Nov2016DailyMailAustralia

Little Jaime Pliksh is proud to have cochlear implants. After the four-year-old was diagnosed with profound hearing loss as a newborn, she was given her first pair of hearing aids but when she began teething she'd chew on them instead of leaving them in place on her head. In need of a solution, Jaime's mum, 29-year-old Lisa, searched high and low for a way to keep Jaime’s hearing aids in place. That's when she decided to hand stitch special headbands in  beautiful designs to keep the devices attached to Jaime’s ears. 'Little babies like to explore, and for Jaime her hearing aids were more like a  toy to her,' Ms Pliksh said. 'I started to explore options, but  there wasn't much out there. All I could find were baby pilot caps in the U.S, but they only came in three boring colours. 

Entrepreneurial mum

Creative thinking: Mother Lisa Pliksh, pictured with her children Jaime and brother Bailey, made colourful headbands for her daughter's hearing aids

'That's when I started making these elastic headbands myself. They're designed to keep hearing aids and cochlear implants in place. 'Jaime loves helping me choose different styles and elastics. She always comes to me for different requests. She's a girly girl, so that means a lot of pink and glitter. I was happy to do it in my spare time, but when interest grew my friends told me I should set up a little business. There wasn't really availability here in Australia for these headbands, so I decided to set up a shop on Etsy.'

Jaime

Little Jaime now has cochlear implants in her ears and Ms Pliksh's initial target group was for other local families with kids who had cochlear impants or hearing aids, but since setting up shop in August, she has already filled more than 200 orders. Now 80 per cent of her business, Jaime's Quiet World, is international, with customers coming from the U.S, the UK, and Japan. As a full-time paramedic Lisa's hours are limited, so she runs her business late at night after the kids have gone to sleep. 

'Mostly everything for Jaime revolves around pink and sparkles, but she's put in a new request for a character called Blaze from Blaze and the Monster Machine, which is a monster truck,' she said. Some of the designs also feature charms which hang off the implants like earrings. 'She said she doesn't need earrings like me because she has her implants. She sees it as an opportunity to accessorise herself and be quite proud,' Ms Pliksh said.

'Jaime loves showing off her cochlear implants because she loves showing off her decorations. I feel like it's important. I want other kids to be able to wear their aids or implants without hassles. They shouldn't be falling off when they play sports. But on another level, it's about making kids and adults proud of their hearing aids or cochlear implants. They're not something that should be hidden of disguised.'