Atresia/microtia is a congenital disorder where one or both ears are underdeveloped. Children born with atresia/microtia usually have a conductive hearing loss, meaning the inner ear is healthy and functioning but the sound cannot get in since there is no ear canal, no eardrum, and the small ear bones are not developed properly.
Because of this, children with microtia usually can’t wear conventional behind the ear hearing aids.
But, just like adorable 2-year old Lucy in the video below, they can benefit from a bone conduction system!
“Lucy received her Baha sound processor on a softband at three months of age,” says her mother Alexandra. “The first time she put it on, her eyes seemed to sparkle just a bit more. During that first time she’d often grab the sound processor and pull it off. But as she got older, she tolerated it more and played with it less and less. That had been our hope, we wanted the Baha to be a part of her. When she was 20 months old, I took her sound processor and put it in the drier bag because it was raining. But Lucy screamed for her “Ba” until we took it out again, in the car, and put it on her. To me that was confirmation that whatever it’s doing for her, she knew there was a difference. Now I believe she truly loves it. She wears it all day and it’s part of who she is.”
The Baha Softband is a great way to test the Baha system before you actually have the surgery. It’s designed for children who are too young* to be implanted, so they can use a Baha sound processor until then. The Softband is latex-free and has built-in safety releases, which are designed to open if it should catch on an object. They’re available in different colors and can be used with both one and two sound processors. Read more here!
* In the United States and Canada, the placement of a bone-anchored implant is contraindicated in children below the age of 5