Anyone who has ever been around a two-year old knows how difficult it is to get any child to wear something on their head. There’s a reason why those sun hats have bands!
Similarly, getting your child to wear their Baha Softband can prove challenging. Being able to hear from the start plays a crucial role in a child’s learning, language and development. Research shows that, if hearing rehabilitation is delayed, it is uncertain if the child can catch up with their normal hearing peers. So, in waiting for implant surgery*, the Baha Softband is really a great way for your child to develop his or her hearing!
Here are six tips to make the experience easier for both you and and your child:
- The Baha Softband should be ﬁtted ﬁrmly but comfortably. You should be able to insert one ﬁnger underneath the band. Tightening it more does not improve the sound. Making sure your child is comfortable – and wears it – does.
- Let your child wear the band shorter periods of time during the ﬁrst few weeks, until he or she becomes used to it.
- The disk should be placed ﬂat behind the ear or at any other bony location of the skull, such as the forehead . For example, if your infant is lying on its back, put it on their forehead for best comfort.
- Vary the position of the disk every day to avoid tenderness in one place.
- The material is latex-free to increase comfort and reduce risk of allergy. We recommend hand wash in 40°C (104°F) – no tumble-drying.
- For infants with tiny heads (less than 36 cm circumference), use the bilateral Baha Softband to make it smaller. Remove the short bilateral extension as shown in the images below, and reconnect.
* In the United States and Canada, the placement of a bone-anchored implant is contraindicated in children below the age of 5