When it comes to hearing aids, the needs of the children and family are extremely important. Early identification of hearing loss and early intervention with hearing aids or other hearing assistance will provide your child a greater opportunity for continued growth and development.
Children can be fit with hearing aids starting from 3-6 months of age. At this young age, behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are the best option for the child. A BTE is made of two parts, the earmold which fits into the ear canal and the hearing aid itself which sits behind the ear. As your child continues to grow in size, the earmold can be remade to fit the size and shape of the developing ear. The hearing aid itself does not need to be replaced; it will just be connected to the new earmold. There will likely be several new earmolds made during the first few years of hearing aid use.
There will be frequent follow-up appointments in young children fit with hearing aids. Specialized testing and evaluation techniques will be used to see that the hearing aids are providing added benefit. Your child’s progress will be closely monitored by both the audiologist and their otolaryngologist.
Many children have fun with their hearing aid options and choose devices and earmolds in a variety of colors and designs. Hearing aid manufacturers also have specific pediatric programs in place for children. They have Web sites available with more information for the family and teacher, as well as stories and games for the kids. Your child will also get a special pediatric care kit that comes with the hearing aids that includes cleaning accessories, stickers and other fun items.