Last year we traded in Landon’s big kahuna baha (the BP110) for a regular old sized baha. She was first given a BP110 (larger processor) because of her sensory neural hearing loss detected during her very first ABR test we did when she was 3 weeks old. Since that test, I noticed she responded to SO much more than that first audiologist told me should would. AND it seemed like her bahas made her jump when loud sounds occurred. I therefore had her retested almost weekly at Clarke in NYC and her audiogram changed dramatically. Her hearing with her bahas on was testing at “normal”. So we decided to swap out her big processor for a regular one. Sorry for all of the clinical stuff… I just want the bellow baha moms out there to know where we’re coming from.
Anyway, she now wears two regular sized bahas. Because she was given her other BP100(a Baha 3) last year, Cochlear automatically upgraded her in November when they launched the new Baha 4 since it was the same year. It was a major launch for Cochlear as this new processor works with their new wireless bluetooth microphone AND it was launched alongside the Attract System that is the magnetic abutment. This means that when Landon is implanted with her bahas, it’ll be via magnets instead of a skin penetrating abutment. WAY better.
So… this baha 4. A lot of parents have asked me how we like it so I thought I’d give y’all a brief overview of it since she’s now been wearing it for a few weeks. Keep in mind she wears one Baha 3 and one Baha 4. Also keep in mind, I’m not a medical professional in any way shape or form… just a Baha momma.
I’ll start with the pros…
– There is WAY less feedback. I’m sure if you’re a baha wearer or a parent.. you are tired of so much feedback. We would even have feedback on ours when there was nothing touching it. It was almost like air caused feedback. This makes life simply easier for her. She doesn’t tug on them ever b/c of the feedback and she is just happier wearing them. LOVE that.
– The wireless microphone is just awesome. I’m a tech nerd so this creation is fabulous for crowded restaurants, playgrounds, children’s museums, you name it. She’s obviously not in school yet at 18 months but I imagine it would make a huge difference for her.
– Same exact look at the Baha 3. I personally prefer the look of the Bahas to the other processors on the market. They are lighter, sleeker and less chunky than the competitors in my opinion. The weight was one of the reasons we went the Cochlear route- it seemed like the baha didn’t hang off of the softband. Speaking of which… I also prefer Cochlear’s softbands.
Okay the cons…
– NO Light. Another reason I preferred Cochlear’s processor to the other out there was because of the light on the device. This is incredibly helpful to busy parents. One quick glance and we know they are on and working. Now I have to hold my hand on it. If it’s a loud place this means it’s actually pretty hard to tell if they are in fact on since the feedback is so diminished. Annoying. Cochlear…. PUT THE LIGHTS BACK ON. Adults that wear bahas have the option of turning off the light. So… no brainer… let’s bring back the lights.
– Because of the microphone activation, the on/off switches are different buttons. Not a big deal at all, but now we have two processors- one old and one new and all use different buttons for on/off. One has a light, the other doesn’t. It’s just a thing with me.
All in all, I’m so happy we have the 4. Next up.. if y’all can bring back my light… that’ll make a momma happy.