If your child has any degree of hearing loss, it is not only safe but necessary for them to wear a hearing aid. If not corrected or addressed, a limited ability to hear can have a significant negative impact on your child’s development. For example, your child could have trouble with language acquisition if they can’t hear a full range of sounds as an infant or toddler. School-age children may struggle to get good grades and master basic skills like reading and math if they can’t hear their teacher’s explanations. And children of any age can become isolated and fail to develop social skills if they can’t communicate with their peers. Fortunately, you can give your hearing-impaired child the opportunity to interact effortlessly with others by simply investing in a quality children’s hearing aid.
While there are many different types and models of hearing aids on the market today, behind the ear hearing aids are really the only hearing aids that are safe for young children to wear. These hearing aids are comfortable, durable, and easy to take in and out of the ear. Because they are easy to remove each night, there is little risk of your child developing problems related to a lack of airflow to the inner ear.
When choosing a specific model of behind the ear hearing aid for your child, be sure to follow your hearing aid specialist’s advice regarding the availability of features like water resistance, speech recognition technology, feedback management, and direct audio input. Infants and toddlers need to hear as much sound as possible to stimulate their brains, while older children need speech recognition technology and/or direct audio input to help them hear well in school.
Because children’s bodies are constantly growing, the earpiece or earmold part of their behind the ear hearing aid will need frequent adjustments to ensure a good fit. You will probably need to have the earmold changed several times each year.
You will also want to make sure that your child’s hearing aid is always clean and free of wax and oil buildups that can damage the unit. As the child grows, their hearing aid specialist can teach them to handle maintenance tasks like cleaning, battery replacement, and volume adjustment on their own so that they can take charge of their hearing and develop healthy habits that will serve them well into adulthood.