Baha 4 Review

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.

Enjoy friends!


Fashion Friday

That time again! Happy Valentines and Fashion Friday to all of you. 

Outfit One: Bubble top and leggings- Absorba (from Saks Outlet, also found it here); Shoes- Converse; Headband and Hearing Aids: Cochlear

Outfit Two: Dress- H&M- sold out but similar here; Necklace- her nanna’s; Tights: Ralph Lauren, Boots: Minnetonka; Hearing Aid and Softband: Cochlear

Dress- Gap; Tights- Ralph Lauren, Shoes- Thailand from Ben!!; Hearing Aids and Softband- Cochlear



The new commute

Now that bug and I commute on Wednesday mornings to Clarke via subway and bus, we have all sorts of new friends. The mothers who lean over and tell me what “a cute boy” I have (umm.. she’s wearing PINK but thank you really) and the grandmothers who sit down to tell me all about their ailments and what the bus used to cost. The guy with no sense of personal space as he asks me where we’re going, why are we going, how often do we go, and more. It’s a world of entertainment, that crosstown bus.

Yesterday though, was a new experience for us. See.. the New York weather hasn’t really been showing up for us consistently. Wednesdays there’s always weather or it dips down into the 50s or 60s and bug wears a hat. Bug has about 50 hats, so most comments are on how cute the hats are. But with a winter hat, that meant no baha on during our commute.  Yesterday was warm enough for shorts AND our baha. So we put on our double baha, with it’s gigantic clips (c’mon Cochlear… can those clips be any larger!) and off we went. 

I expected there to be a reaction… what I wasn’t expecting was my response.  People stared, they whispered to their bus buddy, and then a few folks asked “What is all that stuff on her head?”. As if I’d waited all my life to answer this question…. I instantly beamed “they’re hearing aids!"  I then loudly exclaimed "she hears better than we do now!” And the man smiled and commented on how cool technology is now, and I continued to beam at him as if to say “ask me more… don’t you want to know the structure of our inner ear?"  A few people asked me over the course of our trip and each time I was as happy and excited to tell them.  I’m a happy person, but in typical New York fashion… I don’t talk to strangers on my commutes.  When I thought about someone asking about Landon… I also always assumed I’d be defensive. That my words would have an edge to them to get people to back off.  Offended they’d even go there. Instead,  I wanted to talk about it all. On our ride home, there were more stares. A couple looks of pity flung at me. I smiled right back at them. Kill ‘em with kindness. See this smile? Look how amazing my baby is.

A guy got on our train home and he just looked a little lost. You know those people in New York- he just seemed like the day or the world got a hold of him by the ankles. He had his head down, hair overgrown, piercings and all black clothes, headphones on and a sad look on his face.  After a few moments, he looked at Landon and tilted his head to the right to check out her "gear”. She looked right back at him and gave him the biggest smile she’s could along with an “ahhhhhhhhh”.  The guy lit up like a Christmas tree. She just knows, my bug, when someone needs a special smile. 

She doesn’t care who stares or whispers. I won’t either. I will keep on smiling. Keep on showing her that you handle this brutal world with love and kindness. By sharing your story, not hiding it or being embarrassed by it.

This journey has certainly made me a better person. Bug has made me stronger and happier. Months ago, I would have left that commute in a puddle- crying over the stares or questions. Unable to cope with the world judging us.  Now…Landon has given me resilience. Joy in telling our tale. Joy in brightening someone’s day who I’d probably have scooted away from in the past. So much joy.

We then came home where she practiced her best downward dog for most of the afternoon while she destroyed the living room.  Amazing this kid…