I get asked A LOT about Maggie's headband. Most people think I just love headbands and that Maggie just wears big bows and headbands everyday for the fun of it. This is funny to me because I do not like headbands ! I don't think they are that cute and they always seem a little over the top ( in my opinion). Which makes it all the more funnier that Maggie HAS to wear one every day until she is at least five years old when she can get a bone anchored hearing aid ( BAHA). Until then, she will wear her headband every day, hot humid weather and all.
Maggie's headband is just a simple way to keep her bone conduction hearing aid on her head. She can not wear a hearing aid in her ear for two reasons. First, the cochlea in her normal ear does not work so a hearing aid would not help that ear. Second, her other ear is closed and tiny (microsia/atresia) and so a hearing aid can not go in a closed ear. So, the bone conduction hearing aid is just perfect for Maggie.
I am often asked " how does she keep that thing on, doesn't she pull it off " ? Nope. She does not mess with it at all. Amazing isn't it for a 19 month old. Maggie knows she can hear with her headband on and she likes it. She will stand very still with her head bent forward and wait patiently for me to put it on. She loves her headband. In fact, if it slips down over her eyes she will just pull it back on her head. It is her" miracle".