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Re: Cross verses BAHA
« Reply #30 on: October 26, 2014, 08:42:44 am »
Thank you Clarice. I am SSD since I was three , so I developed some sort of directionality over the years, but I'm still far from a "normal" one. My nerve hasn't been removed but it's damaged and doesn't work, so I think our situation is alike.
I wear the Oticon Medical Ponto Pro baha and yes, I can hear someone whispering on my deaf side. 

That's what I am looking for because when I'm at lectures, in class, theatre, during meals etc I find it really difficult to understand someone on my deaf side, especially if he's speaking quietly. In those situations there's always some noise (the movie's audio, a teacher speaking...) and I just can't make out a word of what I am told by people sitting near to me (on that side).


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Re: Cross verses BAHA
« Reply #31 on: October 27, 2014, 04:38:14 pm »
Like Clarice, I can hear someone whisper on my deaf side.  And, as she mentioned, it's really just an "illusion"; I'm not really hearing through my deaf ear - just feeling like I am. 

BAHAs, like most hearing devices, aren't perfect.  They tend to pick up all sounds; not just give you the ones you want to hear.  Filtering out unwanted noise/sound is difficult for them.  So there are limitations in noisy and/or crowded environments.  But improvements are being made all the time.  When I got my first BAHA device (a Cochlear Divino) in 2008 it had what is referred to as two "channels".  A few years later when I upgraded to the Cochlear BP100 it had 12 channels (the Oticon Ponto Pro had 10).   The more channels a BAHA device has, the better is it at filtering out unwanted sound because there are more "places" for it to "go".  There is a huge difference between my one channel and my twelve channels.  My Divino also only had 1 setting; my BP100 has 3 settings.  That helps too.

And new devices - by both Cochlear and Oticon - are being introduced all the time.  The technology just keeps getting better and better.

« Last Edit: October 27, 2014, 04:41:04 pm by leapyrtwins »
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