There are a number of options to chose from for children who may benefit from hearing technology. While the purpose of hearing technology is to improve hearing, keep in mind that no technology can guarantee a child will hear and understand speech or other specific sounds. Each child’s experience and results using hearing technology will be different.
Parents should also consider how their child will access information during times the hearing technology cannot be worn, such as when engaged in water activities or other active sports or overnight.
Because hearing aids are small, easy to put in and take out, and expensive, parents may have concerns about their child wearing or possibly losing their hearing aids. Each child is different, but establishing consistent routines can help, as well as building positive associations with hearing aids.
Pay close attention to how your child responds to wearing hearing aids. A child who refuses to wear them could be experiencing discomfort (perhaps he or she has outgrown the earmold) or the hearing aid volume might be too loud or too soft.
Get your child involved in making decisions about hearing aids when possible. Some children may be more inclined to wear a hearing aid if they are part of the decision-making process, perhaps being encouraged to choose the color of their earmolds, clips or other accessories. Other children may just want to put them in themselves, or help if they are too young to do it independently.
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Cochlear implants may be recommended by audiologists for children who receive little or no useful benefit from hearing aids. Like hearing aids, the amount of benefit each child receives from cochlear implants will be different.
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