There are babies born every day with hearing loss and they make up only a small portion of the children that have lived with hearing loss for years. Hearing loss in childhood doesn’t have to be a birth defect as the hearing can deteriorate over time. Hearing loss as a child can cause isolation and stress just as it can in adults, this is because the child doesn’t understand what they’re going through and cannot always demonstrate their emotions. Hearing aids are an extremely important part of correcting hearing difficulties and it’s important that children wear them at all times.
Without hearing aids children may struggle to learn to speak and communicate with others. It can also stop certain areas from the brain from working because they have to be triggered by the sound impulses that are delivered by the hearing aids.
If a child does not learn to speak or communicate properly then this not only leads to slower development but could also lead to bullying in their early life. Children are the worst for excluding other children who are different and this could make your child feel even more isolated.
Wearing a hearing aid is important even if they only suffer from hearing loss in one ear. Wearing their hearing aids correctly will make your child’s school life so much easier and more enjoyable for them as they’ll be able to interact in class and their attention will be much better as they’ll have something to focus so they won’t get into trouble with teachers.
It’s important to make sure that your child continues to wear their hearing aids and although this may be hard, to begin with, you and they will reap the benefits in the end. However, it can be a little challenging to get your child to keep their hearing aids in so here are a few hints and tips to stop them from removing them.
Hearing aids can be hard to adjust to in exactly the same way that they are for adults. Hearing aids change the way you hear so you go from hearing nothing to absolutely everything extremely quickly. Hearing aids are especially hard to get used to in busy places with a lot of noise such as restaurants and parks.
The best way to encourage your child to leave the hearing aids is to allow them to have breaks from wearing them. If they’re new to the hearing aids then you can’t expect them to wear them for an entire day as they can be uncomfortable until they have properly molded to their ear. You should make them wear them at home when watching television and over dinner but allow them to remove them if you go out to a restaurant or other busy places until they become more used to the sounds that they create.
If you keep them busy they’re more likely to forget about their hearing aids and keep them in. Make them listen to music, talk to them, or let them watch their favorite TV program and they’ll soon forget about their ears.
Hearing aids can be expensive and children are especially forgetful and clumsy and often lose or break them.