In the news: Baha Attract surgery helps people hear again

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Seven-year-old Paige from Wisconsin, USA, was born with single-sided deafness and no ear canal on her right side.

As an infant she wore a Baha Softband, allowing her to hear and communicate just like other children. Now, at seven, she was finally fitted with a Baha 5 Attract System!

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”It’s a little more freeing”, Audiologist Sarah Childress of SSM Health said. ”So if they want to take it off and go swimming or do other activities there isn’t a post getting in the way. The other issue is the device itself has been upgraded so the computer chip on the inside is working much better, and it’s able to pair wirelessly with technology, which is giving patients an easier time out in the real world and it actually goes directly to iPhone so they can make some adjustment using an app on their phone.”

A piece of technology that could help many.

“There’s certainly a lot of patients out there that could benefit from this technology that don’t know about it so hopefully we can serve those people,” Dr. Justin McNamar added.

See the video and read the whole story here!

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Power up your hearing with the amazingly smart Baha 5 Power!

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Baha user Dennis Klatte 65, lost his hearing at the age of 60 due to an acoustic neuroma. The removal of the tumour left him completely deaf on the right side.

“I rather foolishly asked, ‘Is there a chance that the nerve will grow back?’ and after they were done laughing, they said no,” Dennis recalls with a wry smile. “So the option was the Baha solution. When the ENT doctor put the little Baha sound processor on a headband and held it against my head – it was amazing, I could hear what he was saying even when he had his back to me. My wife just looked at my face and immediately understood that I could hear.”

The new Baha 5 Power Sound Processor is ideal for people like Dennis who need more power, with hearing loss up to 55 dB SNHL. Compared to the previous generation (the Baha BP110 Power), it offers longer battery life, wireless capabilities including Made for iPhone support, and the design is totally new.

When trying it on for the first time, Dennis was favourably impressed; “It looks sleek. It looks nice. I like that the battery door is all self-contained.”

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The Baha 5 Power comes in five colours, the same as the Baha 5 Sound Processor, so you can choose a colour to match your hair. Dennis opted for the silver colour to blend in with his hair.

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Some of the features in this amazingly smart power sound processor are:

  • Direct-to-device wireless capabilities
  • New volume rocker – for easy volume control
  • Made for iPhone technology
  • Built-in tamper proof battery door
  • LED light – indicating if the device is working properly

Read more here!

 

iPhone tips: What to do if your Baha sound processor doesn’t connect to your iPhone

en_baha_5_connectivity_icon_90pxFirst of all, make sure that you’re using the latest version of iOS. If your Made for iPhone Baha sound processor* still doesn’t connect, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Sleep/Wake button to put your iPhone to sleep
  2. Wait five seconds, and then press the Home button to wake the display. You don’t need to unlock the device.
  3. Open Control Center to see if your sound processor is connected. You’ll see the name of it next to AirDrop.iphone-baha-connection
  4. If your sound processor still hasn’t connected, Tap Settings > Bluetooth and wait a few seconds.
  5. Check Control Center again to see if it’s connected.

* Baha 5 generation sound processors

For more helpful tips in customizing your Apple device, go to the Apple Accessibility page!

 

iPhone tips: How to turn on subtitles and closed captions in videos

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Just follow these steps:

  1. While watching the video, tap the screen to reveal the playback controls.
  2. Tap the speech bubble icon speech bubble icon to open the Audio & Subtitles menu.
  3. Choose the subtitles option that you want to use.

If you want videos to use captions or subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing by default:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility.
  2. Scroll to the Media section and tap Subtitles & Captioning.
  3. Turn on Closed Captions + SDH.

You can also customize how you want the subtitles to look:

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For more helpful tips in customizing your Apple device, go to the Apple Accessibility page!

How do I talk and stream music from my iPhone to my Baha 5 Sound Processor?

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QuestionHello,
I am getting ready to get my new Baha 5 Sound Processor fitted next month, and I am wondering if I need a phone clip to pair my iPhone to my sound processor to talk and stream music from my phone? Please help I’m not sure how the new technology on the new Baha sound processor works.

Thanks a million, talk to you soon. //Keyaira

Answer: Dear Keyaria,

Congratulations on getting the Baha 5 Sound Processor!

With it, you can stream audio and phone calls directly from your iPhone, as long as it is a newer model (iPhone 5 or iPhone 6) without the need to use the Cochlear Wireless Phone Clip.

For more information, check out: Smart tip: pairing and connecting your Baha 5 Sound Processor to your iPhone

On top of that, you can download the Baha Smart App to control and personalise your hearing experience directly from your iPhone.

Click here to download the app for free, and then pair your iPhone to your sound processor:

  • Ensure your Baha 5 Sound Processor is turned OFF by opening the battery door
  • On your iPhone, turn on Bluetooth under Devices
  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility >Hearing Aids
  • Turn ON your Baha 5 Sound Processor by closing the battery door. It’s now discoverable for 120 seconds.
  • Tap the name of your sound processor, once it appears
  • Accept pairing request

If your Baha 5 Sound Processor is paired, has a live battery, and is turned on, it will automatically connect once you start the Baha 5 Smart App. When the app is connected for the first time, it may need additional time to read required data from your sound processor.

Best of luck!

The Baha Blog team

Can the Baha 5 Sound Processor stream directly to Android phones?

Question: Do you know when or if the Baha 5 Sound Processor will be able to stream directly to Android phones like it does for the iPhone? I have the phone clip which streams to my Samsung Galaxy S5, but I would like the Baha 5 Sound Processor to stream directly to my Android phone, so I do not have the hassle of remembering to possess and turn on the phone clip.

Thank you. // James

Answer: Dear James, thank you for your question.

Currently, only Apple offers the technology to stream audio directly to a Baha sound processor. To stream sound and take phone calls from an Android phone you need the Cochlear Wireless Phone Clip.

The Baha 5 Sound Processor can also be controlled from an Android phone using the Cochlear Baha Control App. If you don’t already have the app installed, download it here:

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/ The Baha Blog team

Cochlear introduces the smart head-worn Baha 5 SuperPower sound processor

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We are happy to announce the global approval of the Cochlear Baha 5 SuperPower Sound Processor!

This is the first and only head-worn “bone conduction sound processor” designed for moderate to severe mixed hearing loss. It has a fitting range up to 65 dB SNHL (the yellow/orange part of this audiogram).

People with this degree of hearing loss often struggle more than most to hear and understand speech, especially in noisy situations. Today, the body-worn Baha Cordelle II is the only super power sound processor on the market. Since its introduction in 1999 though, technology has moved forward with digital signal processing and smart features like wireless connectivity.

The Baha 5 SuperPower comes equipped with the same True Wireless™ connectivity; Bluetooth Smart; Made for iPhone technology and advanced signal processing as the industry-leading Baha 5 Sound Processor!

It is regulatory approved in the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. A number of selected clinics in Europe have begun to fit patients.

“Patient response has been extremely positive,” says Mats Dotevall, Director of Design & Development, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB. “Early results from the first fittings in European clinics show very positive outcomes and great patient satisfaction in terms of loudness, speech understanding, sound quality and wireless functionality.”

The Baha 5 SuperPower combines both Baha bone conduction and Nucleus (a cochlear impant system) technologies in one ground breaking new device. What’s really exciting about this product is the new Baha EveryWear™ wearing options (that includes a body-worn configuration). This flexible solution means that people who can’t use an ear-level device can still use the Baha 5 SuperPower.

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The SuperPower can be worn either on the head…

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… or the body, depending on your needs or preferences.

 

“Innovation is at the forefront of what we do,” says Rom Mendel, General Manager, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB. “We constantly strive to think differently so we can provide cutting edge technology to help those who need it most. The fact that we are able to leverage our broad range of world-leading hearing solutions to meet the needs of a struggling patient population is very rewarding.”

Although the Baha 5 SuperPower is regulatory approved in many countries, full commercial availability is expected this summer.

 

 

Read the global Cochlear press release