Baha implant and headaches

QuestionI am a migraneur who receives botox injections every 12 weeks and takes gabapentin and cymbalta daily to control chronic migraines. I have bilateral mixed hearing loss and have been approved for bilateral Baha 5 Attract surgery. I will be consulting with my neurologist as well.

I am wondering if there is any increase in headaches for Baha Attract recipients. Will I experience more migraines due to the implant after the recovery period from the surgery? //Virginia

Answer: Hi Virginia, thanks for your question.

While it is impossible to say that no one with a Baha Attract System implant suffers from headaches, there is no known issue and no registered complaints about increased prevalence of headaches after implantation. The Baha Attract System implant does not have any moving parts and surgery is typically considered relatively straightforward.

If there is a situation where the continued pressure from the magnet causes irritation, the external magnet and processor can be easily removed.

Please consult your implant surgeon and neurologist regarding your specific situation. Their collaboration should ensure the best possible outcome for your particular situation.

~ Jay Patterson, Product Manager, Implant & Surgery, Baha & Vistafix

Checklist for parents of a child with a Baha system

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Baha Attract user Alex with mom Chrissy

If your child recently has, or is about to have, Baha surgery, there are some things to think about – especially directly afterwards. You will find answers to most of your questions in the support section on www.cochlear.com or the Support App.

Here’s a short checklist on how you can support your child at home in the best way!

After surgery 

DO maintain good daily hygiene to avoid redness or soreness
DON’T let dirt get into the abutment – use the press-on abutment cover whenever your child is not wearing the Baha sound processor
DO wash your child’s hair carefully and use an alcohol-free abutment cleaning wipe to keep the skin clean
DON’T rub the implant area dry, but gently pat it instead

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Cleaning the abutment area

DO clean the outside of the abutment daily using mild soap and plenty of warm water
DON’T leave any hair wrapped around the abutment
DO clean the inside of the abutment weekly, using the abutment cleaning wipe
DON’T ignore soreness or inflammation – contact your health care professional if your child is sore or if the abutment should feel loose

Caring for the Baha sound processor

DO clean the sound processor regularly with a sound processor cleaning wipe, and clean the snap with the small sound processor brush
DON’T leave the battery inside the Baha sound processor after use, as this drains battery life

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Baha Attract user Isabella with mom and younger brother

Baha Sound Processor Magnet

DO keep the magnet away from magnetic cards (e.g. credit cards, bus cards, etc.) as the magnetic strip may be affected
DON’T place any other magnets (e.g. fridge magnets) over the implant
DO keep the magnet clean by using a soft wipe
DON’T use running water

Washing the Baha Softband

DO hand wash your child’s softband in 40°C (104°F)
DON’T tumble-dry

Watch: Melissa, mother of Isabella, shares their surgery experience in the video below:

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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Going home after surgery

QuestionIs the surgery and the release date on the same day? //Toni

Answer: Hi Toni. Most people are able to go home on the same day of their Baha surgery, however this all depends on the recommendations in your area. Please contact your health care professional for specific questions about your surgery.

Best of luck!

//The Baha Blog team

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

Trying the Baha solution before surgery

QuestionI had a sudden lost of hearing in my left ear and am planning on having Baha surgery the end of this month (May 2016). I was wondering if the Baha System has a program where potential candidates could use the headband version (like those used for babies and young children) for a short trial period in different environments.

While I tried it in the office on a headset, and was amazed at the difference, if would be very helpful to use in the everyday environment (such as at work, concerts, group settings). If yes, how do I have my ENT request it or if not, it would be, I think, a very good option for future candidates. Thank you // Linda

Answer: Hi Linda!

You are indeed right in that one of the many benefits with the Baha System is that you can try it before surgery. By using a Baha sound processor on a Softband you will get a good idea of what your hearing will be like – and the best thing is of course if you are able to take it home and try it out in different surroundings for a couple of weeks. Clinics may have different practices and procedures regarding pre-surgical trials. We recommend that you contact your hearing care professional to discuss the possibility of getting a Baha trial on a Softband.

Best of luck!

//The Baha Blog team

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  1. Elasticated headband (free from natural rubber latex)
  2. Universal slider
  3. Built-in safety release
  4. Snap connector
  5. Baha SoftWear Pad
  6. Colour and pattern options