Helping You Select The Most Effective Hearing Aid For Your Developing Child

A child only has to be 4 weeks old in order to be fitted with some sort of hearing assistive technology or hearing aid. Together with a hearing specialist, you must firstly determine which type of aid is best for your child. This is done in consultation with early intervention teams and an audiologist. Together, you will evaluate what the needs of your child are. This is important because young children are not able to adjust their own hearing aids. You must therefore fully understand your child’s device, and you must be able to manipulate it easily. Your child’s hearing aid will be increasingly sophisticated as they grow older. At first, however, they need a hearing aid that can adjust amplification and frequency response. More often than not, this will be a digital model. Naturally, your child will grow and his ears will grow as well. As such, a new hearing aid has to be fitted on a regular basis. In the early years, this has to be done very often, but the rate does slow down as your child ages. If you use HATS (hearing assistive technology system), you also have to choose a hearing aid that can connect to that.

A huge range of hearing aids exists. However, the majority of children are fitted with a behind the ear (BTE) model. These can fit various earmolds. Another reason for its popularity is the fact that the mold can be removed and remade for growing ears. Plus, cleaning and handling the BTE is very easy. It is also very easy for parents to do a listening check. BTEs can also work with a range of different hearing losses. Additionally, attaching a BTE to another listening device is very easy. Finally, due to their soft material, BTEs are comfortable and safe.

Once the hearing aid is selected, it will be set by an audiologist using test results. Most of the time, your child will have real ear measurement done to fit the aid. Doing this will make it possible for the audiologist to compute the RECD (real ear to coupler difference). Through knowing the RECD, a hearing aid test box can be utilized to set and adjust the aid. As such, it will deliver much more accurate settings. All of this sounds incredibly complicated and technical, but you must remember it is done together with a team of specialists. Also, it won’t take long before you really get used to the hearing aid your child uses, and it will become second nature to work with it.

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