Hearing aids for children

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Hearing aids for children

  1. 1. Hearing Aids for ChildrenHearing aids are some of the most commonly used treatments to address hearing related problems.Since hearing loss can affect people of all ages, hearing aids for children can present special challengesand difficulties. Here’s why:Hearing aids are difficult to fit on young children who may not beable to report what they are hearing, and may not have anyexperience to use to describe their experience, providing thatthey are able to speak. Special OAE, ABR and REM protocols maybe used to ensure correct fit, relative to the hearing loss.Hearing aids are designed to correct many hearing problems as long as they are worn and maintainedproperly. Children, especially young ones, do not fully understand this and may tend to play with them,lose them or simply not use them.In addition children who wear hearing aids may be teased about it from their peers. This makes it moredifficult to get them to wear the hearing aids. One way is to utilize very small models which are virtuallyinvisible. However this may not be appropriate for the type of hearing loss the child is experiencing orthey may not be able to use this type at all at this stage of their life.Much of the responsibility for long-term success depends upon training children in the steps necessaryto wear and maintain their hearing aids. They may need to make minor adjustments to the hearing aidsduring the day and should also be trained in some maintenance operations like checking the battery,etc.The hearing aids for children must also be very comfortable. Children often have a low tolerance fordiscomfort so if there hearing aids are not properly fitted, they will not wear them. Make certain thatthey are comfortable for your child and performing as expected.

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