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How hearing aids work for kids?

Question

Our child was recently diagnosed with hearing loss and now we’re trying to decide what the best course of action would be. We know hearing aids might help him lead a better social life, but we’re also worried about the potential hazards, and we’re not confident that he is responsible enough to not lose them or break them yet. Still, as parents we are willing to give this a shot, but before we do we want to know how hearing aids work for kids? Do most young ones respond well to them, and what can do to make it easier on him?

Answer

If a child requires hearing aids then it is vital that they wear them. The ability to hear speech is crucial for their own development of their speech as well as learning from what has been said. If you are in the UK then the NHS provides a fantastic service as well as free hearing aids. They will be able to advise you best on how to get your child to respond. Many hearing aids for children are very small, light and come in a variety of fun colours. The risk of losing/breaking the hearing aids is outweighed by the benefits to be gained by wearing them so don’t give up. If you’re not in the UK and need to fund this yourself then you may try to seek out some insurance against loss or damage. If you can’t get this then speak to your audiologist and explain the situation. They may be able to provide an affordable replacement scheme in the event that another hearing aid is required. 

Author: Paul Harrison

Date: Thursday 7th March, 2013

Published in: Hearing Aid Questions

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