors.

Dr. Ricardo Cristobal, Texas Ear Clinic in Texas, US, presented his clinical experience with 11 children who have transitioned between the Baha Connect and the Baha Attract Systems.

Dr Myrte Hol from Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, reported on their experience of the Baha Attract System with 21 patients from an ongoing multicentre clinical investigation.

Dr. Pete Weber from UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worchester, Massachusetts, US, presented his outcomes with the Baha Attract System including 48 patients, all showing good hearing outcomes and high levels of patient satisfaction.

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Proven good performance with the Baha Attract System

Baha Attract System

One year ago, Cochlear introduced the magnetic bone conduction solution Baha Attract System. A clinical investigation* shows that the Baha Attract System demonstrates good performance**.

On September 7th 2014, a group of experienced surgeons gathered in Denver, Colorado, to review the global clinical data and their joint experience with the Baha Attract System. Together, the meeting participants have performed almost 100 Baha Attract surgeries in adult and paediatric patients.

The consensus of the meeting was that the Baha Attract System provides good clinical outcomes for patients with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss and single-sided sensorineural deafness, with good wearing comfort and minimal post-operative care.


Present surgeons were (from left to right): Dr. Kenny Chan (Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, Colorado), Dr. Theodore Mason (ENT Surgeons of Western New England, Springfield, Massachusetts), Dr. Wayne Berryhill (Oklahoma Otolaryngology Associates, Norman, Oklahoma), Dr. Ricardo Cristobal (Texas Ear Clinic, Fort Worth, Texas), Dr. Pete Weber (UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worchester, Massachusetts and Medical Advisor for Cochlear), Dr. Jack Wazen (Silverstein Institute, Sarasota, Florida), Dr. Aftab Patni (The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates, Winter Park, Florida) and Dr. Huseyin Isildak (Penn State University Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania).

Dr. Mason, Dr. Cristobal and Dr. Weber presented their clinical experience from Baha Attract surgeries in both adult patients and children as young as 5 years of age, with specific focus on surgical technique and surgical/medical considerations.

Dr. Cristobal and Dr. Wazen also presented case studies of 9 Baha patients, who successfully have transitioned from an abutment to a magnetic connection.

The outcomes of this meeting will be published in a positioning paper and will include guidelines for successful outcomes with the Baha Attract System.


* ID NCT01822119. Clinical performance of a transcutaneous bone conduction hearing solution (Baha Attract System)
** Flynn M. C., Cochlear Baha Attract System – Summary of clinical results and benefits, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, White paper E83112, 2014