How to choose a hearing aid for children

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How to Select Hearing Aids

Hearing loss can be identified soon after birth. A child with a permanent hearing loss should be evaluated by an audiologist to determine which type of hearing instrument will be most beneficial. Children who have normal hearing begin using single words at about one year of age. In reality, a great deal of language is learned before children utter their first word. Hearing loss can disrupt language development because learning spoken language largely depends on the ability to hear speech. Hearing aids make sounds and speech audible to the child.

Audiologists at Via Christi usually recommend hearing instruments as soon as possible after a loss is identified.

Behind-The-Ear Hearing Instruments

BTE hearing instruments can be used with earmolds made of soft material as a safety precaution with physically active children. In general, BTE hearing instruments also require fewer repairs and remakes then ITE hearing instruments. In addition, they are more compatible with assistive devices such as FM systems. Many children with hearing loss will begin using FM systems and other assistive devices as early as 18-24 months of age in order to improve listening in difficult situations.

After the Hearing Instrument Evaluation

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends a thirty-day trial period with each new hearing instrument. During this time, the hearing instruments should be used as much as possible in everyday situations. Children's hearing and hearing instrument performance should be re-evaluated frequently to monitor hearing sensitivity and hearing instrument function. These appointments should be scheduled as recommended by the audiologist.

Identifying hearing loss and finding appropriate hearing instruments for a child is a process that may take weeks or months. Parents play an important part in this process of evaluating and using hearing instrument amplification. They provide valuable information about a child's responses and are critical to their child's successful use of hearing instruments.

(adapted from Boys Town National Research Hospital)



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