How many different types of Baha System does Cochlear offer?
One of the greatest strengths of the Baha system is that we don't embrace a one-size-fits-all philosophy. We offer different systems for different patients, depending on their needs. We offer the traditional Baha Connect system, the Baha Attract, and our non-surgical options, our Softband and SoundArc fittings (Figure 1).
Figure 1. Baha systems.
The Baha Connect system is our Direct Connect system and has been around for more than 30 years. This system offers the best possible sound transmission with a direct connection to the osseointegrated implant through the skin (there is a snap that the sound processor attaches to). Some years ago, we introduced the Baha Attract system. This is an under-the-skin system based on the same implant structure, but instead of having a through-the-skin attachment point, there is a magnet under the skin. The sound processor attaches to the external magnet to hold it in place and provide a vehicle to receive the transmission through the skin. Finally, we offer non-surgical options. The softband is a good option for pediatric patients and patients younger than the age of five. More recently, we've introduced the Baha SoundArc under the non-surgical category. The SoundArc is a unique device that is a more comfortable and cosmetically pleasing option. This option is excellent for older children who are not yet ready for surgery, those who are doing a trial of the device, and adults who may not be suitable for surgery. Cochlear provides the broadest range of options for your patients with these three options.
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