ONLY BUY ONE! Upgrade Entire Order to Bilateral Skinny Loops -->applies to entire order, just one upgrade needed, not valid without headband


Shipping to United States: $4.50

READ ME! Only ONE upgrade needed for all bands in order, bilateral or unilateral. Orders with more than one headband should select just ONE upgrade to their order, no matter how many bands.

This custom bilateral skinny loop upgrade is offered for cochlear processors to allow more access to microphones. If you want only some bands to have the skinny loop, please specify in Notes to Seller.

Please read additional information below:
-Skinny (1/8") top loop is permanently attached to bottom loop (5/8" elastic).
-This style does NOT apply to wide 1" or swim headbands.
-Colors are selected based on what I have on hand. I will choose a coordinating skinny loop color or you may request specific colors in the Notes to Seller upon checkout.
-This upgrade must be purchased with headbands. This listing is not valid for a headband itself.
-This style is not recommended when using the Roger FM receiver for Cochlear processors because the one-piece style may cover the FM port or stretch out too much.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

2-3 business days

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 2 - 3 business days
  • Europe : 2 - 3 weeks

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept cancellations

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Frequently Asked Questions

Size Recommendation

"Head Size" refers to actual head size, not size of band itself. For correct sizing measure your child's head just beyond the hairline where the elastic is expected to sit.

Most of my solid and print elastic bands are soft and stretchy. I sew a few centimeters smaller than the actual size of the wearer's head depending on the expected stretch. The glitter and velvet elastics have the most strength and least amount of "give." Buying a gift? These are typical sizes by age:

Birth to 3 months: 38-39cm
3 months to 6 months: 40-41cm
6 months to 1 year: 42-43cm
1 year to 18 months: 44-45cm
18 months to 2 years: 46-47cm
2 years to 3 years: 48-49cm

Safety Warnings and Disclaimers

Small children should not be left unattended with these products and adult supervision is always recommended since they may become loose. Elastics could cause strangulation if misused or if the child is left unattended. Please remove headband when putting your child down to sleep.

Headbands for Sophia is not affiliated with or endorsed by Cochlear or any other cochlear implant manufacturer. By purchasing headbands from this store, the buyer assumes all responsibility for its use and agrees that Headbands for Sophia is not liable for any damages of any kind related to use of its products.

Are these compatible with any over-the-ear cochlear implant processors?

The processor shown in most of the demo pictures is Cochlear's N5. The shape of Cochlear processors are similar to Advanced Bionics's; these would benefit from 2 loops, one above and one below the coil. The MED-EL's processor may be fine with just one loop below the coil. You can try the headband both ways with your processors to see what fits your needs best and cut off any unnecessary loops.

How do you make these?

For extra strength in my elastic headbands, I use my sewing machine to sew the seams and sew the loops. I heat-seal the edges of any cut elastic to prevent fraying. No glue is used except to make interchangeable headbands.

Can you make headbands with an interchangeable loop (aka bow loop)?

Any headband can be finished with an interchangeable loop (also called fixed bow loop) upon request at no extra charge. Just add this to your note.

In my shop, glitter headbands are always made interchangeable to ensure the wearer's comfort. An interchangeable headband allows you to add clip-on accessories, such as flowers and bows that are secured on an alligator clip.

Domestic Shipping (USA) Policy

All headbands are processed and mailed in the order received, within 2 business days after purchase. Larger orders may take an extra 1-2 days to process. Headbands are shipped using USPS First Class Package Services which includes tracking number and delivery confirmation. Delivery may take 2-5 days after I mail your order. You have the option to purchase a rush processing upgrade to USPS Priority Mail or UPS Ground during checkout but this does not always guarantee a faster delivery time.

International Shipping Policy

IMPORTANT: Your shipping address must be in English to be accepted by the USPS. Orders are shipped in a large padded envelope or small box via ASENDIA USA and should arrive within 1-3 weeks.


Items are simply marked as "headband for deaf" on the customs labels. If VAT has been pre-paid to Etsy, I will include the taxing reference number when printing the shipping label. Customers will be responsible for paying any additional taxes/VAT/duty fees that are imposed by their country of origin.

Can these be used for hearing aids?

Lots of customers purchase these for hearing aids, but usually only one loop is necessary for each aid since they are much smaller than a cochlear implant processor. Just enter a note to the seller upon checkout stating you want "one loop for each side for hearing aid use" or "right ear - cochlear, left ear - hearing aid". If you forget, you will be able to cut off any extra loops yourself, as they are not fixed onto the headband.

Shipping to EU Countries?

Unfortunately I am not able to ship to Germany and a few EU countries at this time. There is a recycling packaging law called Verpackungsgesetz (Packaging Act) where I must register and pay a yearly fee to allow my orders to be accepted and delivered in Germany. Many countries in EU now have a similar policy and I must pay to register in each country, like in France and Spain. I am not compliant at this time. Hopefully, new policies will be enacted soon to make it easy for small businesses like me to keep making my products available to more international customers.

This is a great option so the indicator light isn't blocked by a thicker band. Highly recommend!

The feature that caught my eye for this upgrade was actually the unilateral CI option. Having two sets of loops isn’t that big an issue, as the loops aren’t that thick. Since the headband was going under my bike helmet I figured less material might be more comfortable. The skinny band colours chosen to go with my headbands were a perfect match! It’s very easy to slip the loops around my Nucleus 8 and the sound processor stays securely in place while biking.

I use these every day for my 3 year old. We’ve been using them since he was one and he prefers to wear his processors with his headband because it keeps them more secure and relieves pressure from his ears. Great product!

Perfect update for N7 models.

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