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Cochlear Limited announced the commercial availability of the new CochlearTM Baha® SoundArc in the United States and Canada. This is an effective and stylish new wearing option designed to provide children with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss or single-sided sensorineural deafness (SSD) with the hearing performance and amplification they need to facilitate language development on par with their hearing peers.

"All previous non-surgical devices have used the head or ears to aid in retention. With the Baha SoundArc, we needed to find a way to deliver excellent sound quality, power performance and fit different head shapes and sizes without compromising on comfort. This makes the SoundArc unique," said Mats Dotevall, Director, Design and Development, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB.

The Baha SoundArc, along with the Baha Softband, is the first step in providing hearing to a child too young (under the age of five) or not yet ready for the bone conduction implant. As a child grows, it is natural to progress from a non-surgical hearing loss solution to an implantable solution. A bone conduction implant improves the transmission of sound and ensures a child can benefit from consistent and reliable access to hearing.

For adults struggling with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, SSD and any of the associated conditions, the Baha SoundArc can be used as a trial device to demo a Baha 5 Sound Processor and hear how it might sound before they make decisions to move forward with the Baha Implant System. With the SoundArc, testing a bone conduction device is now more appealing than ever before for an adult.

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