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Int J Audiol. 2006 May;45(5):301-8.

Effects of applied contact force and volume control setting on output force levels of the BAHA Softband.

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Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada.


The BAHA Softband has been developed to provide a transcutaneous anchor for a BAHA until a child is a surgical candidate for the percutaneous BAHA implant. We tested the objective output force level of the BAHA Classic 300 and Compact connected to a Softband on an artificial mastoid to determine: (1) the effects of direct contact force on output force levels (dB); and (2) the required volume control setting to ensure audibility of speech (assuming an average adult reference equivalent threshold force level). Direct contact force was varied from 2 to 5 N in 1 N steps. Output force level increased with increasing contact force. However, the average increase was 3 dB or lower, suggesting that the contact force is of minor importance. Volume control setting appears to be of much greater importance. It is suggested that the volume setting of either device be set to at least 2.5 to ensure audibility of conversational speech. Data from normal-hearing adults with simulated conductive hearing losses are presented to validate this conclusion.

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