Cochlear™ Baha® Start

Take the first step to better hearing with a Softband or SoundArc™, both are designed for those who are not old enough or not yet ready for a bone conduction implant.

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Baha Start for children

Your child's first step to better hearing

Baha Start is our non-surgical bone conduction solution that features the Baha® Softband or SoundArc™ and Baha Sound Processor options for children who are not old enough* or not yet ready for a surgical solution.

Baha Start with the Softband or SoundArc wearing options are designed to provide your child with a non-surgical hearing solution that provides them with the hearing performance and amplification they need to maximize language development on par with hearing peers.1,2

It's important that if your child has hearing loss, they gain access to sound as soon as possible. That's why we offer Lend an Ear. Our Lend an Ear program provides children under the age of 12 access to an appropriately-fit Baha Sound Processor while the insurance approval takes place, which means your child can start their hearing journey sooner rather than later.

Secure. Comfortable. Practical.

The Baha SoundArc and Softband solutions are lightweight, easy to wear and fit securely and comfortably with a modern look that kids will love. They come in several sizes and offer a variety of colors so your child can match their hair, mood or clothes.

Wearing Options


SoundArc BlackSoundArc BrownSoundArc GreenSoundArc GreySoundArc PinkSoundArc Turquoise

Baha Softband: An ideal choice for babies and toddlers


"We wanted to ensure that when she hit kindergarten, she would be in the same place as her hearing peers."

- Mother of Lucy F., Baha® recipient

Baha SoundArc: An effective and stylish non-surgical solution

"The SoundArc is fantastic! It is comfortable and light weight, so my son can wear it for the entire day without getting tired of it."

- Shannon, mother of SoundArc recipient


Baha Start for adults

You can experience the brilliance of bone conduction with Baha Start by using a Baha Softband or SoundArc and the Baha Sound Processor that fits your level of hearing loss.


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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*In the United States and Canada, the placement of a bone anchored implant is contraindicated in children below the age of five. In the United States and Canada, the Osia System is cleared for children ages five and older.


  1. 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 O torhinolaryngol. 2005;69:973-80.
  2. Lieu JC. Speech-Language and Educational Consequences of Unilateral Hearing Loss in Children. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2004;130(5):524-30.