Fitting your child's bone conduction device

This is an important time in your child's hearing journey. You can prepare with questions to ask their hearing health professional.

Paediatric trying out Baha sound processor

What you'll find on this page

  • Questions to ask your child’s hearing health professional.
  • Information about your child’s first fitting session.
  • Tips for the first few months after the sound processor is turned on.

As your child's fitting day approaches, you may feel nervous and excited.

To help you prepare, we’ve compiled a list of questions to ask your child’s hearing health professional.

These questions will help you know what to expect at the first programming appointment and get you and your child ready for life with their new hearing device.

Questions for parents to ask about fitting day and beyond

  1. What happens during the appointment?
  2. What does programming the sound processor feel like?
  3. Will my child hear right away?
  4. How will it sound?
  5. How long will it take my child to adjust to the new sound?
  6. How do I put on my child’s device and can they put it on themselves?
  7. How does it work?
  8. What tips do you have for using the new device?
  9. How often will I need to charge or change the batteries?
  10. How do I store and care for the device?
  11. What resources do you recommend for rehabilitation?
  12. What happens if my child’s hearing changes over time?
  13. Is there a network of families of bone conduction solution recipients that I can connect with?

What usually happens on fitting day?

After your child has bone conduction implant surgery or receives a Baha® Start non-surgical solution, their hearing health professional will fit and program their sound processor. It's typically a simple and quick process.

Your child's hearing health professional will connect the sound processor to the programming software and place the sound processor on your child's head. They'll then perform a feedback test and your child can hear sound through the sound processor for the first time.

Finally, your child's hearing health professional will program the sound processor to meet your child's individual needs. They can set specific listening programmes for different hearing situations, such as quiet or noisy environments.

Your child’s new hearing device is ready to go.

"The moment we put the Baha® 5 [Sound Processor] on him (Jackson), it was magical. He smiled and looked at me as I softly spoke and said his name. My heart melted and that moment validated any questions we had about whether or not we were doing the right thing."*¹

- Amanda, mother of Jackson, Cochlear™ Baha System recipient

What to expect after your child’s sound processor is turned on

When your child's sound processor is turned on, all the new sounds can seem a little overwhelming for them at first. It will take them some time to adjust and get used to the new sounds.

Initially, their hearing may feel different. Generally, within a few weeks of taking in all sorts of different sounds, the brain will adapt and their hearing will start to feel more natural.1

Follow the guidelines for care and maintenance for your child's device.

We offer many how-to videos and our customer service team can help answer your questions.

Patience and persistence is key

It takes time and effort to get used to hearing with a bone conduction device. It doesn’t necessarily happen instantly.

Make sure you are committed to helping your child use the device to get used to it and that they listen to a variety of sounds such as music, noises in the environment and conversations around you.

Your child can start using the sound processor at home doing everyday things and in their own time move on to more challenging environments like outdoors or public places.

If your child is using Baha® Start, they will be able to continue using this until they’re ready to move on to a hearing implant, a more permanent and effective solution2 that may further improve their hearing.3

Talk to your hearing health professional when you and your child are ready to discuss the next steps.

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


  1. Hoffmann J. Subjective evaluation of clear rich and natural sound. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, Sweden. 2020; D1788013.
  2. Hol MKS, Snik AFM, Mylanus EAM, Cremers CWRJ. Long-term Results of Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid Recipients Who Had Previously Used Air-Conduction Hearing Aids. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005;131(4):321–325.
  3. Hol MK, Nelissen RC, Agterberg MJ, Cremers CW, Snik AF. Comparison between a new implantable transcutaneous bone conductor and percutaneous bone-conduction hearing implant. Otol Neurotol. 2013;34(6):1071‐1075.