For patients with mixed hearing loss (MHL), conductive hearing loss (CHL) or single-sided deafness (SSD) a bone conduction implant, like the Cochlear™ Baha® System, is recommended as a treatment option. The Baha System offers two different surgical options to optimize your patient’s needs and preferences. These two options are the Baha Connect and the Baha Attract. How do you know which Baha System is right for your patients? Below are helpful points to keep in mind, when helping your patient decide which system is right for them.
The Baha Connect System transmits sound vibrations through an abutment, which connects the sound processor to the implant. The benefit of the Baha Connect is direct and efficient transmission of vibrations into the bone, which provides maximum hearing performance.
Through the use of the same implant, the Baha Attract System transmits sound vibrations to the inner ear through a magnetic connection. The Baha sound processor is attached with a magnet system, with one magnet under the skin. The benefit is that there is no skin-penetrating abutment, providing a good aesthetic outcome with no need for daily care of the site.
For more information about Baha Systems candidacy and choosing the right system for your patients, please see our Baha Candidacy page.
- Patients who want/need maximum amplification
- Patients with thin tissue or poor vascularity
- Patients whose active lifestyle makes retention a top priority
- Patients who need to undergo regular MRI’s or scans where the anatomy close to the implant site needs to be visible
- Maximum performance
- Patients who prefer a discreet look of magnetic system
- Patients with higher risk of skin infection (certain medical conditions, high humidity or living/working in dusty/dirty environments)
- Patients with dexterity problems who benefit from easy sound processor attachment and removal
- Patients who do not need MRI close to the implant site
- Patients with a higher risk of implant loss due to trauma (contact sports)
- Invisible connection