Your Baha® device fitting

The moment you've been waiting for is coming. Here's a list of questions to ask your hearing health professional so you’ll know what to expect.

Baha recipient shows how Baha Sound Processor fits

What you'll find on this page

  • Questions to ask your hearing health professional.
  • What to expect on fitting day and beyond.

It's normal to feel nervous and excited as you get ready for the day when you'll start hearing with your Baha® system.

At your first appointment, your hearing health professional will fit your sound processor and program it for you.

Here's a list of questions to ask your hearing health professional to help you know what to expect.

  1. What happens during my appointment?
  2. What will programming my sound processor feel like?
  3. Will I hear right away?
  4. How will it sound? 
  5. How do I care for my implant site?
  6. How do I put on my sound processor?
  7. How does my sound processor and implant work?
  8. What tips do you have for using my new sound processor?
  9. How often will I need to charge or change the batteries?
  10. How do I store and care for my device?
  11. What resources and activities do you recommend for rehabilitation?
  12. What happens if my hearing changes over time?
  13. Is there a network of hearing implant recipients in our community? Can you put me in touch with them?
  14. How often should I see the hearing health professional for follow-ups?

What usually happens on fitting day?

Your hearing health professional will explain how your sound processor works and they'll fine-tune your sound processor settings.

You may start by listening to a series of beeps, followed by the voice of your hearing health professional and any loved ones with you.

"When my Baha was just activated, I heard things that I hadn't heard in years. It was really awe-inspiring. The technology was incredible."

- John K, Cochlear™ bone conduction implant recipient

After your sound processor is switched on

There will probably be a series of appointments with your hearing health professional to adjust and further fine-tune your sound processor's programs. This helps to make sure you can hear at your best.

You may find some sounds are louder than others. This is expected, but let your hearing health professional know if you are uncomfortable.

Follow your sound processor's guidelines for care and maintenance. We offer many "how to" videos to help answer your questions.

Wear your sound processor as much as possible (as long as you hearing health care professional has said it is okay to do so) in order to help adjust to hearing with it and benefitting from it in most situations.


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Views expressed are those of the individual. Consult your health professional to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology.

In Australia, Cochlear™ Nucleus® implant systems are intended for the treatment of moderately severe to profound hearing loss.

In Australia, Baha® bone conduction implant systems are intended for the treatment of moderate to profound hearing loss.

In Australia, the Cochlear™ Osia® System is indicated for patients with conductive, mixed hearing loss and single-sided sensorineural deafness (SSD) aged 10 years and above with up to 55 decibels sensorineural hearing loss. Patients should have sufficient bone quality and quantity to support successful implant placement. Surgery is required to use this product. Any surgical procedure carries risk.

For Cochlear™ Nucleus®, Osia® and Baha® systems: This product is not available for purchase by the general public. For information on funding and reimbursement please contact your health care professional.

Any testimonial featured on this website is intended for an Australian audience only.