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Softband bone anchored hearing devices (BAHD)

What is a softband bone anchored hearing device?

Softband bone anchored hearing devices (BAHD) are a type of hearing aid that can be used for children that have difficulty using traditional behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids. For example if they have:

  • frequent ear infections
  • underdeveloped outer ears
  • do not have ear canals
  • have ear shapes that will not hold the BTE hearing aids
  • extreme unilateral hearing loss

BAHD work by passing sound vibrations from a hearing aid processor to the parts of the ear which let us hear sounds naturally.

What happens at the softband BAHD fitting appointment?

This appointment will last for about 1 hour with audiologists who will talk to you about treatment options.

We might test your child’s hearing and do some questionnaires if we need more information. After this, we will offer your child a hearing aid processor that might be suitable.

We will programme your child’s BAHD to a prescription through the computer. We will work this out by asking your child to listen and respond to sounds. For younger children we will need to do other tests to see how they respond to sounds.

We will explain how the hearing aid works and how to use it. We will talk about any assistive devices or settings that may be useful.

How often will my child need to come back to see the audiologists after the first fitting?

You will have a review appointment 6 to 8 weeks after fitting. Here we will check how your child is getting on with the BAHD, and adjust the sound settings if needed.

We may need to do some speech tests and questionnaires to see how helpful the BAHD is for your child, and may make changes based on this information.

We will also plan the next appointment. This is usually be every 3 to 6 months for preschool children, and once a year for school age children.

If you have any concerns between appointments please contact us and we will arrange an earlier appointment.

What if my child’s BAHD is faulty?

You can phone one of the audiologists involved in the BAHD service at any time during office hours for advice.

What if my BAHD develops a fault?

You can phone one of the audiologists involved in the BAHD service at any time during office hours for advice.

How do we get replacement accessories?

You can phone the workshop to ask for replacement:

  • batteries
  • safety lines
  • softpads (if used)
  • battery drawers

These can be posted home.

If your BAHD is broken we can talk about arranging a repair or replacement for your. We might need you to come to an appointment for this.

Contact us

BAHD Service telephone: 0114 271 7450

Hearing Services Workshop telephone: 0114 27 17462

Suzanne Carrick (Specialist Audiologist)
Jane Scott (Chief Audiologist)
Rahema Liaqat (Senior Audiologist)
Peter Sainty (Senior Audiologist)

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: AUD25

Resource Type: Article

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