Bone conduction solutions for children

Being able to hear opens up a world of possibilities for children and parents alike. Find out how bone conduction implants may be able to help.

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What you will find on this page

  • See how a child's life has been transformed by a bone conduction implant

  • Learn about the benefits of bone conduction implants

  • Find out if a bone conduction implant can help your child

Every child is different and so is a child’s hearing loss. Perhaps your child is deaf in one ear or was born with Microtia or Atresia. Or perhaps they suffer from chronic ear infections or constantly draining ears and have hearing loss. Maybe they've tried hearing aids and are still struggling to hear. If your child has conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss or single-sided deafness, a bone conduction solution may be able to help.

"I noticed him struggling to interact with other people. He wasn't doing well in school and that's when I realized we need a different option (than hearing aids)... After Josh received his second Baha® 5 System, he showed so much improvement with his social life. He was super happy with it and I just cried."

- Emily, Mother of Baha® recipient 

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Does your child qualify for a bone conduction solution?

All of our bone conduction solutions are designed to help children who suffer from single-sided deafness, conductive or mixed hearing loss. Children under the age of five are able to gain access to sound through the use of a Softband or SoundArc™ with a Baha® 5 Sound Processor; these are non-surgical bone conduction solutions. If your child is over the age of five years old, they may qualify for a Baha® Implant System, and if they are over the age of 12, they may be eligible for the Cochlear™ Osia® System.

Conditions like Microtia and Atresia, Down Syndrome, Treacher Collins Syndrome, Goldenhar Syndrome and ear infections can make wearing hearing aids difficult.

A Hearing Implant Specialist will be able to advise if your child may benefit from a bone conduction implant. Find one today.

Will your child benefit from a bone conduction implant system?

The good news is that research and decades of experience demonstrate that a bone conduction implant system may help your child:1-5

  • Hear better, even in noisy situations2

  • Enjoy a clean, more natural sound because bypassing the damaged part of their ear may reduce the amount of amplification needed to help them hear better compared to hearing aids2

  • Hear sounds as if they are coming from both sides

  • Become more aware of their surroundings, increasing his or her ability to hear important sounds4

  • Engage in conversations more easily.

Cochlear's Bone Conduction Solutions

Your child is unique and their hearing solution should be, too. With our portfolio of bone conduction solutions, we can help your child hear better with more choices of wearing options, wireless connectivity solutions and personalized services.

The Cochlear™ Osia® Implant System is the world's first integrated, steady-state implant system that was designed to provide excellent and reliable hearing performance. The Osia System is an ideal hearing solution for children over the age of 12 and has a fitting range of up to 55 dB SNHL.*

The Baha® 5 Implant System offers different ways to connect with a bone conduction implant system using the same implant. The Baha ® Connect System is an abutment connection, and the Baha Attract System is a magnetic connection. Each system offers three head-worn sound processors for hearing loss up to 65 db SNHL* and are designed using Cochlear’s innovative technology so your child can benefit from better hearing today and into the future.

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

Yes! If your child is not yet ready for a bone conduction implant, or is under the age of five, they can experience better hearing with Baha Start. Baha Start offers two non-surgical wearing options if your child is not old enough or not yet ready for surgery.

The Baha Softband and SoundArc are non-surgical solutions that are designed to provide children under the age of five with the hearing performance and amplification they need to help with language development on par with their hearing peers.6,7 Both solutions are designed to provide the same hearing benefits and will work with any of the Baha 5 Sound Processors.

The Baha Softband and SoundArc wearing options

Learn more about Baha Start and your child's first step to hearing with a Cochlear bone conduction solution.

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Experience a Cochlear Bone Conduction System

With a bone conduction system, your child has the unique advantage of hearing the difference first. A Hearing Implant Specialist can help him or her try (or demo) a sound processor so they can hear how it might sound before you make any decisions. 

Want more information about bone conduction solutions?

We can send you a free informational guide about bone conduction implants for your child today.

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In the United States and Canada, a Baha Implant System is contraindicated in children below the age of 5. In the United States the Osia System is cleared for children over the age of 12.

Please seek advice from your medical practitioner or health professional about treatments for hearing loss. They will be able to advise on a suitable solution for the hearing loss condition. All products should be used only as directed by your medical practitioner or health professional. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative.

Views expressed by Cochlear recipients and hearing health providers are those of the individual. Consult your hearing health provider to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology. Outcomes and results may vary.

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*Sensorineural hearing level.


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