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  1. 1. Early detection is important with children and hearing loss. A hearing center specialist can help you find the right treatment for your child.digital hearing aids
  2. 2. Imagine taking your child to a pre school screening and they fail the hearingtest The person administering the test will likely tell you not to worry Perhapsshe sees this all the time Children dont test well when theyre distracted Butthen you find yourself noticing that your child doesnt always hear people thefirst time You dismiss it The following year is the kindergarten screening, andthe person from child development tells you your child is not hearing withinnormal ranges
  3. 3. Early detection is key Your child may have a digital hearing aids type ofhearing loss that can be treated with a hearing aid or surgery In fact, withouttreatment your child may fall behind in school quickly Your first step shouldbe to contact your family physician They may determine your child needs anaudiologist The audiologist specializes in hearing and balance Before theappointment, verify the one you have selected sees children
  4. 4. The test used depends on age and development A hearing center wouldsuggest the appropriate test For example, a baby about five months to twoyears would use a test called visual reinforcement audiometry This would be achild sitting on a parents lap in the middle of a room When the child hears anoise they look toward it, seeing a light Another option would be for olderchildren The child would be asked to put a toy in a bucket each time they heara sound
  5. 5. Auditory brainstem response evaluation can also be performed Your childwould have to be asleep or sedated, depending on his or her age The hearingcenter would place leads on your childs head These leads would measurehow the brainstem reacts to sound Otoacoustic emissions testing is the otheroption A microphone and speaker are inserted in the childs ear This testmeasures the way the ear sends sound back out of the ear canal
  6. 6. When testing is complete your family should have a clear picture of what yourchild needs If your child has conductive or sensorineural losses, a medical orsurgical treatment may be tried first Your child may need a hearing aid as partof treatment Hearing aids in children are somewhat different than they are foradults As with the rest of your child the ears will continue to grow While ahearing aid that fits into the ear might be preferred, its not always the bestoption A good option might be a behind the ear unit
  7. 7. A hearing center should be able to offer you all the options, helping you makethe best decision for your child While a hearing aid is not going to fix theproblem, it can help amplify sound Now your child will be able to focus inclass, and hear peers Perhaps your child can even hear you when you tell himto pick up his dirty socks Well, you can try
  8. 8. digital hearing aids