One of the most exciting things about Cochlear™ technology is that it continues to evolve—and even those who received their first processor over a decade ago can continue to enjoy the benefits of groundbreaking technology.

Meet Diana, a Baha® user who recently upgraded from the Cordelle processor to the Baha 5 SuperPower and says she appreciates the additional power and clearer sound.

Diana experienced gradual bilateral hearing loss caused by chronic ear infections and multiple surgeries. She began wearing hearing aids in both ears, but found over time that the hearing aids weren’t helping enough. Upon recommendation from her doctor, she decided to look into the Baha system.

She received the Cordelle processor on her left side in 2005, and while it allowed her to hear she said the cord was an inconvenience and she always had to have the processor attached to her shirt. However, in 2016 Diana was able to upgrade to the Baha 5 SuperPower.

“It’s a total freedom to have this new one,” she said. “I would say (the sound) is similar, but clearer. This one probably has more power to it.”

She added that she was surprised by the effectiveness of the Mini Mic accessory.

“That thing is amazing. It’s like having someone talk into a microphone and straight into your ear, and it has Bluetooth,” Diana said. “The clarity I get from that microphone… (The sound) is definitely clearer.”

Diana said the Baha 5 SuperPower is “definitely an upgrade” from her old processor.

Her advice for people considering an upgrade is to try the new processor out beforehand through a demo or clinic, if possible. However, she added that the brief trial doesn’t really do it justice.

“I was waiting for something this strong to come out, and I’m grateful they came to that technology and it’s available for me to use,” she said. “It was worth the wait.”

For more information on how to upgrade to the newest line of Baha 5 processors, visit the Cochlear website.

*Views expressed by Cochlear recipients and hearing health providers are those of the individual. Consult your hearing health provider to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology. Outcomes and results may vary.

Skylar Mason
As a journalism student, Baha recipient, and Anders Tjellström Scholarship winner, Skylar is excited to join the team at Cochlear as an intern to tell the stories of other CI and Baha recipients! She attends the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.