Hearing aids are the most effective and common treatment option for most types of hearing loss, and they are extremely useful for both children and adults alike. Since children’s language and social skills have not fully developed as adults’ have, getting the highest quality of sound possible delivered to your child’s ear is a top priority.
Pediatric Hearing Loss
Getting a child with hearing loss immediate treatment is vital to his or her developmental, learning and behavioral abilities. Treatment options will be based on the type, severity and frequency of your child’s hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Styles
There are several styles of hearing aids for adults, but children are typically fitted with Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aids. BTE hearing aids have a casing, which sits behind the ear and houses all the electronics, which attaches over the top of the ear by tube that runs down the ear and connects to a custom mold in the ear canal.
These hearing aids are the most powerful and effective for relaying consistent, understandable sound. As the inexpensive, custom molds can be made to fit the child’s ear as they grow, BTE hearing aids are considered the best option for children.
In some cases, especially in older children whose language is mostly developed, a pediatric audiologist may suggest other models of hearing aids for your child. These models may be more appealing to older children and teens due to their cosmetics and comfort. Smaller, sleeker styles include: In-The-Ear (ITE), In-The-Canal (ITC), Completely-In-the-Canal (CIC) and Receiver-In-the-Canal (RIC) hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Accessories
Along with your child’s hearing aids, there are a number of important accessories that can improve language and learning. Children and adults alike commonly use classroom-specific hearing aid accessories, as classes and lecture halls prove to be some of the hardest places to focus for those with hearing loss.
For older children who understand their hearing loss, wireless remote control accessories and apps allow for precise hearing aid adjustments without having to touch the tiny and delicate controls on the hearing devices themselves. Other similar accessories can allow your child to wirelessly connect directly to important equipment like televisions, cell phones, computers and MP3 players, which will help them relate more easily to their peers and family members.