new hearing aids, your child is now ready to hear more out of
life. There is a period of adjustment when you must help your
child learn to use and take care of their hearing aids.
It will take time for your child to grow accustomed to the hearing
aids. Familiar sounds may seem different.
some children, this will be their first experience at hearing
anything but extremely loud sounds. These children will need many
hours of listening and practice to learn words and identify other
sounds in their environment.
hearing healthcare professional will set up a schedule that will let
your child get used to wearing the hearing aids. After a little
while, your child should be wearing the hearing aids all day,
everyday, indoors and outdoors.
can help your child in many ways. For example, always speak to
your child in a normal voice. Many children find loud sounds uncomfortable,
even though they have a hearing loss. For the best listening conditions,
speak no more than six feet away from your child and make sure
that background noise is kept to a minimum. It may be difficult,
if not impossible, for your child to hear you while the television
You Need to Know
Once you become familiar with your childs hearing aids,
you will be able to identify and describe problems, if they occur.
hearing aids, regardless of style, contain:
microphone to pick up sounds
amplifier to make sounds louder
receiver to send these louder signals to the eardrum
battery to act as a power source
are available with all hearing aids. These may make it easier
for your child to use and accept their new hearing aids. Ask your
hearing professional about accessories that may be appropriate
for your child.
Your child can choose the color of their hearing aids.
Audio Input: The Direct Audio Input option allows the childs
hearing aids to be connected to a variety of listening devices
including home and school FM systems, television and home audio
Control Cover: A volume control cover prevents the child from
adjusting the volume control beyond the recommended loudness.
Tamper-resistant Battery Door: This battery door is designed
to protect against battery ingestion.
useful accessories include:
A hearing aid stethoscope is a convenient accessory for daily
listening checks of your childs hearing aids. This helps
you ensure that the hearing aids are working properly.
Earmold Air Blower: The air blower is useful for removing
water or moisture from the tubing on the earmold used with
behind-the-ear hearing aids.
Battery Tester: A battery tester can be useful for checking
the charge of hearing aid batteries.
not hesitate to ask your hearing healthcare professional for more
information about your childs hearing loss and new hearing
aids. The more you know, the better you will be able to help your