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69% score based on 13 reviews
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Bone Anchored Hearing Aid
Release Date: 07 April 2015
Bone Anchored Hearing Aid
Release Date: 07 April 2015
Bone Anchored Hearing Aid
Release Date: 07 April 2015
|Cochlear Baha® 5||Cochlear Baha® 5 SuperPower||Cochlear Baha® 5 Power|
|Disposable Batteries||Battery Size
|Made For iPhone|
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I can hear very little, Before I got my Baha 4 I had 2 operations on each ear to rebuild the inner ear it worked at first the back where I was and more loss, I am almost deaf in one ear and can here a little in the other. The 4 then the Baha 5 work for me but it sucks that they do not connect with an Android phone, I looked forward so to getting the new 5 for just that reason. If you are in a large room or an unamplified hall it does not work. I am stuck because I can not use a regular hearing aid so its better than nothing. to damn bad that they cant do apple or android so your phone will work without that damn clip. Guess they did some deal with Apple, shame on both of you if that is what happened.
Because of my inner demise, a traditional hearing aid is of no use to me; enter the BAHA 5. I absolutely would recommend this. Early on, I was inclined to think I made a mistake. Give it time and go back and get tweeks - I had feedback, certain noises overwhelming, etc. I was fortunate; it only took me 2 trips after the initial set up to get things configured properly. You also have to give your skull time to get used to something stuck on it, AND adjust the magnet strength if necessary. I started with a 4 and got horrible headaches. Went down to a 3 where I am today (surgery end of May, started using BAHA in June). Cochlear has been extraordinarily helpful when I have called in as well. I am very happy to finally have a solution for my one sided hearing loss. It is kind of strange to feel your skull and feel the implant, but the result is worth it. Because of the shape of my skull, the surgeon had to place the implant fairly close to my ear so my sunglasses don't work. I need the cable temple sunglasses that wrap around your ear now. If you wear glasses daily, this may be something to consider. I wear the device 5-8 hours a day, depending on what is going on. I have worn it longer on occasion as well. I answered the question above regarding telephone use, but it for me is a non issue. I use my good ear on the phone, wish N/A had been an option.
I hated this device. After having it for almost 2 years, I was fortunate to get an infection at the site and found out at that appointment that the annoying screw could be removed within minutes. Imagine having a screw installed into your head. And not being able to get it out. I was reminded of it day in and day out. It was very uncomfortable when laying down. At the end of each day there was this disgusting crusty thing that would either fall off or end up getting twisted in my hair. The unit that you plug on to the screw was very noticeable - even with my long, wavy hair. People always asked me what it was. Then, it would somehow find a way to communicate with things that made noises - like elevators and copy machines. I'd be sitting at my desk listening to my hearing aid communicate with the copier. Then, if you hug someone, the things starts ringing really loud. Like I want to hug someone and announce to everyone that that noise was my hearing aid, and yes, I am partially deaf. Then, at the bakery, someone walks up to me and hands it to me. I said, "how did you get my hearing aid??" and was told, "I saw something fall out of your hair when you walked in". Please don't waste your time with this device.
The Baha system, using bone conduction, bypassed the conduction loss produced by congenital middle ear problems which limited clarity for conventional hearing aids. Sound through the Baha is clearer and far more natural than with my experience with conventional hearing aids. The absence of a mold or tip in the ear has reduced the propensity for middle ear infections produced by the "hot box" effect in the middle ear produced by hearing aid molds and even tips. A surgical implant is initially more complicated than a simple hearing aid, but when all is said and done, the Baha is more comfortable than a conventional hearing aid. Downsides: the device is extremely moisture sensitive--a single drop of light rain generates a screaming crisis calling for transfer to the drying jar; the battery door is easily accidentally separated from the device; and the device itself is easily subject to dislodging and dropping with a hug or an accidental brush with another object. The safety loop provided is so long that it creates yet another hazard so I do not use it. Cochlear is sending a shorter one that clips onto your hair. The benefits of clear and comfortable hearing more than outweigh the downsides...but they do make the device a bit finicky. I didn't realize how much I was missing, even with two conventional hearing aids, until I started using the Baha in conjunction with a hearing aid on the less damaged ear.
I have the BAHA 5. I've had good hearing my whole life until now (I'm deaf on my left side), so my opinion may be biased, as not everyone who has a hearing aid knows what natural sound is supposed to sound like. So, that said, I don't have too many good things to say about that BAHA 5 in the 2 months I've had it so far. Very first: this device is not built for the elements. It is water resistant, but not water proof. As in a little sweat will get into the battery hatch and your device will stop working. You'll have to take the battery out and wait for your device to dry out before it works again. Cochlear needs to understand that a hearing aid is literally someone's ear in place of their actual ear, so it has to be built for the elements. All this money put into technology and it can be stopped by a little sweat? Who let you release this? Another fault: this device will pair with everything. If your phone rings, it routes to your device. If you play audio/video, it will route to your device. Sounds awesome. It WOULD be, if the sound quality was actually anything to brag about. It's by far the most disappointing quality I've ever heard. There's no point to ever pair these settings to your device. I either have to quickly take off my device to answer my phone or struggle with my settings every time. I understand technology has come a long way, Cochlear, but if you put an incredibly important device on the market, work out your kinks. Because now i'm stuck with this device literally forever. For those of you thinking about which device, PONTO vs BAHA 5, keep in mind that you are going to be married to one or the other, because of the abundment will only fit one device or the other. I don't know what the PONTO is like, but I know what the BAHA is like, and I'm not really happy about it.
Lack of compatibility with android is a real draw back. Weak battery door. Sometime a sound occur even in a quiet area. Baha web site for Cochlear needs work. Need to have more control over settings with my iPad. Seems reliable so far. It does improve hearing.
Quickly adopting and adjusting to various sounds that were non existent before due to wearing under powered spectacles bone conduction hearing aids. Clarity of sound particularly speech has markedly improved. From past experience it will take approximately a month to completely adjust to sounds and be comfortable with it.
Hearing aid has been helping me to hear better at work. As I have good hearing on my right ear, I never needed to use my hearing aid for my phone. I found it annoying that whenever my phone is close to me it automatically sync with my phone when I do not want to (example: when my husband need to use my phone but it kept syncing to my hearing aid).
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