10 Hearing aid tips for children
If your child has hearing loss, it doesn’t have to take away from their academic experience.
Undiagnosed and/or untreated hearing loss can lead to speech and language delays in your child.
Ensuring your child has all the necessary tools and advice to contribute to better communication in the classroom is vital to their development from an academic, social, emotional, and psychological perspective.
Your child spends a lot of time in school and it should be a great experience for all the right reasons. They should be able to focus on being a student and not their hearing loss.
Tips to help your child get the most out of their hearing aids and their academic experience
1. Encourage your child to wear their hearing aids all the time. Consistent use will help them hear better and help your child better understand their lessons…and their friends.
2. Sometimes there’s a lot of stigma around wearing hearing aids and what they’ll look like. Remember that Hearing aids today come in a variety of colours and designs. You can even get cool fashion accessories so your child can express their unique style. Your child will be more likely to show off their hearing instruments when they’re able to express their own unique style. Speak, to your Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Practitioner about hearing aid styles.
3. Be a pro-active advocate for your child. Inform others about your child’s hearing loss and teach your child to let others be aware of their hearing loss.
4. Encourage your child to take ownership of their hearing instruments. They should understand the importance of their hearing aids, how to care for their devices and maintain them.
5. Encourage communication. Talking, singing and reading to your child is helpful to their language development.
6. Children diagnosed with hearing loss at a very young age may need professional help with speech and language development.
7. Speak clearly and at a moderate pace, but don’t shout. Make sure your mouth isn’t covered or that you don’t have food or gum in your mouth.
8. Use body language and facial expressions to provide non-verbal cues to help with comprehension. Don’t over do it. You don’t have to exaggerate.
9. Children with hearing loss may have a more difficult time learning to speak. Be patient and relaxed. Make sure you have your child’s full attention and that you’re both face-to-face before speaking to them.
10. Your child may require additional Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs), such as FM systems, along with their hearing aids. Consult your family’s hearing healthcare provider about whether these additional devices are necessary.