Children with a hearing loss face unique challenges in respect to their educational and personal development.
Children with a hearing loss face unique challenges in respect to their educational and personal development. Amplification should be provided as early as possible in order to facilitate normal development in terms of language and speech comprehension.
Early intervention is crucial - Baha® Softband
As well as being child-friendly, the Baha® solution can be used at any age, even by infants. For very young children, it’s common to first use a Baha Softband to allow them to wear the sound processor without the need for surgery.
The Baha Softband is an adjustable elasticated band designed specifically for infants and very young children. With the Baha Softband, children can get access to sound before they are ready to get a Baha implant.
- Bilateral and unilateral models available
- Soft, latex-free material
- Safety release
- Sliders for convenient adjustment - ability to adjust the length even between the
- bilateral adaptors
- One-size fits all
- Several colours and styles are available
Choosing to implant
A Baha sound processor on an implant often provides better amplification than on a Baha Softband, especially in the higher frequencies. When there is sufficient bone thickness, implantation is a better solution.
One way of determining when it is time for implantation is to monitor the child’s speech development, and when the rate of development slows, implantation should be considered. The parents, the audiologist and the surgeon should agree on the timing of the surgery.
* In the United States and Canada, the placement of a bone-anchored implant is contraindicated in children below the age of 5.