For kids and teenagers with hearing loss, getting diagnosed and treated as soon as possible is important. It is especially crucial for young children who are still learning speech, as hearing is needed to develop language and social skills. The more access a child has to sound, the better they can communicate. For young children, delaying treatment by a few weeks or months can have a big impact on their development. Leaving hearing loss untreated can lead to children feeling isolated and becoming withdrawn, and prevent them from reaching their full potential.
The kind of treatment depends on the cause and nature of the hearing loss. It may be resolved by medical or surgical interventions. For others, devices such as hearing aids can be used to extend and enrich the range of hearing.
Pediatric Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are battery-powered devices that use microphones to amplify sounds in the ear. Today’s pediatric hearing aids feature state-of-the-art technology and modern designs. Behind-the-Ear (BTE) aids are the most suitable for children, but some custom In-the-Ear (ITE) aids are available for teenagers.
Hearing aids should enhance a child’s hearing, but they should also boost their confidence and empower them to live life fully. Pediatric hearing aids should be robust, water-resistant and dust-proof. Remote controls, child-safe push buttons and tamper-proof battery doors are essential features for very young children. Most aids carry Direct Audio Input (DAI) using an audio shoe, which provides compatibility with the FM/DM system provided by schools for students with hearing loss. Many hearing aids now provide connectivity to smart devices, televisions and computers via Bluetooth, to help keep kids connected to the world around them.