by Michaela Coon
17. May 2021
Die Cochlea™Baha® 6 Max Soundprozessoris designed to improve hearing outcomes for people with SSD (single-sided deafness), conductive or mixed hearing loss.
The Baha 6 Max offers:
- A powerful sound processor:With an adjustment range of up to 55 dB Sensorineural Hearing Level (SNHL) in the same small size as current 45 dB devices, the Baha 6 Max is the first of its kind: a powerful bone-anchored sound processor designed for powerful hearing performance.1
- Tuned for high frequencies.Research suggests that expanded bandwidth can improve high-frequency consonant recognition in silence and noise.2,3The Baha 6 Max features a new powerful Xidium™ platform with a frequency range of up to 9.85 kHz.**
- more connectivity: It is also the first bone conduction sound processor to offer direct streaming from Apple® and Android™ devices*The new sound processor offers extra performance in the smallest form and is designed to deliver the clearest, richest and most natural sound possible, reducing the need to choose between size and hearing performance.1,5
- Even more discretion:The Baha 6 Max's small size makes it an unobtrusive solution for both children and adults, and the new LowPro™ pressure coupling even brings the device 2mm closer to the head, making it closer to the head than other traditional bone conduction devices.4
- Protected against dust and water:The Baha 6 Max sound processor has the highest dust and water resistance with an IP68 rating.6,7‡
- Ready for remote maintenance:Remote-Service†gives you the flexibility to deliver quality care without your patients having to travel to the clinic - and adapts to your patients' lives and your schedule. Patients can conveniently access Remote Care from their compatible smartphone*at home, at work or on the go.
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- Van Eeckhoutte M, Folkeard P, Glista D, Scollie S. Speech recognition, loudness, and preference with extended-bandwidth hearing aids for adult hearing aid wearers. international J. Audiol. 2020 20;1-12.
- Snapp HA et al. Effects of extended radiofrequency bandwidth on users of osseointegrated bone conduction devices. hearing research. 2021 [in press]
- Land J. Baha 6 Max specs comparison, legacy and competition. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, Sweden. 2020; D1762475.
- Hoffman J. Subjective rating of clear, rich, and natural sound. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, Sweden. 2020; D1788013.
- Andersson H. Baha 6 Max IPx8 review. RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, Sweden. 2020; D1757477.
- Andersson H. Baha 6 Max IP6x review. RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, Sweden. 2020; D1757476.
In the United States and Canada, placement of a bone anchored implant is contraindicated in children younger than 5 years of age.
*The Cochlear Baha 6 Max Sound Processor is compatible with Apple and Android devices. The Cochlear Baha Smart App is available on the App Store and Google Play. For compatibility information, seewww.cochlear.com/compatibility
**Mit Baha Connect-System.
‡With the exception of the battery compartment, the Cochlear Baha 6 Max Sound Processor is dust and waterproof to IP68 according to the international standard IEC60529. For more information, see the appropriate user manual. Tested by RISE Research Institutes Sweden AB.
†The clinic must be registered to participate in Remote Care.
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Clinical Quick Tips: Introducing Baha® Active Bilateral Directionality
17. April 2019
With the latest update fromBaha® fitting software(BFS), Cochlear is pleased to announce a number of new features and improvements to make BFS 5.4 more user-friendly, particularly for bilateral fittings.
In a traditional bone conduction system, the bilateral sound processors operate independently, with no exchange of information between the two, effectively dividing the soundscape into two listening environments. This often results in listening modes with symmetrical directionality.
However, listening environments can be complex and noisy, with speech coming from many directions and background noise everywhere. In these situations, an asymmetric directional mode can support the patient's hearing performance.
Active bilateral directionality is enabled by default for bilateral adjustments. Can be switched off independently by software in each program if desired (except Softband).
If you would like more information about the latest fitting software update, please contact your local Cochlear Americas representative or visit the Software Support section atmyCochlear Klinikfor the link to register and download the new BFS 5.4 software.
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Baha Dermalock and implant stability
8 January 2019
What is implant stability and why is it important?
By Shawn Enter
Swedish professor P-I Branemark, dating back to the 1950s, pioneered the study of titanium and its osseointegrating properties. His research was supported by the work of Dr. Anders Tjellstrom on bone-anchored hearing implants. Over the decades, titanium has proven to be the metal of choice for hearing implants. Today, Cochlear offers the most advanced titanium implant in the Baha® 300 series. The BI300 implant features TiOblast™Surface designed for faster/stronger osseointegration and secondary stability compared to previous implants. It features small threads for optimal load distribution and a wider 4.5mm profile to optimize system strength. These attributes enable clinically proven long-term stability.1, 2The graph below shows 5-year follow-up data of primary and long-term osseointegration strength with the Baha 300 series implant.
Whether a sound processor is actively loaded into a Baha Connect system or passively loaded into a Baha Attract system, your patients will benefit from the most advanced titanium bone conduction implant available. the Baha 300 series implant.
The importance of DermaLock™
Von Kelly Crettol
The Cochlear® Baha® Connect System is a proven percutaneous bone conduction implant system that enables direct, single-point sound transmission through a minimally invasive abutment that penetrates the skin.
Conventional titanium abutments have been used for 40 years, but despite titanium's well-known ability to osseointegrate with bone, it does not integrate with the surrounding tissue. As a result, bone conduction implant surgery previously required significant soft tissue reduction to allow for successful outcomes. As a result, viable soft-tissue structures were permanently removed that compromised the healing ability of the local immune system. Cochlear® Baha® BA400 Abutment with DermaLock™The technology features a plasma-sprayed hydroxyapatite (HA) coating and a concave design that promotes soft tissue support and stability.3
Hydroxyapatite (HA) has been shown to provide improved dermal adhesion, reducing epidermal growth and pocketing, thus allowing for the preservation of soft tissue during surgery. This technology helps preserve the hair and skin around the abutment, which not only improves aesthetics and reduces numbness, but also drastically reduces operative time and promotes healing through increased soft tissue vascularity.4
Download ourBaha Connect and Attract Systems 2-Seiterto learn more about Baha Systems.
About our guest authors:
Shawn Enter, director of regional surgical training at Cochlear Americas
Shawn is responsible for training surgeons and surgical teams on the Cochlear Implant, Baha and Vistafix product lines. It also supports complicated surgical scenarios and aids in new product launches. Shawn joined Cochlear as Area Business Manager and has been a Surgical Specialist for the past five years. Before joining Cochlear in January 2010, Shawn DePuy provided Mitek and Stryker surgical training and support in the orthopedic industry.
Kelly Crettol, Director of Surgical Education, Cochlear Americas
She was previously RSTM for the West Region and has been with Cochlear since February 2016. In her new role, Kelly is responsible for the development and delivery of Cochlear's surgical education and fellowship programs, which include the development, implementation, promotion and evaluation of surgical education programs. She is also responsible for coordinating and collaborating with internal colleagues and professional partners, including KOLs.
Kelly has over twelve years of pharmaceutical and medical device sales experience in previous organizations. Kelly graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in psychology.
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Sennerby L, Gottlow J, Rosengren A, Flynn M. An experimental evaluation of a novel craniofacial implant using the rabbit tibial model: Part II. Biomechanical findings. Otol Neurotol. 2010;31(5):840-845.
M van Hoof, S Wigren, H Duimel, PH Savelkoul, M Flynn, RJ Stokroos. Can the Hydroxyapatite Coated Skin Penetrating Abutment for Bone Anchored Hearing Implants integrate with the surrounding skin? the surgeon 2015;2:45.
Iseri M, Orhan KS, Yariktas MH, Kara A, Durgut M, Ceylon DS, Guldiken Y, Keskin IG, Deger K. Surgical and audiological evaluation of the Baha BA400. J Larynx Vet. 2015;129(1):32-37.
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