Cochlear Americas releases Baha SoundArc to aid children's hearing

Tuesday January 23, 2018 0 comments Tags: Centennial, Cochlear Americas, Baha SoundArc, Mats Dotevall, Tony Manna, Cochlear Limited

CENTENNIAL -- Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), a leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced the commercial availability of the new CochlearTMBaha® SoundArc in  the U.S.  and  Canada.Cochlear_logoUSE

Cochlear said the Baha SoundArc is an effective and stylish new wearing option designed to provide children with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss or single-sided sensorineural deafness (SSD) with the hearing performance and amplification they need to facilitate language development on par with their hearing peers.

"We are happy to be adding to our broad portfolio of hearing options for children with the introduction of the Baha SoundArc," said Tony Manna, Cochlear Americas president.

"Because each child's hearing need is unique and may change over time, we are proud to be providing innovative and technologically advanced hearing solutions to fit a child's lifestyle across the stages of their life."

The new Baha SoundArc is a non-surgical, behind-the-head band that is an alternative to the Baha®Softband (released in 2002). The non-surgical wearing options are part of Cochlear's bone conduction implant system, the CochlearTM Baha® System.

The Baha System utilizes the body's natural ability to conduct sound to skip over the damaged parts of the outer and middle ear, sending clear, crisp sound directly to a working inner ear (the cochlea).2

Cochlear said the Baha SoundArc and the Baha Softband are designed to provide the same benefits and hearing performance and will work with one (unilateral) or two (bilateral) Baha® 5 Sound Processors.

The new SoundArc provides a modern look, is lightweight, practical and easy to put on and take off. It fits securely and comfortably in place. The SoundArc comes in several sizes, is adaptable to fit different shaped heads and sizes, and it has a variety of soft colored tips to match hair, clothes or mood.

"All previous non-surgical devices have used the head or ears to aid in retention,” said Mats Dotevall, director of design and development for Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB.

“With the Baha SoundArc, we needed to find a way to deliver excellent sound quality, power performance and fit different head shapes and sizes without compromising on comfort. This makes the SoundArc unique.”

Cochlear said the Baha SoundArc, along with the Baha Softband, is the first step in providing hearing to a child too young (under the age of five) or is not yet ready for the bone conduction implant.

For adults struggling with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, SSD and any of the associated conditions, the Baha SoundArc can be used as a trial device to demo a Baha 5 Sound Processor and hear how it might sound before they make decisions to move forward with the Baha Implant System, the company said.

The U.S. FDA has cleared and Health Canada has licensed the Baha System for implantation in children aged five and older. The new Cochlear Baha SoundArc is CE marked, FDA cleared and licensed in Canada.