Since Cochlear introduced the Baha® Attract System one year ago, more than 2,000 people around the world have been implanted with the magnetic bone conduction solution. 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 pediatric 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)
- 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.
* Clinicaltrials.gov 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