Compare bone conduction solution brands

Choosing the right bone conduction solution is important. You'll want to understand the features and benefits of the different manufactures of bone conduction solutions on the market to make an informed decision.

What you'll find on this page

  • Company information, and what services and support they offer
  • Different bone conduction solutions
  • The benefits and features of different sound processors

Cochlear has provided more than 550,000 implantable hearing devices, helping people of all ages to lead full and active lives.

In order to make an informed decision about a bone conduction implant, we want you to understand all of your options. The information provided on these pages is to help educate you about the benefits of the different bone conduction solutions that are available.

 

Compare Bone Conduction Solution Brands

  • Company Information

  • Service and Support

  • Non-Surgical Solutions

  • Abutment Connection

  • Magnetic Connection

  • Sound Processors for up to 45 dB SNHL

  • Sound Processors for up to 55 dB SNHL

  • Sound Processors for up to 65 dB SNHL

Company

Cochlear

Oticon Medical

MED-EL

Why it matters

Brands and Types of Bone Conduction Systems

Baha® System - available in Magnet, Abutment, Softband and SoundArc

Ponto™ System - available in Abutment and Softband

ADHEAR - available in Adhesive and Softband
BONEBRIDGE - available in Magnet

Since everyone's hearing needs are unique and can vary, a choice of systems ensures your hearing health care providers can recommend the best solution to meet your hearing loss.

Year and Location Established

1981, Australia

2009, Sweden

1977, Austria

Years of experience and a proven track record provide you with additional peace of mind.

United States Headquarters

Centennial, Colorado

Somerset, New Jersey

Durham, North Carolina

It is helpful to know that you will have local support, even if the company's corporate headquarters are outside of the United States.

Implantable Hearing Devices Worldwide

Over 550,000+

Not Reported

Not Reported

Knowing there are others who have been where you are gives you confidence and assurance in making the decision to move forward with a implantable hearing solution.

Access to Technology Upgrades

Yes

Yes

Yes

It's important to know that you have the option to upgrade to the latest sound processor technology as it becomes available without the need for additional surgeries.

Verified Research and Development Investments

12% of Revenue¹

$9.4 Million Dollars²

Public financial disclosure unavailable

A commitment to investing in research and development provides you with added assurance that innovative hearing solutions will continue to be developed.

Company

Cochlear

Oticon Medical

MED-EL

Why it matters

Insurance Reimbursement Support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Provides the support you need to help navigate the insurance process.

New System Warranty

2 Years

2 Years

ADHEAR: 2 Years
BONEBRIDGE: Information not available

Cochlear offers a comprehensive "No questions asked" warranty so you can rest easy when things happen.*

Customer Service Access

24/7 access to service through myCochlear.com,
phone: M-F: 6AM-6PM MST,
Saturday: 8AM-12PM,
Email, Chat, Spanish-speaking customer service support

Phone: M-F 9:00AM-5:00PM EST,
Email and Chat

Phone: M-F 8:30AM-8:30PM EST,
Email

You'll have confidence knowing there will be someone to help you when you have questions - part of Cochlear's commitment to help you "Hear now. And always."

Support Groups

Cochlear Connections and Local Chapter Meetings (over 70 chapters nationwide)

Facebook Support Groups

HearPeers

Reassurance that you will have access to people who have gone through the same thing and can share their experiences with you.

Company

Cochlear

Oticon Medical

MED-EL

Why it matters

System Components

Baha® SoundArc™ or Baha® Softband with Baha 5 System Sound Processor options

Softband with Ponto™ 3 and Ponto™ 4 Sound Processor options

ADHEAR adhesive adaptor or Softband Dual Function System and ADHEAR sound processor

A magnetic bone conduction system transmits sound efficiently to your inner ear without anything breaking the skin, meaning no daily care is required. Over time hearing needs may change, and an implant system which allows for simple transition to a percutaneous solution provides additional confi dence that you will be able to continue to hear well with your implant.

Highest Level of Treatable Hearing Loss

Up to 65 dB SNHL* ¹

Ponto 3 Sound Processor - up to 65 dB SNHL³
Ponto 4 Sound Processor - up to 45 dB SNHL4

Up to 25 dB SNHL5

Processors should be powerful enough to address your unique hearing needs. Access to a portfolio of processors ensures that even if your hearing worsens, you may still be able to hear with your system.

Upgrade to an Implantable System with the Same Processor

Yes - to a magnetic implant system or an abutment implant system

Yes - to an abutment implant system

Currently there is no implantable solution that is compatible with the ADHEAR sound processor

Access to different systems ensures your professional can recommend the best solution to meet your unique hearing needs as they could change over time.

Method and Location of Sound Transmission

Processor connected to an adjustable Connector disc with Baha SoftWear™ Pad on a metal or fabric band worn on the head

Processor connects to an adjustable connector on a fabric band worn on the head

Processor attached to a connector placed on the hairless area behind the ear using an adhesive pad

The point of ideal sound transmission for non-surgical solutions may vary between people based on bone quality and skin thickness. Your solution should be fl exible to provide the necessary power and comfort, while not interfering with your ability to wear glasses or other head-worn accessories.

Retention and Comfort

SoundArc - adjustable spring band with soft silicone tips
Softband - adjustable elastic fabric band
SoftWear Pad is available on both the SoundArc and Softband to provide comfort

Adjustable elastic fabric band

Adhesive pad
Adjustable elastic fabric band

You should be comfortable while wearing your non-surgical bone conduction system and be confident your sound processor is attached securely.

Color Options

SoundArc - 6 colors²
Softband - 8 colors²

Softband - 14 colors4

Adhesive pad - 2 colors6
Softband - 4 colors6
Sound Processor - 3 colors plus skins and stickers6

Color options can provide fun and different ways to show off your system or make it more discreet.

Care and Maintenance

SoftWear Pad - change as needed
Softband - occasional washing to remove dirt and sweat
SoundArc - no care required

Softband - occasional washing to remove dirt and sweat4

Adhesive pad must be replaced every 3-7 days6

Minimal care and maintenance provides confidence that you can easily care for your or your child’s processor without risk of damage or loss.

Company

Cochlear

Oticon Medical

MED-EL

Why it matters

System and Implant Components

Baha Connect System - with BI300 implant and Dermalock™ abutment

Baha Connect System with BI300 implant and BA300 or DermaLock™ abutment

Cochlear Abutments

Abutments: BA300 and BA400 (Image size 100% of actual size.)

Cochlear Abutments

BI300: 4.5 dia W x (3 or 4) H mm (Image size 100% of actual size.)

Ponto System with Ponto BHX and Ponto Wide Implant

Ponto System with Ponto BHX and Ponto Wide implant

Ponto abutment

Ponto abutment (Image size 100% of actual size.)

Ponto abutment

Wide Implant or Ponto BHX Implant: 4.5 dia W x (3 or 4) H mm (Image size 100% of actual size.)

N/A

Direct sound transmission through an abutment bone conduction system delivers the maximum hearing performance from a sound processor.3,4 A percutaneous system with a skin friendly design provides additional confidence that you will be able to continue to hear well with your implant.

Implant Surface Technology

TiOblast™

Wide Implant: None
Ponto BHX Implant: Biohelix™

N/A

Knowing that your implant surface technology is clinically proven adds additional confidence that your implant is stable at the time of surgery and for years to come.

Abutment Lengths (mm)

DermaLock/BA400 available in 5 lengths (6, 8, 10, 12, and 14) BA300 available in 3 lengths (6, 9, 12)

Available in 4 lengths (6, 9, 12, 14)

N/A

The availability of different abutment lengths make it easier for your doctor to provide you with a solution that best matches your needs.

Highest Level of Treatable Hearing Loss

Up to 65 dB SNHL*¹

Up to 65 dB SNHL²

N/A

Depending on the level of your hearing loss, your sound processor should be powerful enough for your hearing needs. If your hearing loss progresses over time, having access to a sound processor portfolio enables you to have a choice of power.

MRI Compatibility

Yes - at 3 Tesla**

Yes - up to 3 Tesla**

N/A

Since MRI can be an important medical tool, you want to be able to have one without concern.

Company

Cochlear

Oticon Medical

MED-EL

Why it matters

System and Implant Components

Baha Attract System

Cochlear Magnet

Implant Magnet: 27 mm dia x 2.4

Cochlear Magnet

BI300: 4.5 dia W x (3.2 or 4.2) H mm

Oticon does not currently have a magnet implant system

BoneBridge

Med-El Magnet

Coil, fixated by 2 screws: 69 mm L x 28.6 mm W x 4.5mm H

A magnetic bone conduction system transmits sound efficiently to your inner ear without anything breaking the skin, meaning no daily care is required. Over time hearing needs may change, and an implant system which allows for simple transition to a percutaneous solution provides additional confi dence that you will be able to continue to hear well with your implant.

Implant Surface Technology

TiOblast™

N/A

None

TiOblast™ technology is a bone-friendly surface technology that stimulates bone growth directly on its surface for improved implant stability.

Highest Level of Treatable Hearing Loss

Up to 65 db SNHL*¹

N/A

Up to 45 db SNHL²

Sound processors should be powerful enough to address your unique hearing needs. Access to a portfolio of sound processors ensure even if your hearing loss progresses, you will still be able to hear with your implanted system.

MRI Compatibility

Yes - up to 3 Tesla **¹

N/A

Yes - up to 1.5 Tesla²

Since MRI can be an important medical tool, you want to be able to have one without concern.

Removable Magnet for MRI

Yes

N/A

No

Removing the magnet can help provide a clearer image if MRI is needed for the head.

Comfort Solutions

Baha Softwear™ Pad

N/A

None

The Baha SoftWear Pad adapts to the contours of the skin, distributing the pressure of the magnet for a more comfortable experience.

Company

Cochlear

Oticon Medical

 

MED-EL

Why it matters

Sound Processor

Baha® 5 Sound Processor

CochlearSound Processor

Ponto™ 3 Sound Processor

Oticon Sound Processor

Ponto™ 4 Sound Processor

Ponto 4

Samba
ADHEAR - not available for up to 45dB

Med-El Sound Processor

 

Connection Type

Abutment, Magnet, Softband and SoundArc

Abutment or Softband

Abutment or Softband

Magnet Only

Depending on the way you connect, different sound processors are available for each system.

Battery Type*

312 Zinc Air¹

13 Zinc Air²

312 Zinc Air³

675 Zinc Air4

A battery should provide enough energy to deliver the necessary power to the sound processor. Battery size can determine overall sound processor size, with smaller batteries powering smaller sound processors.

Battery Life**

60-72 hours¹

70-130 hours²

48-70 hours³

Up to 480 hours4

Battery life is determined by battery size, listening environment and use of accessories.

Number of Programs

54

It's important to have specialized programs that meet unique user needs.

Custom Program Option

Yes - with the Baha 5 Smart App¹

No

No

No

Custom programs allow you to adjust parameters for your sound processor without the need to go to your hearing healthcare provider.

Automatic Sound Processing

Yes¹

Yes²

Yes³

BONEBRIDGE: Yes4

Scene classifiers constantly scan your environment to optimize your hearing experience by automatically adjusting to make your hearing comfortable and enjoyable.

Volume Control Options

Through use of accessories, Apps and Made for iPhone controls¹

Through the use of a remote control or an app²

Through remote control accessory4

Through remote control accessory³

Volume control is sometimes needed to control comfort and volume. Most modern systems do this automatically, meaning you won't need to manually adjust the volume.

Sound Processor Alert Lights

No

No

Yes

No

If enabled, alert lights on the sound processor let you know if everything is working as it should be, which is particularly beneficial for parents.

Smartphone Compatibility

Yes - stream sound directly from a compatible Apple® device or to an Android™ device using the Phone Clip¹

No

Yes - Connect to any modern smartphone using the ConnectClip microphone accessory³ or through the ON App and the IFTTT network³

No

Neck loops can be noticeable and sometimes uncomfortable to wear. Made for iPhone allows you to control and stream directly to your sound processor without the need for an intermediate accessory.

Wireless Connectivity

Yes - True Wireless™ Technology: Remote Control, microphone, phone and TV/audio input options¹

Oticon ConnectLine system using neck worn Oticon Medical Streamer: TV/audio inputs, Microphone or Phone Adaptor²

Yes- ConnectClip microphone can connect wirelessly to a wide range of devices used in everyday life such as your TV, radio and laptop

Remote control through MiniTek4

Having the ability to connect audio devices wirelessly makes hearing more convenient and easier.

Neck Loop Needed for Wireless Accessories

No¹

Yes²

No³

Yes4

Neck loops can be noticeable and sometimes uncomfortable to wear.

Tamper Resistant

Yes - tamper resistant battery door

Yes - tamper resistant battery door

Yes - tamper resistant battery door

Yes - tamper resistant battery door

Battery door and button locks prevent accidental access to the battery compartment and program changes, making parents and guardians more confident that a child can hear safely.

Color Options

5 color options¹

6 colors with skins and stickers²

6 colors with skins and stickers³

9 cover colors plus design covers4

Hair matching colors can blend naturally with your hair, while skins and stickers offer ways to show off your sound processor.

Company

Cochlear

Oticon Medical

MED-EL

Why it matters

Sound Processor

Baha® 5 Power Sound Processor

Cochlear Baha 5 Power Sound Processor

Ponto™ 3 Power Sound Processor

Oticon Sound Processor

Samba - not available for up to 55 dB
Adhear - not available for up to 55 dB

 

Connection Type

Abutment, Magnet, Softband and SoundArc

Abutment or Softband

N/A

Depending on the way you connect, different sound processors are available for each system.

Battery Type*

675 Zinc Air¹

675 Zinc Air²

N/A

A battery should provide enough energy to deliver the necessary power to the sound processor. Battery size can determine overall sound processor size, with smaller batteries powering smaller sound processors.

Battery Life**

135-220 hours¹

70-150 hours²

N/A

Battery life is determined by battery size, listening environment and use of accessories.

Number of Programs

N/A

It's important to have specialized programs that meet unique user needs.

Custom Program Option

Yes - with the Baha 5 Smart App¹

No

N/A

Custom programs allow you to adjust parameters for your sound processor without the need to go to your hearing healthcare provider.

Automatic Sound Processing

Yes¹

Yes²

N/A

Scene classifiers constantly scan your environment to optimize your hearing experience by automatically adjusting to make your hearing comfortable and enjoyable.

Volume Control Options

Through use of volume adjuster on the sound processor, accessories, Apps and Made for iPhone controls.¹

Button includes mute and standby²

N/A

Volume control is sometimes needed to control comfort and volume. Most modern systems do this automatically, meaning you won’t need to manually adjust the volume.

Sound Processor Alert Lights

Yes¹

No

N/A

If enabled, alert lights on the sound processor let you know if everything is working as it should be, which is particularly beneficial for parents.

Smartphone Compatibility

Yes - stream sound directly from a compatible Apple® device or to an Android™ device using the Phone Clip¹

No

N/A

Neck loops can be noticeable and sometimes uncomfortable to wear. Made for iPhone allows you to control and stream directly to your sound processor without the need for an intermediate accessory.

Wireless Connectivity

Yes - True Wireless™ Technology: Remote Control, microphone, phone and TV/audio input options¹

Oticon ConnectLine system using neck worn Oticon Medical Streamer: TV/audio inputs, Microphone or Phone Adaptor²

N/A

Having the ability to connect audio devices wirelessly makes hearing more convenient and easier.

Neck Loop Needed for Wireless Accessories

No¹

Yes²

N/A

Neck loops can be noticeable and sometimes uncomfortable to wear.

Tamper Resistant

Yes - tamper resistant battery door

Yes - tamper resistant battery door

N/A

Battery door and button locks prevent accidental access to the battery compartment and program changes, making parents and guardians more confident that a child can hear safely.

Color Options

5 color options¹

6 colors with skins and stickers²

N/A

Hair matching colors can blend naturally with your hair, while skins and stickers offer ways to show off your sound processor.

Company

Cochlear

Oticon Medical

MED-EL

Why it matters

Sound Processor

Baha® 5 SuperPower Sound Processor

Cochlear Baha 5 Super Power Sound Processor

Ponto™ 3 Super Power Sound Processor

Cochlear Sound Processor

Samba - not available for up to 55 dB
ADHEAR - not available for up to 55 dB

 

Connection Type

Abutment, Magnet, Softband and SoundArc

Abutment or Softband

N/A

Depending on the way you connect, different sound processors are available for each system.

Battery Type*

Rechargeable battery¹

675 Zinc Air²

N/A

A battery should provide enough energy to deliver the necessary power to the sound processor. Battery size can determine overall sound processor size, with smaller batteries powering smaller sound processors.

Battery Life**

60-80 hours¹

35-80 hours²

N/A

Battery life is determined by battery size, listening environment and use of accessories.

Number of Programs

N/A

It's important to have specialized programs that meet unique user needs.

Custom Program Option

Yes - with the Baha 5 Smart App¹

No²

N/A

Custom programs allow you to adjust parameters for your sound processor without the need to go to your hearing healthcare provider.

Automatic Sound Processing

Yes¹

Yes²

N/A

Scene classifiers constantly scan your environment to optimize your hearing experience by automatically adjusting to make your hearing comfortable and enjoyable.

Volume Control Options

Through use of volume adjuster on the sound processor, accessories, Apps and Made for iPhone controls.¹

Button includes mute and standby²

N/A

Volume control is sometimes needed to control comfort and volume. Most modern systems do this automatically, meaning you won't need to manually adjust the volume.

Sound Processor Alert Lights

Yes

No

N/A

If enabled, alert lights on the sound processor let you know if everything is working as it should be, which is particularly beneficial for parents.

Smartphone Compatibility

Yes - stream sound directly from a compatible Apple® device or to an Android™ device using the Phone Clip¹

No

N/A

Neck loops can be noticeable and sometimes uncomfortable to wear. Made for iPhone allows you to control and stream directly to your sound processor without the need for an intermediate accessory.

Wireless Connectivity

Yes - True Wireless™ Technology: Remote Control, microphone, phone and TV/audio input options¹

Oticon ConnectLine system using neck worn Oticon Medical Streamer: TV/audio inputs, Microphone or Phone Adaptor²

N/A

Having the ability to connect audio devices wirelessly makes hearing more convenient and easier.

Neck Loop Needed for Wireless Accessories

No¹

Yes²

N/A

Neck loops can be noticeable and sometimes uncomfortable to wear.

Tamper Resistant

Yes - tamper proof battery lock

Yes - tamper resistant battery door

N/A

Battery door and button locks prevent accidental access to the battery compartment and program changes, making parents and guardians more confident that a child can hear safely.

Color Options

4 color options¹

6 colors with skins and stickers²

N/A

Hair matching colors can blend naturally with your hair, while skins and stickers offer ways to show off your sound processor.

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Ardium, Baha, Baha SoftWear, BCDrive, DermaLock, EveryWear, Vistafix and Windshield are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB. Cochlear, SmartSound, True Wireless, Hear now. And always and the elliptical logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Cochlear Limited. The TiOblast surface technology is licensed from DENTSPLY and TiOblast is a trademark of DENTSPLY. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Cochlear Limited is under license. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Sophono® and The Leader in Magnetic Bone Conduction Hearing® are registered trademarks of Medtronic, Inc,. Ponto and Biohelix are registered trademarks of Oticon Medical. © Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB 2017. All rights reserved. JUL17.