Hearing Aids for Children with Hearing Loss
Our Doctors of Audiology and Audiologists offer a complete range of hearing aids for children with hearing loss. Children with hearing loss often benefit from a hearing device. There are different types of hearing devices. Your audiologist may recommend a device based on a variety of factors, including your child’s age; degree, type and severity of hearing loss; and physical factors, such as the shape of your child’s ears. If medicine and/or surgery cannot correct the hearing loss, a hearing device may be an option for your child.
Hearing devices can improve the ability of a child with hearing loss to communicate with friends and family, learn to speak more clearly and understand their teachers at school. The goal is to reduce delays in speech and language development, improve communication and lessen the risk of academic difficulties.
Hearing aids and devices are battery-powered and most are worn on and/or in the ear(s) to help children with hearing loss hear more clearly. They pick up speech and other sounds through tiny built-in microphones, make them louder, and send them into a child’s ears. Hearing aids and devices help to make speech more clear.
Hearing devices are “digital”, which allow audiologists to use computers to tell the digital chip inside of hearing aids how much loudness to add at different frequencies or pitches based on your child’s hearing loss. Think of digital hearing aid “programming” like adjusting the bass or treble controls of your stereo, rather than simply just turning the overall volume up or down.
Some hearing devices are able to connect directly to smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices, which allows your child to easily listen to music, hear the TV and talk on the phone.
Your audiologist will discuss options with you if your child is a candidate for a hearing device.