Hearing Care For Your Children

We all try to do the best for our children. Good education, fun and excitement, spending time with them are all important parts of raising a child. So what happens if they start to have hearing problems? According to research conducted in the USA, hearing loss, in varying degrees, affects two in every 100 children under the age of 18.

A family history of hearing loss does put a newborn at higher risk for having hearing loss.

Even if your newborn appears healthy, watch for signs that he or she is hearing well. Hearing milestones that should be reached in the first year of life include:

  • Most newborns startle or jump at sudden loud noises
  • By 3 months old a baby usually recognises a parent’s voice
  • By 6 months babies can usually turn their eyes or head toward a sound
  • By 12 months babies can usually imitate some sounds and produce a few words, such as “Daddy” or “bye-bye”

Your child may be at higher risk for hearing loss if he or she:

  • was born prematurely
  • had complications at birth
  • has frequent ear infections

If a hearing care consultant recommends hearing aids for your child, it’s important that he or she wears them continuously. This is because;

  • from birth to three years old, children’s brains are in a period of rapid development. Consistent sound input is critical for developing normal brain pathways for hearing, speech and cognitive functions
  • early listening and speaking are vital for language development
  • consistent hearing is important for children in bonding with their parents. It builds trust and deeper emotional links

Tips for Parents

It can be difficult to keep hearing aids on your child, especially toddlers. If your child resists hearing aids or frequently pulls them off, try;

  • developing a routine each day for putting your infant or child’s hearing aids on
  • putting the hearing aids on your child while you’re working on a fun activity together
  • a soft headband that you can secure over the hearing aids, but make sure the microphone isn’t covered
  • using special clips to keep the hearing aids attached to your child’s clothes so you won’t lose the expensive devices

Children, just like adults, should have their hearing evaluated at regular checkups. Hearing tests usually are done between 4 to 6 years old then every 2 years or so until 18 years old. When you come to Clarisound for a free, quick hearing check, bring your son or daughter with you. Or get yourself checked if you are bringing your child for an appointment at Clarisound.