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When Can a Child Begin Using a Bone-anchored System with a Softband?

Ravi Sockalingam, PhD

November 25, 2013

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At what age can a child begin using a bone-anchored system with a softband?

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Based on my conversation with practicing pediatric audiologists, many children are ready to get a bone-anchored system on a softband as young as five or six months of age. The rationale for this age has to do with head control. When the child exhibits some head control and when the softband with the device in place will stay on the head, it is often an indication that the child should be ready to begin wearing it.

This Ask the Expert was adapted from the text course Surgical and Audiological Considerations in Pediatric Bone Anchored Solutions - click here to access the full course.

For more information on bone anchored hearing solutions, visit www.oticonmedical.com or the Oticon Medical Expo Page on AudiologyOnline.


ravi sockalingam

Ravi Sockalingam, PhD

Director of Clinical Research and Professional Relations

Dr Ravi Sockalingam is the director of clinical research and professional relations for Oticon Medical LLC. A native of Singapore, he completed his training in speech pathology and audiology at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia where he also received his PhD in Audiology. As a full time faculty in audiology he had taught and undertaken research in various areas of audiology in Australia, Israel, Canada, China, New Zealand. Prior to joining Oticon Medical LLC in Dec 2010, he was the senior audiologist and manager of audiology communications at Oticon’s international head quarters in Smorum, Denmark for three years.


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