As soon as 48-year-old Elisete was diagnosed with single-sided hearing loss, she explored what treatments could help. As a single mother and career-minded administrative director, she wanted to make the most of life without limitations. She didn’t waste time in getting her Cochlear™ Baha® 5 System.
‘[Having the Baha 5 System has] restored the spatial feeling of where I am at work meetings, restaurants and in different situations in my daily life,’ says Elisete.
With her Baha 5 Sound Processor on her right ear, Elisete says she feels more confident going about her daily routine.
The Baha Smart App* has helped Elisete transition smoothly to her new way of hearing. Using compatible Android™ or Apple devices, the app lets users change programs, adjust settings like volume, treble and bass as well as check battery status and view personal hearing information. It also offers the ability to locate a misplaced sound processor.
For Elisete, the Baha Smart App has proved particularly helpful for adjusting her hearing to different environments. As she moves through her day, whether she’s at home with her teenage daughter, in meetings or out at a restaurant, Elisete enjoys being able to control the volume and settings.
‘The sound quality is much better, cleaner. And the spatial sensation it gives me makes the experience in these places more peaceful and pleasant,’ she explains. ‘You also can adjust the sound most appropriate to the environment where I am and can adjust the volume through the app.’
She especially appreciates the ability to stream sound to her sound processor for talking on her iPhone. ‘I use it a lot! Before, it wasn’t that comfortable. I always needed to answer the phone on my left ear. Now I don’t have to pick up the phone to answer it!’
Android users can stream phone calls, music and more to their Baha 5 Sound Processor by using the Cochlear Wireless™ Phone Clip which clips onto clothing with no strings attached.
Elisete adds that talking on the phone without holding it to her head gets some funny reactions, as it looks like she’s talking to herself.
‘Very often, I am in my workroom taking calls on the smartphone, and people come into the room and start talking to me,’ says Elisete. ‘They do not realise that I am on the phone because I don’t have the phone to my ear, and I explain that I’m connected. It’s very funny.’
When she’s at the gym or trying to relax, streaming music gives Elisete respite from life. ‘The music in my physical activities outdoors is indispensable! It helps me immerse myself in the moment,’ she says adding that the sound processor’s lightness and small size also makes exercising more comfortable. ‘In outdoor activities, I always use and need to feel the location of sound to hear people and nature.’
In all situations, Elisete feels it’s important to communicate her hearing loss and explain how her bone conduction hearing treatment works. ‘I always inform people who attend the meetings I’m in. It makes it easier, and everyone helps me,’ she says.
‘My advice is to always talk about your hearing loss and inform as many people as possible.’
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Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always read the instructions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information. In Australia, Baha bone conduction implant systems are intended for the treatment of moderate to profound hearing loss.
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*Cochlear Baha 5 sound processors are compatible with Apple devices. The Cochlear Baha 5 Smart App is available on App Store and Google Play. For compatibility information, visit www.cochlear.com/compatibility.
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