Hearing Aids for Children - A guide to Hearing Loss

There are a few things to think about when considering a hearing aid for your child. These include ease of use, colour and how easy it is to look after it. Children adapt better than adults to a hearing aid but it’s a case of finding the right one for him/her.

The main issue is that of handling the hearing aid. Adults tend to find it easier to fit and remove the hearing aid than children, and can help them with this until the child is able to do this by themselves.

Owning a hearing aid means knowing how to use the settings, changing the battery and looking after it. Your audiologist will be able to advise both you and your child on how to do this but you need to know how to do this for yourself.

Choosing a hearing aid

There are a few considerations when choosing a hearing aid for your child which include:

  • The type of hearing loss and the extent
  • Pre-disposition to ear infections and other ear problems
  • Robustness and durability
  • Ease of use
  • Indicates when the battery is low
  • Ability of your child to use a hearing aid
  • Colour preference
  • Able to be used at school

It is a case of weighing up the pros and cons of a hearing aid and seeing how it compares it with another. Hearing aids for children are smaller. The most popular types of hearing aids for children are:

  • Behind the ear (BTE)
  • In the canal (ITC)
  • Completely in the canal (CITC)

If you are looking at purchasing a hearing aid privately then be aware this costs more than an analogue hearing aid.

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