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Hearing Aids for Children
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.
Your Child's First Hearing Aid
Children can be fitted with hearing aids starting from 3 to 6 months of age. At this young age, behind-the-ear hearing aids are the best option for the child. A behind-the-ear hearing aid is made of two parts:
- Ear mold, which custom fits into the ear canal
- Hearing aid, which sits behind the ear and is selected by your family and audiologist
As your child continues to grow in size, the ear mold can be remade to fit the size and shape of your child’s developing ear. The hearing aid itself does not need to be replaced as your child grows; it will just be connected to the new ear mold. There will likely be several new ear molds made during the first few years of hearing aid use.
Monitoring Hearing as Your Child Grows
As your child grows, he or she will need regular follow-up appointments to be sure the hearing aid and ear mold still fit and provide the support needed. 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 the otolaryngologist (ENT).
Many children have fun with their hearing aid options and choose devices and ear molds in a variety of colors and designs. Hearing aid manufacturers also have specific pediatric programs in place for children. They have websites available with more information for the family and teacher, as well as stories and games for children. Along with the hearing aid, your child will also receive a special pediatric care kit that includes cleaning accessories, stickers and other fun items that support use and care.