Change can be difficult for many children, and adapting to hearing aids is no exception. Approximately 14.9% of children ages six to 19 have low- or high-frequency hearing loss of at least 16 decibels in one or both ears. One way to help your child through their experience with hearing loss is to give them the tools they need to adjust to hearing aids. Let’s look at a couple of ideas to help your child get used to their new devices.
Consistency of wear is important when adjusting to new hearing aids, but so is comfort during acclimation. Start by having your child wear their hearing aids during activities they find fun, like playing at Limberlost Family Park, drawing or watching their favorite movie.
Teach Your Child That Hearing Aids Are Normal
Your child’s friends will inevitably notice or ask questions about their new hearing aids. Your child may feel that their devices make them different or strange. Talking to your child about their hearing aids and teaching them how to discuss their devices with others can help them feel more comfortable. A couple of great ways to make your child feel comfortable discussing their devices include:
- Be upfront about their hearing aids. Have a frank and open discussion with your child about their hearing loss and assistive devices. Tell them why they have trouble hearing and how their devices help. Discuss the ins and outs of their devices to prepare them to answer their friend’s questions. If you’re unsure how to start, consider making an appointment with your child’s audiologist, either with or without your child, to learn all about their hearing loss and new devices.
- Read books. Exposing your child to literature focused on characters with hearing loss is a great way to make them feel less alone in their diagnosis. It may seem small, but seeing other kids, even fictional ones, with hearing loss can empower your child to embrace their hearing aids and confidently approach questions.
Involve Your Child
Involving your child in hearing loss treatment can help them feel more in control of their lives. Include them in discussions with their audiologist, give them a say in their hearing aid type and let them design their routine surrounding their devices.
Starting small, teaching them how to talk about their hearing aids and involving them in their treatment are all great ways to help your child adjust to their new devices. To learn more about starting hearing loss treatment, contact Arizona Hearing Specialists today to make an appointment with one of our specialists.