There’s a lot to keep in mind when parenting. And though it doesn’t happen very often, occasionally taking stock of your child’s hearing is something to be aware of.
One reason to do this is, if a child develops hearing issues, early intervention can be key to ensuring the best long-term outcome.
This is especially true when problems are recognized when a child is at the age to begin talking—which also happens to be the most common time issues are recognized.
Prompt action will allow hearing aids to be introduced when they will be critical to helping a child develop normal speech patterns.
It will also allow a child to grow up with hearing aids as a normalized part of their development. Once acclimated to them, kids will soon fully incorporate them into their lives—as will those around them.
Younger children usually start out with basic types of hearing aids that are simple to use and able to take the kind of wear and tear young children can dole out, either receiver-in-canal (RIC) or behind-the-ear (BTE) models. The difference in these types of hearing aids is RICs have the receiver (think microphone) inside the ear canal while BTEs have them outside. Both have the “brains” of the units outside the ear, with BTEs oftentimes the best choice because they can incorporate earmolds that can be adapted as your child gets older.
With an ability to handle greater responsibility in the teenage years, kids can switch to in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids that are more discreet and fully able to incorporate contemporary communication technology. This allows for interconnectivity with wireless devices, including the networks that are now part of many schools and other public facilities.