Kid Friendly Hearing Aids
Make Your Child Want To Wear Their Hearing Aid
We began our journey when my daughter was born. She never passed a hearing test. We've had tubes twice and at her last appointment we were informed that she was still experiencing hearing loss and would benefit from hearing aids.
Since the diagnosis, I've been talking with my 7 year old about wearing hearing aids. I've Googled hearing aids. I've researched hearing aids. Basically, I've been trying to learn as much as I can. You know what I found out? Hearing aids are pretty cool! You and your child will think the same way after you start looking. Below, I've included information on hearing aids as well as some great ways to personalize them. Check out these aids! Someone went all out and added rhinestone stickers!
Image: You can find this at Turbo Earamazon.com
Behind The Ear Models For Kids
- Starkey Pediatric Hearing Aids
Kid friendly features such as water resistance. Plus, you can have your favorite character (such as Dora the Explorer) placed on your BTE
- Finding the Right Hearing Aid for your Child, Children's Hearing Aids, HearingPlanet
Children's hearing aid experts of HearingPlanet discuss some recommended styles of hearing aids for your child.
- HAD-4-Kids: A Special Program for Children | www.HearingAidDocs.com
HearingAidDocs.com is committed to providing your children with the highest quality children's hearing aids at the most affordable prices. Visit HAD-4-Kids at HearingAidDocs.com for pricing.
What Is The Right Hearing Aid For My Child?
There are many different types of hearing aids out there, but generally the Behind The Ear (or BTE) is best for younger children. The reason for this is because of the growth children go through. The actual BTE can last for years, but ear molds will have to be fitted as needed. Usually you can tell a new ear mold fitting is needed when feedback occurs. The type of hearing aid needed will be determined by the type and severity of hearing loss. Some aids work better for mild loss then they do for severe or profound hearing loss. You will work with your hearing aid distributor to decide on what works best.
Sign Language Anyone?
Do you know Sign Language?
Bohemian Rhapsody in Sign Language
Buying Hearing Aids
A word of warning. Do not be tempted to buy online. You will need a professional fitting and adjustment. Technology is catching up somewhat for "typical" hearing loss. Aids in this case have come down in price somewhat, but for some of us we will have to pay upwards of $2000 per aid. If you find yourself struggling to come up with this type of money, then I suggest you talk with your local Lion's Club. Most have an Eyesight program and some have that and a Hearing Program to help offset the cost of hearing aids
Fun Hearing Aid Products
- Mr. BTE Hearing Aid Doll with hearing aid dehumidifier - Just Bekuz Products
Just Bekuz Products Co. developed Mr. BTE, the 15-inch doll that looks like a hearing aid. He is a hearing aid accessory complete with hearing aid dehumidifier and a secret pocket to put small items. Kids and parents will love him!
- Critter Clips and other Hearing AId Accessories
Check Out Halfway through the page. These hearing aid clips are cute!
- Tube Riders
These cute accessories really add personality to your little one's hearing aid.
Hear Hayleigh's Story
As Told By Helen Keller
Interesting bit of trivia, Helen Keller was my Great-grandmother's first cousin. I think that makes me her my 3rd cousin. Here is a great book with her personal letters.
Cochlear Implant Information
- National Institutes of Health
Find information on Cochlear Implants and more.
- Cochlear - Implants for Children and Adults - Bionic Ear Hearing Implant | Cochlear
Cochlear the World leader in advanced hearing loss solutions offering Cochlear Implants for adults and children.
- Cochlear Implants
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all.
- Cochlear Implants
Sometimes called a "bionic ear," the cochlear implant can restore hearing for many kinds of hearing loss.
Add A Hearing Aid To A Build A Bear
What a great way to introduce hearing aids to your little one, and it's only 2.00!
Pilot Caps to Keep Baby From Taking Off Hearing Aid
My Twinn Doll
Check out this doll with hearing aids! She is adorable and will be a great motivator for your little girl! Help her learn how to care for aids by using My Twinn.
Check Out These Cool Earmolds and Hayleigh's Charm!
A New Beginning
We have yet to be fitted for hearing aids, but I think we can get a little excited about them. The Cherished Charms website after all has Hello Kitty earrings! You can also get ear molds with glitter in them! Both of these things will score big with my 7 year old! I hope she will be excited when the time comes to pick out her aids!
Update: March 2012, we are scheduled for a tympanoplasty on April 16th. She has a hole in her eardrum that just won't heal. The surgery will essentially reconstruct her ear drum. I hear it is very painful and will most likely have to cut behind her ear and move it out of the way to get to her eardrum due to the fact that she has small ear canals. I'm not sure about this. I'm going to call for a consultation. I'm getting nervous.
April 2012, we saw a new doctor due to insurance change. He said the hole was very small and expects that it will heal on it's own. Her audiogram looked good on her left ear!
Update July 2012: We had to do the tympanoplasty because the hole never healed. I am glad our doctor tried to wait it out, but he did not want the bone exposed and susceptible to infection. Surgery went well. She actually handled the pain at home without any pain medication. That surprised me. We have had two follow up visits. Her doctor says her ear drum looks great. We go back in November for her first hearing test since the surgery.