Pediatric Hearing Aids
For children requiring amplification, we offer hearing and assistive technologies. Our pediatric protocols adhere to best practice among the American Academy of Audiology and the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing.
How Do Hearing Aids Work?
Most hearing aids share the same basic parts: a microphone, digital amplifier and speaker. Sound enters the microphone, then is sent to an amplifier to make the sound louder. Depending on the shape and severity of hearing loss, hearing aids may cause some pitches to sound louder than others. An audiologist can connect a hearing aid to a computer to change the sound to meet the individual needs of a patient.
Earmolds for Hearing Aids
The earmold is specifically molded to the shape of your child’s ear. It is important for earmolds to fit snugly in the ear. Earmolds need to be replaced fairly often as your child’s ear grows.
Information and resources on Hearing Aids & Assistive Devices:
In addition to Hearing Aids, Hear 2 Learn also offers other Assistive Devices, including:
- Cochlear BAHA (non-surgical softband): Bone Anchored Hearing Aids
- FM Systems
- Telephone Devices that assist children with hearing loss with using the telephone
- Personal Listening Systems
- Alerting Devices
When Can My Child be Fit With Hearing Aids?
Children who have been identified as having permanent hearing loss should begin wearing hearing aids as soon as loss is identified. Your child's audiologist will introduce your child to hearing aids, and will slowly increase the amount of time the child wears the hearing aid. The objective will be to get your child used to wearing the hearing aid until eventually the child wears the hearing aid during all waking hours, with the exception of bathing.
What Kind of Hearing Aid is Best for My Child?
You will explore all of your options with your pediatric audiologist and early intervention team to evaluate your child’s needs. Since very young children cannot adjust their own hearing aids, the hearing aid selected for infants must be easily manipulated and monitored by parents and caregivers.
As your child grows and develops and can respond to more sophisticated assessments, the hearing aids are adjusted accordingly. Your audiologist will adjust your child’s hearing aid settings through the computer using special equipment to ensure that he/she is getting the correct amount of sound based on his/her hearing loss.
It is important to know that, as a child grows, the ear grows too. This means that earmolds will need to be remade on a regularly scheduled basis—more often when children are very young and less often as children get older and their ears grow more slowly.
In educational and home settings, children frequently connect their hearing aids to hearing assistive technology systems. Therefore, the hearing aid prescribed should have special features (telecoil and direct audio input capability) that will allow for this connection.
The appropriate type of hearing aid depends on your child's individual needs and skills. The behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid is the type of hearing aid most commonly recommended for infants and young children for a number of reasons, including:
- It can accommodate a wide variety of hearing losses.
- It is compatible with other listening devices.
- The earmolds are made of a soft material that is safer and more comfortable for tiny ears compared to in-the-ear hearing aids.
Assistive Technology and Early Intervention
Early Intervention is a family-centered program through your county’s health department that provides diagnostic and therapy services, and, in some cases, assistive technology for children from birth through three years of age who have developmental delays.
Are There Any Suggestions on How to Keep Hearing Aids on my Child?
It is very important that children with hearing loss use their hearing aids as much as possible. A child who has been wearing hearing aids consistently since infancy will probably wear them without resistance. Children who have not been consistent hearing aid wearers may be more of a challenge.
Start by putting the hearing aids on your child while you are engaged in a fun activity and increase the amount of time until your child is wearing the hearing aids during all waking hours.
Young children should learn that only an adult should put the hearing aids on and take the hearing aids off. Older children may be more interested in their hearing aids if they are able to provide input into the color of their earmold or hearing aid.
There are several ways to secure the Hearing Aids to your child’s ears. Some ideas include:
- Tone Hooks: Many device manufacturers have child sized tone hooks that can help the hearing aid sit in a better position on your baby's ear.
- Two-sided tape / Adhesives: Toupee or wig tape can help hold hearing aids in place behind your child's ears.
- Huggie Aids ™: Huggie Aids hold your baby's hearing aid in place without adhesives, using a soft rubber ring.
- Eyeglass or Sunglass Bands: These bands can be attached around the tone hook of your child's hearing aid.
More information on helping your baby adjust to Hearing Aids:
Additionally, your audiologist will work with your family to help you find the best method for your child.
Questions About Hearing Aids and Assisitive Devices for Children?
Our audiologists are ready to answer your questions on hearing aid and assisitve device dispensing.