Bone conduction solutions for children

Discover how bone conduction may be able to help your child hear better.

Child playing soccer with baha sound processor

What you'll find on this page

  • How a bone conduction implant may improve a child's life.
  • The benefits of bone conduction implants.

Every child is different and so is a child's hearing loss.

For example, Josh's mum, Emily, recalls that Josh initially tried hearing aids to help with his hearing loss but said he could only hear 'low mumbles' before getting a bone conduction implant. Now he enjoys playing basketball, listening to music, and hanging out with his friends.

"I noticed him struggling to interact with other people. He wasn't doing well in school, and that's when I realised we need a different option. We had seen the audiologist and that's when she told us that he was the perfect candidate for the Baha."

- Emily G, mother of Josh, Cochlear™ Baha® recipient, USA

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Can bone conduction implants help your child?


Bone conduction implants may help children with single-sided hearing loss, conductive hearing loss or mixed hearing loss.

What are the benefits?

Research and decades of experience show that bone conduction implants may help your child:1-5

  • Hear better, even in noisy situations.1,2

  • Enjoy improved sound quality (compared to hearing aids) by bypassing the damaged part of their ear to reduce the amount of amplification needed to hear better.2

  • Enjoy improved speech recognition (compared to hearing aids).3

  • Improve their ability to hear important sounds and become more aware of their surroundings.

  • Engage in conversations more easily.

A hearing professional who specialises in hearing implant technology can advise if your child may benefit from a bone conduction implant.

Are there bone conduction solutions that don't need surgery?

Yes. The Cochlear™ Baha® System allows your child to experience all the benefits of bone conduction even if they are too young for an implant or not quite ready for surgery.

The Baha® Softband and SoundArc™ system are non-surgical solutions that may offer children the hearing performance they need to help access the sounds required for developing language skills.6,7 Both work with any of the Baha 5 sound processors.

Talk to your hearing specialist to find out more.


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You can search for clinics in a different location, or contact Cochlear to understand what the next steps for you would be.


Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always read the instructions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.

Views expressed are those of the individual. Consult your health professional to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology.

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  1. Lin LM, Bowditch S, Anderson MJ, May B, Cox KM, Niparko K. "Amplification in the rehabilitation of unilateral deafness: speech in noise and directional hearing effects with bone-anchored hearing and contralateral routing of signal amplification." Otology & Neurotology. 2006;27(2):172-82.
  2. Flynn MC, Sadeghi A, Halvarsson G. Baha solutions for patients with severe mixed hearing loss. Cochlear Implants Int 2009;10 Suppl 1:43-7.
  3. Hol MK, Snik AF, Mylanus EA, Cremers CW. Long-term results of bone anchored hearing aid recipients who had previously used air-conduction hearing aids. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2005 Apr;131(4):321-5.
  4. Watson GJ, Silva S, Lawless T, Harling JL, Sheehan PZ. Bone anchored hearing aids: a preliminary assessment of the impact on outpatients and cost when rehabilitating hearing in chronic suppurative otitis media. Clin Otolaryngol 2008;33:338–342.
  5. Snik AF, Mylanus EA, Proops DW, Wolfaardt J, Hodgetts WA, Somers T, Niparko JK, Wazen JJ, Sterkers O, Cremers CW, Tjellström A. Consensus statements on the Baha system: Where do we stand at present? Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2005 Dec;114(12) Suppl 195:1-12.
  6. In the United States and Canada, the placement of a bone anchored implant is contraindicated in children below the age of five.
  7. Hol MK, Cremers CW, Coppens-Schellekens W, Snik AF. The Baha Softband. A new treatment for young children with bilateral congenital aural atresia. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2005;69:973-80.