The difference between cochlear implants and a Baha implant

Question: I have cochlear implants and I want to know, could I get the Baha implant? // Elizabeth

Answer: Hi Elizabeth.

The indications for cochlear implants and Baha implants are quite different. If you already have cochlear implants you will most probably have a severe to profound inner-ear hearing loss.

The Baha System is designed for patients with a hearing loss that comes entirely or partly from problems in the middle ear, or single sided deafness. Based on this it is very unlikely that you would benefit from a Baha System.

If you are not satisfied with the benefit you get from your cochlear implants we recommend that you contact your hearing care professional to learn about the options that are available.

Best of luck!

//The Baha Blog team


Cochlear announces winners of 2016 Graeme Clark and Anders Tjellström scholarships

2016 Cochlear Scholarship Winners (PRNewsFoto/Cochlear)

Yesterday the winners of the US Graeme Clark and Anders Tjellström scholarships were announced! Named after hearing implant industry pioneers, the annual scholarships recognize Nucleus Implant and Baha System recipients who not only demonstrate exemplary success in their academic pursuits, but also leadership and humanity in their local communities.

“We are proud to recognize these eight exceptional students and reward them with college scholarships,” says Tony Manna, president of Cochlear Americas. “The winners overcame remarkable challenges and achieved so much in their young lives. We are excited to see what the next chapter has in store for this year’s scholarship recipients.”

Five students were recipients of the 2016 Graeme Clark Scholarship:

  1. Kelin McCloskey (Washington College) from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
  2. Megan Zahneis (Miami University) from West Chester, Ohio
  3. Natalie Synder (Rochester Institute of Technology) from West Henrietta, New York
  4. Taylor Thompson (Purdue University) from Franklin, Indiana
  5. Willa Tsao (Cornell University) from Wind Lake, Wisconsin

Three students were awarded the 2016 Anders Tjellström Scholarship:

  1. Allison Villa (University of Mississippi) from Oak View, California
  2. Kathleen “McKenna” Nelson (University of North Carolina at Wilmington) from Greenville, North Carolina
  3. Skyler Mason (Arizona State University) from Phoenix, Arizona

“The Cochlear Baha System has allowed me to experience life more fully. I can hear my family and friends laughing, making jokes and sharing some of our favorite memories,” says Kathleen Nelson. “I’m also finally able to fully hear my violin when I play. The first time I played with full hearing was so powerful it moved me to tears.”

For more information about the scholarships, visit




5 tips to protect your hearing this winter

Snow and winter weather is definitely part of the season, but it can also be harmful to your hearing. Here are some tips to protect both your hearing and hearing devices this winter:noisy-snow-blower

  1. Noise. Did you know that snow blowers can exceed 100 decibels? That’s loud enough to cause permanent damage to your hair cells.  A simple solution is to wear a pair of foam earplugs if you’re around any outdoors machinery. If you wear hearing aids, greater danger lies in the fact that a loud noise is further amplified by them. Always use protective earmuffs or noise-reducing headphones that fit over your ears to protect your ears and hearing aids both from the cold and potentially damaging noise levels.
  2. Falling. People with hearing loss are three times more likely to suffer a dangerous fall than those without. And the risk of falling increases even more in the winter time with the onset of snow and ice. If your vestibular or balance system is compromised due to hearing loss, you need to be especially alert for hidden ice patches, snow covered objects and slick steps. One way to minimize the risk is to invest in a pair of grips.
  3. Ear infections. Winter brings a higher risk of ear infection, in both children and adults. One of these reasons is that less blood is circulated in the cold; add that to greater risk of irritation, trapped moisture or bacteria and you have a recipe for a painful condition known as otitis media. You can reduce your risk of ear infections by keeping your ears warm and dry when you are outside in winter weather. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising to improve blood circulation can also be helpful, especially now when resistance to infection is lower.
  4. Cold and moisture. Wind, rain, cold and freezing temperatures can shorten battery life as well as allowing moisture to build up in your hearing devices. If your Baha sound processors do become wet, an effective solution is to use a dry-aid kit overnight after removing batteries.
  5. Flying. Try not to fly if you are sick. A cold can lead to a blockage in the Eustachian tube, which will prevent the necessary equalization of pressure in the ears. A ruptured eardrum or severe infection can result, which can lead to temporary hearing loss and other problems. If you do fly and happen to experience hearing difficulties post-flight, see a hearing health care professional if your hearing doesn’t return to normal after a few days.


A time to be thankful

This time of year is a great opportunity to reflect on what you are thankful for. For us here at Cochlear it’s incredibly rewarding to see how our products impact people’s lives. Today approximately 150-200 new people who couldn’t hear yesterday will be able to hear, thanks to the amazing technologies behind the Baha solution and cochlear implants.

For many of those people, the gift of sound is something they are very thankful for. But also to be part of the Cochlear family, around the world, sharing a special bond. Watch the video above to see some of our users across the globe.

If you or a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, the best thing you can do is to get help right away. Click here to find a hearing care professional in your area.


Cochlear and GN Resound have formed the Smart Hearing Alliance


Cochlear is strengthening the relationship with GN ReSound!

Last week it was announced that Cochlear Limited, global leader in implantable hearing solutions and GN ReSound, leader in Smart Hearing aids, will collaborate to develop the world’s smartest bimodal hearing solutions! The Smart Hearing Alliance will improve the hearing outcomes for more people of all ages with moderate to profound hearing loss.

GN ReSound CEO Anders Hedegaard says:

“GN ReSound is committed to advancing what is possible for people with hearing loss. This collaborative offering will help us change the lives of so many more people.”

Cochlear and GN ReSound have had a successful history of collaborating on technology and product development, resulting in the implantable hearing industry’s first bimodal solution using True Wireless. With GN ReSound’s leading 2.4 GHz wireless technology, recipients of Nucleus 6 and Baha 5 implants can stream sound directly to their ears completely without wires or bulky neck-worn components!

“This is a big step forward for our customers and professionals,” says Cochlear CEO Chris Smith. “The majority of cochlear implant recipients are bimodal users, so simplifying the management and improving the performance of their hearing solutions will be a huge benefit.”

Read more about this exciting collaboration here.

Has your child heard 30 million words by their fourth birthday?

Dana Suskind is a professor of surgery at the University of Chicago, whose speciality is cochlear implants that allow people who are born deaf to hear. She is also founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, also based at the University of Chicago. TMW researches programs that maximize the critical language development period of birth to 3 years old while helping to draw public attention to this critical phase of brain development.

Suskind discovered that children who appeared similar in every other respect would differ dramatically in how quickly they learned language after their hearing was restored. She discovered that the difference fell largely along socio-economic lines, and that the key difference was how much language the child was hearing at home.

Read the entire article here!


Official premiere of Cochlear sponsored movie unINDIAN


Brett Lee with wife Lana at Cochlear UNindian premiere in Sydney

Wednesday night was the worldwide premiere of unINDIAN at Fox Studios in Sydney. unINDIAN is an Australian-Indian romantic comedy starring Cochlear Global Hearing Ambassador and cricketer, Brett Lee. Lead actress, Tannishtha Chatterjee’s character works for Cochlear in the film and part of it was shot at the headquarter office in Sydney with bilateral recipient, Jane Goodfellow as an extra (she plays the receptionist).

The premiere was a funfilled event – lots of Bollywood dancing and the crowd certainly frocked up for the occasion.

The movie is officially released to the general public on October 15. There is still no word on when the movie will appear in other countries.

Watch the official trailer below: