At Cochlear, we are committed to providing the services and products to support you now and always. We also want to support recipients who are considering switching from their current brand to our Baha System. If you have our Baha System or are considering it, you deserve to know our commitment to advancing implantable hearing technology now and for the future of your hearing health.

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Did you know that more people hear with a Cochlear™ Baha® System than any other implantable bone conduction hearing device?1

Runner showing his Baha 6 Max Sound Processor; Baha Ponto System

Compatibility: Now and in the Future

As Cochlear’s Baha Sound Processors are already compatible with Oticon Medical (OM)’s Ponto™ acoustic implants,2 we will still be able to offer Cochlear’s technology to those customers into the future where we have regulatory approval to do so. Our research and development team are focused on offering the best hearing possible today – while also anticipating how technology and your needs will change over time. We strive to be there now, and always.

If you are eligible for an upgrade through insurance or self-pay, you can use this as an opportunity to explore if the Baha System is right for you. Cochlear is proud to offer quality products and offers a standard 2-year global warranty for the Baha 6 Max Sound Processor, plus a 1-year warranty plan for wireless accessories. Additional extended warranty service plans are available for purchase.

The Baha 6 Max Sound Processor vs the Ponto 5 System

Our newest sound processor, the Cochlear Baha 6 Max, is the first of its kind, premium-power sound processor. It gives you access to clear, rich, and natural sound in our smallest and most discreet package.345 More power allows your device to evolve with you — even if your hearing changes over time. It’s our smartest Baha Sound Processor, with a new connectivity platform that gives you access to stream sound directly to your sound processor from a compatible Apple® or Android™ device,6 so you’ll never miss a beat. Plus, it is ready for life’s adventures thanks to its durable design, highest dust and water-resistant protection7 and new kid-friendly features.

Compare the Baha 6 Max Sound Processor vs. the Ponto Sound Processor

Baha 6 Max Sound Processor comparison chart with Oticon Ponto 5 Mini Sound Processor and the Ponto 5 SuperPower Sound Processor; Baha Ponto System

  • Lighter Weight: Designed to maximize your hearing experience and enhance your overall well-being, the Baha 6 Max Sound Processor is 15% lighter than the Ponto 5 Mini and 74% lighter than the Ponto 5 SuperPower.8910
  • Longer Battery Life: Ensuring you are on-air when it matters most, the Baha 6 Max Sound Processor can provide up to a 94% longer battery life than the Ponto 5 Mini and 28% longer battery life than the Ponto 5 SuperPower.11121314
  •  More Power: In a head-to-head comparison, the Baha 6 Max Sound Processor delivered more power compared to the Ponto 5 Mini1516 and comparable output when compared to the Ponto 5 SuperPower.1718

Compatible with the OM Ponto implant system,19 the Cochlear Baha 6 Max not only offers a hearing experience benefiting from a benchmark 55 dB fitting range,20 but also offers OM recipients and their counseling professionals the opportunity to join the Cochlear Family, which offers support throughout your entire hearing journey.

Our Cochlear Family: A Lifetime of Support and Services

Baby girl smiling with her Baha 6 Max Sound Processor on a pink headband; Baha Ponto System.

Cochlear Family is a program created to help guide you through your hearing journey and provide support when you need it. By joining the Cochlear Family, you’ll be connected to a supportive and inspiring community of people just like you.

You can also connect with Cochlear Recipient Solutions. This is group is dedicated to supporting you throughout your hearing and upgrade journey. They offer virtual appointments for learning to use your new sound processor, aural therapy to ensure you’re hearing your best, and upgrade consultations when you’re ready for the latest technology. Plus, they can work with you to review the required documentation, navigate your insurance and learn what to expect from the upgrade process.

If you have additional questions regarding the compatibility of the Ponto Implant System with the Baha 6 Max Sound Processor, you can book an appointment to speak to one of ourUpgrade Solutions Specialists.

Woman smiling, showing her Baha 6 Max Sound Processor; Baha Ponto System

FAQs

Q: Can I upgrade from a Ponto device to a Baha 6 Max Sound Processor?

A: Yes! Ponto System abutments are compatible with the Baha 6 Max Sound Processor.21

Q: Can I try the Baha 6 Max Sound Processor before I commit?

A: Consult your hearing health professional to determine if they have a demo device in the clinic. Otherwise, we currently do not have any try-before-you buy events scheduled.

Q: If I’ve always used a Ponto sound processor, will my hearing be different with the Baha 6 Max Sound Processor?

A: Each model of sound processor is a bit different. The Baha 6 Max Sound Processor helps provide clear, rich and natural sound222324 The Baha 6 Max Sound Processor features dual microphones that may make it easier to localize sound so you can focus in noisy situations. Using SmartSound® iQ technology, the Baha 6 Max Sound Processor will automatically make adjustments to optimize your hearing experience. The sound processor actively works to reduce unwanted noise around you — from busy restaurants and hectic spaces to crowded venues — so you can focus on the conversations that matter.

Q: What if I try the device and don’t like it?

A: Cochlear offers a 90-day trial period for sound processor upgrades. During the 90 days, a recipient can return or exchange open or unopened upgrade kits for the same or newer generation processor and processor components. Individual accessories or components are not available for return.

Q: Will Cochlear honor global and supplemental warranties for recipients who use their Baha 6 Max Sound Processor with a Ponto Implant?

A: We recognize there are circumstances that require Cochlear to be flexible on our policy. We maintain the right to adjust the warranty at our sole discretion. We stand behind our products and are proud to offer a standard 2-year global warranty for the compatible Baha 6 Max Sound Processor.

  1. Cochlear Americas [Data on file] – Guidepoint Market Share Data, 2018 April
  2. FDA clearance for compatibility was obtained by Oticon Medical. Oticon Medical AB. 266922en – version A / 2023.03.  Ponto – Bone Anchored Hearing System:  Ponto Candidacy Guide.
  3. Leung B. Baha 6 Max Connect Datasheet. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, Sweden. 2020; D1760797.
  4. Land J. Baha 5 Sound Processor Connect System Datasheet. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, Sweden. 2019; 630908.
  5. Land J. Baha 5 Power Connect Datasheet. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, Sweden. 2019; D801286.
  6. The Cochlear Baha 6 Max Sound Processor is compatible with Apple and Android devices. The Cochlear Baha Smart App is available on App Store and Google Play. For compatibility information visit www.cochlear.com/compatibility
  7. The Cochlear Baha 6 Max Sound Processor, with battery compartment excluded, is dust and water resistant to level IP68 of the International Standard IEC60529. Refer to the relevant user guide for more information. Tested by the RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB.
  8. Leung B. Baha 6 Max Connect Datasheet. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, Sweden. 2020; D1760797.
  9. Ponto 5 Mini Product Information. Oticon Medical. 232708US. 2021.
  10. Ponto 5 SuperPower Product Information. Oticon Medical. 244495US. 2021.
  11. Leung B. Baha 6 Max Connect Datasheet. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, Sweden. 2020; D1760797.
  12. Ponto 5 Mini Product Information. Oticon Medical. 232708US. 2021.
  13. Ponto 5 SuperPower Product Information. Oticon Medical. 244495US. 2021.
  14. Battery life is dependent on streaming, sound environments and gain setting.
  15. Leung B. Baha 6 Max Connect Datasheet. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, Sweden. 2020; D1760797.
  16. Ponto 5 Mini Product Information. Oticon Medical. 226578UK. 2021.
  17. Leung B. Baha 6 Max Connect Datasheet. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, Sweden. 2020; D1760797.
  18. MPO Measurements of Ponto 5 SuperPower. Cochlear Ltd. D2126876. 2023.
  19. FDA clearance for compatibility was obtained by Oticon Medical. Oticon Medical AB. 266922en – version A / 2023.03.  Ponto – Bone Anchored Hearing System:  Ponto Candidacy Guide.
  20. Hua H. Baha 6 Max fitting range. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, Sweden. 2020; D1725632.
  21. FDA clearance for compatibility was obtained by Oticon Medical. Oticon Medical AB. 266922en – version A / 2023.03.  Ponto – Bone Anchored Hearing System:  Ponto Candidacy Guide.
  22. Leung B. Baha 6 Max Connect Datasheet. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, Sweden. 2020; D1760797.
  23. Land J. Baha 5 Sound Processor Connect System Datasheet. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, Sweden. 2019; 630908.
  24. Land J. Baha 5 Power Connect Datasheet. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, Sweden. 2019; D801286.
Jen Schulz
Jen Schulz is the Services and Marketing Specialist and has worked for Cochlear since 2016. She is responsible for facilitating recipient services content and communications. Jen was born and raised in New York but now calls Colorado home. She enjoys baking in her spare time and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs.