Give your child with hearing loss the best support - learn how you can support and help in their everyday life.
Childhood hearing loss is often identified during newborn hearing screenings that are performed 24-48 hours after birth. However, some children who pass these screenings show signs of loss as they grow older. 1.1 billion people between the ages of 12-35 are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings with 12.5% having permanent damage.
Early identification and intervention is critical and allows professionals to work with families to educate them on how to support their child’s communication and developmental needs. Your hearing care professional will assess your child’s hearing and guide you through the next steps. Depending on the type and severity of your child’s hearing loss, interventions may include a combination of the following:
- Hearing aid technology– electronic device worn on the ear to amplify sound
- Cochlear implants - surgically implanted devices that directly stimulate the auditory nerve in the inner ear with electrical stimulation
- Speech therapy - therapeutic instruction designed to improve language development and communication.
- Assistive hearing devices - technology that helps transmit sounds directly to a child’s hearing aids and/or cochlear implants
There are many ways you can help your child be successful, including the following:
- Actively participate and promote communication to your child. Establish routines around talking and reading books. Speak clearly and no further than 6 feet away.
- Encourage your child to wear their hearing aids. Understand they may not want to wear them. Celebrate small successes until hearing aids are worn full time.
- Be prepared for the unexpected. Carry extra batteries, utilize a hearing aid clip that attaches the hearing aid to their clothing and carry the audiologist’s contact information.
- Reduce background noise whenever possible. Make it easier for your child to hear.
- Consider using assistive listening devices such as a ReSound Micro Mic, ReSound Multi Mic or an FM system.