New Product for Caregivers & Parents to Perform BAHA Soundcheck

As with conventional hearing instruments, performing a general listening check on a bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA) represents an essential task for assessing whether the device may be working properly. Unfortunately, performing a quick listening check on a BAHA has not been as straightforward as performing the same task on a conventional hearing instrument.  A new product distributed by Oaktree Products in St. Louis provides a means for caregivers of BAHA patients to acoustically assess the integrity of the BAHA sound processor.

The BAHA Listener, shown at the right, is comprised of several components including a BAHA mount, a battery-operated amplifier (Crescendo 50 amplifier with two AA Alkaline batteries), and a pair of headphones. Both the BAHA mount and headphones plug into the corresponding sockets of the amplifier. All three components are housed in a metal briefcase with foam cut outs for each item. To perform a listening check on a BAHA speech processor, remove the BAHA mount out of the case and position on a flat surface.  As shown in the image to the left, attach the BAHA processor to the top of the mount.  Turn the amplifier on and listen through the headphones to determine if the sound heard via the headphones is consistent and clear. If a significant change of sound is noticed, the product packaging instructs the caregiver or parent of the BAHA user to contact their audiologist.  This product may also come in handy for audiologist to have at the clinic as an alternative tool for performing quick listening checks on BAHA sound processors.

About AU Bankaitis

A.U. Bankaitis, PhD is a clinical Audiologist with extensive clinical, research, and business experience within the hearing industry. Dr. Bankaitis created this blog to educate her colleagues on viable product solutions for their patients and/or clinical practice.
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4 Responses to New Product for Caregivers & Parents to Perform BAHA Soundcheck

  1. Looks great — do you know if the Ponto will snap on to that mount? If not, is there a Ponto version in the works?

    • aubankaitis says:

      Hi Christine:
      There is a Ponto version available from my understanding and Oaktree Products can take a closer look at getting that specific listener ordered if you are interested. As a side note, Dr. Mike Valente tested the Baha listening device that I posted about last week and according to him and his research audiologists Kristi Oeding, the listener works “quite well”. According that them, the Cochlear America’s device fits rather nicely, but the Oticon device, fits, but not as snugly. So, be a little careful when you place the Ponto or Ponto Pro on the post although as mentioned, there is a specific listener for the Ponto. Hope this helps!

  2. Dan Schwartz says:

    Under the current IDEA regulations it is incumbent on schools to assure that hearing aids, FM ALD’s and cochlear implants are working at all times. This has led to specialized test modules from Advanced Bionics and Cochlear used by schools; and of which this new BAHA tester is categorized.

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