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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Baha system for children 5 years of age or older when the skull has become thicker and stronger to allow for osseointegration of the titanium implant to the bone of the skull. For infants and young children who are not yet surgical candidates, a Baha processor may be worn on a Softband, an elastic band with a Velcro fastener. The Baha sound processor snaps onto a plastic disk sewn into the Softband. For bilateral conductive losses, the BahaSoftband provides an average of 40.5 dB functional gain across the speech spectrum (Christensen, Nicholson, Luxen, & Martin, 2007).
The Softband is manufactured by Cochlear Americas and comes in a variety of colors. Alternatives to the Softband have been developed by KidlfyxKreations (www.kidlfyxkreations.com) and include baseball caps and headbands with a wider variety of colors and bows.