Pediatric Hearing Aids
The ability to hear is vital for developing auditory, language, and social skills in children. Providing optimal and appropriate amplification for the pediatric population is of utmost priority at NSAVL. Hearing aids are the most effective and standard treatment option for most types of hearing loss, and they are beneficial for both children and adults.
Pediatric Hearing Loss
Immediate treatment for a child with hearing loss is vital to optimize development and learning. The most appropriate treatment will depend on the shape, degree and type of hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Styles
There are several hearing aid styles that are appropriate for adults, but behind-the ear (BTE) or receiver-in-the-ear (RIC) hearing aids are most suitable for children. Both BTE and RIC hearing aids sit behind the ear and a tube or wire that extends down the front of the ear and connects to a custom mold in the ear canal. Custom earmolds are almost always recommended for optimal retention in the ear and to reduce the likelihood of a child losing a device.
Hearing Aid Accessories
Used in addition to hearing aids, accessories can further facilitate language and learning. Children commonly use classroom-specific hearing aid accessories that improve the ability to hear speech in less-than-ideal acoustic situations. FM devices and remote microphones are the most commonly used accessories by children.
Older children who are more tech savvy can benefit from the use of wireless remote-controls and/or apps on a smart phone which can allow for precise hearing sound adjustments. Additional accessories can allow your child to wirelessly connect to televisions, cell phones, and computers. Which will help them interact with peers and family members.