Milan from Hungary loves football and his Baha 5 Sound Processor

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Baha 5 user and football enthusiast Milan Szente shows off his Baha 5 shirt at a recent launch event in Budapest, Hungary.

Milan was born with conductive hearing loss on both ears and has been wearing a Baha solution since he was little. Recently he upgraded from the BP100 to the Baha 5 System, and shared his experiences at the event. It was his very first time talking in front of a big audience!baha-5-small-smart

“I like the new drop-like shape of the Baha 5 Sound Processor, it is very elegant. My friends and family sometimes forget that I wear one, because it is so small! The new technology and the quality of sound are simply great. The accessories for it are very useful and make my life easier.”

Milan revealed that he uses all the Cochlear wireless accessories:

“Currently my favorite is the TV Streamer. I always keep the Remote Control around because it is very important for me. I use the TV Streamer daily, the Mini Mic approximately once a week at school, and the Phone Clip from time to time. When I start University I will probably use the Mini Mic more often, and if I get a job in the future I will use the Phone Clip more frequently – probably while driving.”

Milan enjoys both to play and listen to music. This summer he participated for the second time at the Beats of Cochlea Festival in Poland, an international music festival for hearing impaired people from around the world. He performed on the piece “The beginning” on the e-guitar, his own composition. Something he wouldn’t have been able to do without his Baha solution.

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But what Milan loves most is football – namely Italian team Juventus. He was actually inspired by the Cochlear representative in Central Europe, Antonio Sportelli.

“I am a Juventus fan because I have been inspired by Antonio, since I have met him. Antonio gave me a new nickname, because my name was ‘Milan’ and his favorite club is Juve, so he started calling me ‘Juve’. I am very proud of it. I love the football club because it is very cool and they play very good football. I am also a big fan of my hometown’s club ‘Videoton’. I usually go to matches with my father and friends.”

And his biggest dreams in life?

“I would like to work for Cochlear one day as they “gave me back hearing”, so I can hear now and always! Once in my life I would really like to watch a Juventus match live. I do find the Baha sound processors very interesting, so I would like to visit the Cochlear building in Sweden where they’re made. I would like to become as good in German and Swedish as I am in English (I have a level C1 language certification in English). There’s really no limits to what I can do.”

Read more: The Baha 5 Sound Processor is a Red Dot award winner

 

10 Halloween tips ‘n tricks for kids with hearing loss

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Halloween is celebrated all over the world on 31 October. It’s thought to have originated with the medieval Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. Halloween became a major holiday in North America in the 19th century, thanks to mass Irish and Scottish immigration.

Nowadays the focus is less scary and more fun for children. To avoid any mishaps, here are some tips to help your hard of hearing little ones have a safe and fun Halloween:

  1. Before purchasing a costume, double check that the mask, hat or other headgear fits comfortably and securely around your child’s Baha sound processor(s)
  2. Apply any makeup, hairspray or glitter before putting on your child’s sound processor
  3. Make sure the sound processor is functioning properly before you leave the house
  4. Attach the sound processor securely with the Baha Safety Line
  5. Pack a flashlight with fresh batteries, extra sound processor batteries, and a mobile phone for the outing
  6. Consider using the wireless Mini Microphone for extra safety
  7. Decorate costumes with reflective tape for trick-or-treating
  8. Guide young children from house to house always keeping at their side or holding their hands, particularly at crosswalks
  9. Instruct your kids not to eat any of the candy until they come home and have had the treats examined by an adult
  10. Have fun!

Baha 5 user Andria: “I can talk on the phone, handsfree, while driving!”

When Andria Lewis, USA, lost her hearing suddenly, it came as a complete shock to both her and her husband.

Unable to hear and participate in the conversations around her, she withdrew into herself and stopped going out. But with the help from her Baha System, she was gradually able to return to the person she was before her hearing loss – outgoing, sociable and fun-loving.

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One of the features she loves the most is being able to talk on the phone in her car – completely wireless.

“I could be driving and want to be handsfree. The phone rings and goes directly from the phone into my Baha 5 Sound Processor. It’s just been a godsend!”

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Andria also loves the Smart App which enables her to go out hiking with her husband and easily block out the wind – or just switch to a different setting while in an outdoor café, simply by using her smartphone.

“We can go out to dinner. And going out to dinner used to mean me missing 90% of what was said. Now I have the setting that can block out noise, and I can actually sit and dine with my husband and have a conversation. It’s just such a pleasure.”

Read more: The Baha 5 Sound Processor: incredibly small – and unbelievably smart

Back to school with the new Cochlear Wireless Mini Microphone 2+

It’s back to school time and a perfect opportunity to learn about the new technology available to enhance your or your child’s learning experience!

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The new Mini Microphone 2+ is ideal for the classroom, designed to increase a child’s ability to hear over distances and in noise. Place it on the student’s desk or the teacher’s collar to help close the gap between your child and speaker. Whether your child is sitting at their desk or working in groups, the Mini Mic 2+ automatically adapts to the situation at hand.

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Benefits in the classroom include:

  • Peace of mind: You and the teacher know that every child will hear every learning moment
  • Hear over a greater distance: The Mini Mic 2+ offers an improved range of listening of up to 25 meters at clear line of sight. This means as the teacher moves about the classroom there is no need to worry that the signal will be intermittent or dropped.
  • Access to better speech understanding: With the new directional microphone technology, children will have direct and clearer access to what they need to hear no matter the situation: whether the teacher is presenting or whether working in a group project with peers
  • Compatibility: The Mini Mic 2+ is compatible with other assistive technologies such as FM systems or looped classrooms where a T-Coil is needed
  • Portability: As a child moves from the home, to the classroom, to recess, to soccer practice after school, the portable Mini Mic 2+ can easily be transferred to any environment
  • All day use: The Mini Mic 2+ is designed to provide a child with a full-day of streaming (up to 11 hours)

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Baha user Manny’s mother tells the Cochlear Americas blog:

“Manny loves school–thankfully! He uses the Mini Microphone to hear the teacher directly in the classroom. Prior to the Mini Mic we had always used a FM system. When we were upgrading processors, we tested out a variety of options and realized the clarity of the Baha 5 Sound Processors combined with the Mini Mic far superseded the sound quality that his old processors combined with the FM system produced. Now that he is getting older, the lessened ‘equipment fuss’ at school is greatly appreciated as well.”

 

Read also: Cochlear’s handy Back to school guide for children with hearing loss!

“I wish everybody who had a hearing loss could experience what I’m hearing now”

On the day Debra Brant, 54 got her Baha sound processor fitted, she cried:

“It was like hearing for the first time. Hearing on both sides and getting back the stereo sound I lost was fantastic – it was emotionally overwhelming.”

Her hearing loss started on her right side as a child and continued throughout her childhood. As doctors told her that hearing aids would not really help, she simply learned to “live with it”. A few years ago Debra underwent surgery that left her with practically no hearing on her right side.

It was then that she was first told about the Baha System, that it would be the best choice for her type of hearing loss. Debra was able to try out the Baha sound processor on a Softband before surgery, something that really helped her make her decision. Thanks to this opportunity she was able to hear the difference and decided to move forward.

“The Baha 5 System has been life-changing because, for the first time in my life — in over 50 years — I can hear on both sides”, says Debra. “Now, instead of feeling isolated when there’s a family gathering and people are talking, I can hear.”

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(Picture: Debra and her two daughters)

The Baha 5 Sound Processor is compatible with all Cochlear Wireless Accessories. The wireless Mini Microphone helps Debra a lot in her daily life. If one of her daughter wears it while out shopping, Debra can hear both her daughter’s voices if they walk close together. She can even hear them if she’s in the dressing room and they’re outside. Being a teacher, she can put the Mini Mic in the middle of the room and it enhances what the students are saying.

The Baha 5 Smart App enables her to discreetly change programs and activate wireless streaming with her iPhone.

“The made-for-iPhone technology makes life so much easier because the app gives me accessibility to adjusting the volume just using my iPhone.  I can adjust the treble, the bass.  It will give me an alert when my processor is running low.”

Soon, Debra is going to be a grandmother for the first time. One of her daughters is expecting a little boy!

“I am fully looking forward to having a little grandson and I won’t miss out on a single thing in his life, like I did when my girls were babies. I want to get the most out of life that I can because I can hear. I’m not missing anything.”

Musician needs help with Bluetooth streaming

Question: I am a musician and sometimes have to play in noisy environments. I would like to be able to hear the music we are performing through my Baha 4 Sound Processor. The noise of the crowd sometimes makes it difficult to hear what we are playing, which makes it very difficult to play. Will a Bluetooth transmitter, hooked up to our mixer’s headphone or phono jack, send the music we are playing to my Baha 4 without latency?

Which transmitter, a 3.5 or 4.0, will work best? I have a Phone Clip that I use with my iPhone. Will the Bluetooth transmitter connect directly with my sound processor or will I need to use the Phone Clip? How far away from the transmitter can I be and still get the sound in my Baha 4 Sound Processor?

Thank you in advance for your help. //Jamie

Answer: Hi Jamie!

You can use the Phone Clip and pair it with another Bluetooth device.  The Bluetooth specification used in the Phone Clip is Bluetooth 2.1. Does the mixer table have Bluetooth? If not, there is a way to solve this:

Since the mixer has a line-in jack/headphone jack, then you can easily use a Cochlear Wireless Mini Microphone and connect it with a jack cable. The Mini Microphone then has a 7 meters range from where it is placed to your sound processor.

If you would like to focus on the streamed music, discuss with your hearing care professional the option of programming your sound processor to only transmit the streamed audio from the Mini Microphone. This way the sound processor will not pick up any of the surrounding sounds/noises when the Mini Microphone is streaming audio. Another option is to program the sound processor to enhance the streamed audio with 6 dB to enable you to still hear the surrounding sounds.

When using the Mini Microphone, the latency is less than 20 ms.

~ Karin Humble, Senior Product Manager Wireless Accessories, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions

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The Cochlear Wireless Mini Microphone and Phone Clip

Read more about the wireless accessories here

Can you use an FM System with the Baha 5 Sound Processor?

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QuestionHi, I have heard that you can’t use an FM System with the Baha 5 Sound Processor, is this true? // Jane

Answer: Dear Jane,

Of course you are able to use FM and other Assistive Listening Devices (ALD), for example in classrooms, together with the Baha 5 Sound Processor.

To access FM/ALD systems you use the Cochlear Wireless Mini Microphone and connect it via a 3.5 mm audio cable to the FM/ALD receiver. This will allow you to stream the FM signal wirelessly to the sound processor. The FM/ALD receiver and Mini Microphone can be placed anywhere within range of your sound processor.

Should you or your hearing care professional need more information about this we have a quick guide that explains how to connect the system.

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