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This could be an audiologist, hearing aid provider, otolaryngologist, or otologist who specializes in hearing loss treatment for children. Most offer a hearing test at no cost, but check beforehand. If you need help finding one close to you, please click here.
The hearing care professional will examine your child’s ears for possible physical causes of hearing loss like excessive wax build-up or an infection. A hearing test will also be performed to measure their ability to detect sounds at various frequencies or pitches. The entire process usually takes about an hour. It doesn’t hurt and will help the hearing care professional find a solution to suit your child’s particular needs. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and encourage your child to be as open and relaxed as possible.
Depending on the test results, the hearing care professional will give you a recommendation of hearing loss solutions best suited to your child’s hearing and personal needs. Do your own research on the solutions available. Check with your health insurance to find out how much of the costs will be covered. The hearing care professional knows best what your child needs audiologically, but you will make the ultimate decision together because you know your child best. It is important and beneficial to involve your child in this process.
If your child will be receiving hearing aids, then they will be scheduled for an ear impression, which makes an exact duplicate of the contours of their ears. The ear impression is sent to the manufacturer to make custom earmolds for coupling the hearing aid to the ear. Usually, this only takes a few days.
The next appointment will be for the hearing care professional to optimally adjust your child’s hearing aids. The adjustments are normally done with a computer, based on an audiogram (a kind of map of your child’s hearing loss), and depending on age and speech development, your child’s reactions or comments. The hearing care professional will teach you and your child how to operate the hearing aids and how to hear best in different environments. If your child is young, then you should practice inserting and removing his or her hearing aids and learn how to clean and care for them.
Your child will be asked to wear the new hearing aids for a few days in their regular surroundings. You (or your child, if older) may want to keep a written record of their impressions of the sounds they hear. Based on how well your child can hear in everyday surroundings, the hearing care professional might make additional adjustments to the hearing aids.
Learning to listen with hearing aids may take time and a degree of patience in the beginning. Be realistic. Don’t expect 100 percent hearing in every situation.
Hearing care professionals do far more than test and evaluate your child’s hearing impairment. They can also present you with a variety of hearing solutions and opportunities for your child to enjoy the sounds of life. These solutions focus on safety and robustness, as well as connectivity. Wearing hearing aids may be necessary for your child’s hearing health, but they need not be uncomfortable, inconvenient, or embarrassing.
A hearing care professional can help you select the hearing loss solutions most appropriate to your child’s hearing requirements by providing specific information about FM systems for improved learning in school and other devices to keep your child connected in today’s high-tech world. We have unique options for active kids and teens from robust and waterproof to tiny and discreet. We even have hearing aids that make it easier for youngsters to hold conversations at parties or in other noisy surroundings. Learn more about Signia hearing aids for active kids and teens.
The following is a list of hearing aid questions for parents and caregivers to ask an audiologist or other hearing care professional in order to ensure an optimal fitting process for a child:
There are different types of hearing aids on the market for different kinds of hearing loss and age groups. The hearing aids you select should meet your child’s specific requirements for safety, style, and audiological features. Getting accurate information on hearing aids is important as not all are intended for children’s use.
A DAI is necessary for linking the hearing aids to FM systems—the wireless transmission system that is mostly used in schools and especially in difficult, noisy listening environments to improve speech intelligibility.
Does health insurance pay the costs? How much will you have to pay for the hearing aids and accessories yourself? Are hearing aid batteries included or do you have to buy them separately? Are there available payment plans?
Child-specific accessories might include a clip to attach the hearing aids to the child’s clothes to avoid getting lost or a maintenance kit with accessories to help keep the hearing aids clean and working.
Children enjoy making choices for themselves. The opportunity to choose the color of their hearing aids supports a child’s psychological ownership. Ask your hearing care professional if the hearing aids your child needs come in a choice of colors.