Care and Maintenance
Following surgery, detailed aftercare instructions are provided to the patient. Care of the implant site is simple, but very important. It is critical to keep the site clean and free of debris. A soft cleaning brush is provided for this reason. Follow-up visits will be scheduled to ensure proper care is taken.
Once the dressing has been removed after surgery and the abutment is exposed, you must clean the skin around the abutment every few days, as debris may build up. It’s best to do this while you are washing your hair. Shampoo and warm water will help to soften any skin debris that may have built up around the base of the abutment as a result of healing.
For the first few weeks you may use baby wipes to keep the area clean until you are able to gently brush the area with the soft cleaning brush. Aim the bristles against the side of the abutment, not at the skin as care must be taken not to brush the skin too harshly. All skin debris and build-up from the healing process must be removed. Build-up may also occur inside the abutment itself, so you need to clean inside as well as around it. Any type of soap or shampoo can be used, but antibacterial soap is recommended.
After cleaning, gently dry the area around the abutment with a clean towel or baby wipe. Do not allow your hair to wrap itself around the abutment. If you use a hairdryer, do not keep the hot air on the abutment for too long. Remember to keep the soft brush clean.
If you have persistent soreness or inflammation around the abutment, contact your doctor.
How to connect and disconnect the sound processor
An abutment snap is mounted to the sound processor. It is designed to snap into the abutment and hold the sound processor securely in place.
Hold the sound processor so that the abutment snap is accessible and move any hair away from the abutment. Tilt the unit as you carefully push it in and it will attach to the abutment. Do not push the sound processor straight in.
Use the correct technique to remove your sound processor. Use the proper 'tilt' technique by placing one finger under the sound processor. Next, lift one end of the sound processor to unsnap and release it from the abutment. Do not pull the sound processor straight-out or straight-off.
Type 13 batteries should be used. They can easily be replaced and you can usually tell when a new one is needed as the sound quality will change. The sound processor can be checked by turning up the volume and blowing into the microphone – you should be able to feel the vibration of the sound processor. Always make sure that the battery door clicks back into the closed position.
Battery life begins decreasing as soon as the plastic strip is removed exposing it to air, even if the battery is not in use. To maximize battery life, switch off the sound processor when not in use. Battery life varies depending on volume setting, the sound environment and the program setting. Battery life will decrease significantly when using the Baha sound processor with a connected FM receiver if the FM receiver uses the sound processor as its power source. Using powerful batteries is particularly important when high current consumption is common. The batteries included with the sound processor reflect our latest battery recommendation. Battery function can be related to a number of problems including: no sound, intermittent sound and crackling/buzzing. Thus, when encountering problems one of the first things one can do is change the battery.
Note: Always follow local regulations for battery disposal.
You will receive an abutment cover with your sound processor that can be attached when the processor is not being worn, or for activities such as swimming. This will keep the inside of the abutment clean. Simply press the cover on to the abutment to keep it in position.
It is also recommended -- especially when you first wear your Baha Sound Processor -- to attach the safety line. This will help prevent losing the sound processor if it is inadvertently dislodged. The safety line is attached by simply threading the line through the loop on the sound processor, and safely pinning it to your collar or shirt.
Caring for your sound processor
The sound processor is not waterproof, so it is important that it be removed prior to bathing, showering or engaging in any water activities.
- Never expose your sound processor to extreme heat or cold.
- To avoid losing your sound processor during physical activity, use the safety line that is provided.
Caring for the abutment area
Daily care: Clean the skin around the abutment daily to remove any skin debris. A soft cleaning brush will be given to you when your sound processor is fitted. You can use regular shampoo and water to keep the area clean.
Weekly care: Skin debris may also build up inside the abutment or on the abutment snap itself. This should also be removed by using the soft cleaning brush.
Regular inspection of the abutment: always check that the abutment is firmly in place. You can do this yourself or ask your clinic to help you during routine appointments, which will occur about every six months.
Contact your doctor if you have persistent problems such as soreness, infection, or inflammation around the abutment.
Twelve Golden Rules for taking care of your Baha.
General care of your processor