Amanda D. grew up with hearing loss due to constant middle ear issues. Years into her adulthood, Amanda was able to get the Baha® System, which changed her life. Now with the latest sound processor solution, the Baha 5 SuperPower, Amanda’s life continues to be enhanced by the innovations of the Baha System.

“My mom told me that I never really played with anything that made noise when I was a baby, and I really did not respond to any sounds until I got my first set of ear tubes at 21 months.

I remember getting my first hearing aid at the age of 7. I remember sitting in the hospital waiting area telling my mom that I hear the phone ringing, people talking and get this thing out of my ear! I got my second hearing aid at the age of 8 and did well with them until late 1990’s.

In 1999, I had another surgery to make some correction to my hearing bones in my middle ear. That surgery helped for two years; then I got a really bad ear infection, which did more damage to my middle ear.

In 2001, I learned about and found out I was candidate for the Baha solution by an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor. I would have went for getting the solution then, but I had no health insurance.

I told myself someday I would get the Baha solution, and I kept it in my back of my mind for years!

I went on to attend college with my hearing aids, and I had use CART (live event captioning) for most of my college years because a regular hearing aid was no longer beneficial to me in my left ear. It only helped me with environmental sound, and that was it.

During the 12 years that I knew I was Baha candidate and didn’t have insurance to get the device, I would every so often look on the internet to see what new Baha devices were out and available.

I went back to seeing an ENT doctor in 2013 when I had insurance, and on my very first visit I told the doctor immediately I wanted the Cochlear Baha solution. We started the process to get my insurance approval, and we got it approved on the first time around!

I finally got the Baha System 2013, and immediately I was hearing so much better with my first Baha sound processor (the Baha 3/BP110 Power) than with my old hearing aid!

In 2016, Cochlear made the announcement that they were releasing the Baha 5 Power and Baha 5 SuperPower Sound Processors. The next time I went to go see my ENT, we talked about the new sound processors and she recommended I get the Baha 5 SuperPower because it best suited my hearing loss need. While I was at Cochlear Celebration, I was able to upgrade to the new device. I got my new device activated a couple of months ago, and I can hear so much better with it than with my Baha 3 Power!

I love the SmartSound® iQ technology! I can now hear soft voices and hear better in noise!

I love the True WirelessTM Mini Microphone 2+ because it has the direct line for audio, which I use with my computer, my iPhone® and iPod touch®, and a T-coil is in it as well! Also, I can now stream bimodally with my Baha 5 SuperPower on one side and my Resound Linx2 5 Power BTE hearing aid on my other side with the Mini Mic 2+.

I still have the Phone Clip and use it every so often now because I have both the iPhone and iPod touch for my Baha 5 Superpower and Linx2 5 Power BTE that stream directly to them. I also use the Smart Apps to change the setting, the volume, the bass and treble, and they both tell me when I have low battery before I get the low battery warning sound!

Life with my new Baha 5 SuperPower Sound Processor is wonderful. I love traveling to see my friends, and I feel safe and more comfortable traveling alone now that I can hear better.

I am an advocate for people with hearing loss, and I love being a Cochlear volunteer.

My Baha System also enabled me to keep my job as a Special Education teacher, and with my Baha 5 SuperPower, I am able to hear the children that I work with better. More often than not, I can hear them the first time now without having them repeat themselves to me. I can also hear them better in noise.

The Baha System brought me out of my shell.”

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Renee Oehlerking

Renee Oehlerking is the Public Relations Manager at Cochlear Americas where she is responsible for the region’s public relations and consumer marketing social media. Renee enjoys uncovering, telling and showcasing the inspiring stories of hearing implant recipients. As a recent transplant to Denver, Colorado, Renee enjoys exploring all that the state has to offer outdoors.