It is very important that parents who are choosing hearing aids for their children know as much as possible about what they can expect from the device they decide upon. You need to be as informed as possible regarding what these devices can do and what they can not do, as well as how to operate them.
Your child can still develop good language and speech skills even if he or she has to wear hearing aids. The key to getting the maximum benefit out of them is by making sure your child uses them regularly and knows how to operate and take care of them.
Hearing aids have amplifiers, volume control, a microphone, a battery, and several other components. As sound enters the microphone it is amplified by the processor and directed through the device to the wearer's ear. It is molded specifically to the shape of the ear, so it will need to be replaced as your child grows. Children as young as four weeks can use these devices.
You and your audiologist must know exactly what your child needs. If your child is very young, he or she will not be able to adjust the device on your own and will need your help. As a result, you need to make sure you can easily monitor and adjust the device. The older your child gets the more sophisticated the auditory tests he or she will undergo. As a result, the hearing aids will be adjusted.
In many instances, children will be able to connect their auditory devices to some sort of assistive technology wherever they are at home or in school. It is very important that the device will have capabilities such as telecoils and direct audio input.
One of the most commonly used types of hearing aids used by children is known as a behind-the-ear, or BTE, model. It is recommended because it can accommodate various sizes of ears, and can be remade as the child grows. It can be easily cleaned and can help with a wide range of auditory losses. In addition, it is made of a soft material so that it is more comfortable for children to wear, as well as safer.
Your audiologist will set the device according to the results of your child's auditory tests. One method of fitting is known as real ear measurement. This will provide a more accurate fit and more reliable performance.
It is very important that children wear their device as much as they can. The youngger a child starts wearing one, the less resistant he or she will be to using it. However, it could be more challenging if a child does not start wearing one until he or she is older.