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Understanding the road ahead in the world of HEARING

Understanding the road ahead in the world of HEARING

Posted on 2017-06-01

Part I

Hearing Aids For Kids and Teens

If your child is struggling to hear there are many hearing solutions designed specifically for children. Early intervention is crucial to meet learning goals. Delaying even a few months can have a major impact on your child’s social and language development since the brain of a child is rapidly changing and developing.

Hearing aids amplify the sounds of speech that are missing due to the hearing loss. Hearing speech is important to producing clear speech. Researchers are trying to better understand how problems develop, how they can be prevented and how best to help people who are suffering from hearing loss.

Regardless of the appearance of hearing aids for kids and teens, all hearing aids have certain characteristics in common. They are made to selectively increase the volume of the sounds your child needs to hear. The hearing aids can make soft sounds audible, while at the same time making moderate or loud sounds comfortable. No hearing aid can solve every hearing problem or restore normal hearing, but they are designed to provide amplification so that your child can hear and understand better. Hearing aids made for children stress safety and durability. Battery doors are tamperproof, so curious little fingers can’t open the hearing aids. We know that kids and teens are active, enjoy sports, and play outside in all kinds of weather. Advanced nanotech coatings protect the hearing aids from dirt, sweat, and even rain PLUS they are so colorful that kids want to show them off.

Hearing aids are often able to be re-cased in various colors or a discreet tone to blend with hair or skin. Behind-the-ear (BTE) aids may have bulky tubing and ear molds that fill up the ear. If appropriate, your audiologist may be able to order new ear molds that blend with skin tone and fill up less of the outer ear or switch to a slim tube fitting.

 Have a question about testing for hearing loss and hearing aids? Call the Shea Clinic today to set up an appointment with our experts. Call now locally at 901-761-9720 or toll free at 800-477-SHEA.


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