Baha® smart sound processing technology

Whether you’re on a playground, in a restaurant or at the office, your Baha® 5 Sound Processor can help make hearing easier by automatically adapting to your environment.

What you will find on this page

  • Why two microphones are better than one
  • How SmartSound® iQ technology automatically adapts to your environment
  • Why data logging technology is so important

Our technology makes hearing easier — especially in noise

Every day you’re constantly moving through different environments – and your sound processor should adapt to all of them automatically. The Cochlear™ Baha® 5 Sound Processor portfolio features advanced smart sound processing technology to help you hear your best in those different environments. Features include:

  • Dual microphones that help filter our background noise

  • Automatic sound processing to help make hearing easier

  • Data logging to help provide key usage information to your audiologist for possible program adjustments

Two synchronized microphones help filter out background noise

Having more than one microphone on your sound processor can help you focus on what you want to hear. You can experience better hearing performance, particularly in noisy environments1 with Cochlear’s dual-microphone zoom technology. This technology helps automatically filter out background noise and optimize your hearing experience. Two synchronized microphones work together to reduce sound from behind and to the sides so you hear more of what you want, making it easier to hear speech, even in noisy environments.1

"The Baha has just really enhanced my being outside because I get to see and experience it and hear it now. I couldn’t do that before.”

- Nancy V. - Baha recipient

Sound processors that adapt to your world—automatically

Our innovative SmartSound iQ technology captures sounds and automatically adapts to your environment without the need to make manual adjustments.

How it works:

  1. The dual microphones first capture and filter sound
  2. SmartSound iQ then automatically selects the appropriate program based on where you are and optimizes the sound to provide your best hearing in that environment

Data logging provides key information to your audiologist

Life is busy. Some days it’s tough to remember the details of how you’re using your sound processor. That’s why ours feature innovative data logging technology, which records detailed usage information. Your audiologist can review the data for trends and important information that will show how the system is working for you. This can guide your audiologist in making any adjustments—all to make sure you’re always hearing your best.

For parents, the data logging functionality provides added confidence that your child is hearing their best at all times. Your audiologist can download key information about your child's Baha System. This allows the audiologist to know how the system is being used including number of hours per day the Baha Implant is used, different sound environments experienced in the day and the volume levels that were in use.


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 and to understand the associated risks and benefits. Individual results may vary.


  1. Amlani AM. Efficacy of directional microphone hearing aids: a meta-analytic perspective. J Am Acad Audiol 2001;12 (4):202-14.