If you have a child who has just been diagnosed with a hearing problem, then you may need to invest in hearing aids for your son or daughter. And, choosing child-friendly options in regard to the aids can help to ensure a successful transition to their use. Keep reading to read about some features and options that you should be looking for.
Hearing aids are becoming more and more sophisticated and many devices now have the option of connecting to different types of technology. And, these aids are HATS-compatible. HATS stands for hearing assistive technology systems, and these systems are used to encourage hearing and communication in a variety of situations.
A compatible aid can be used with an amplification system in the classroom. Your son or daughter's teacher can place a small microphone towards the front of the class and the microphone will transmit an FM signal that is picked up by the hearing aid. The sounds are then transformed into sound. This sort of HATS system and others require a small device called a boot that is plugged into the hearing aid and this allows for the transmission.
Other types of HATS systems can be used with televisions and telephones, and they can also be added to doorbells, fire alarms, and alarm clocks.
While many newer aids are HATS-compatible, not all are, so make sure that the device you choose has this option so your child can use their aid in a variety of different situations.
Children will often lose hearing aids. Unfortunately, they are quite expensive, and you are likely to shell out quite a bit of money to replace an aid that has been lost. To prevent this sort of situation, you can purchase certain devices with the hearing aid that will keep it attached to your son or daughter. So, make sure that the hearing aid you buy allows for this sort of device.
You can work with your child's audiologist to find the right kind of attachment. One of the most common devices is called a hearing aid clip. This device features two round silicone bands that slip around the outside of each behind the ear device. These bands attach to cords that are secured to the clothing with either an alligator clip or a pin.
Headband and hat attachments are an option as well. Keep in mind that these devices are only an option for behind the ear type aids.
If you want to know more about hearing aid use and how the assistive devices can be best used for children, speak to an audiologist. For more information, reach out to professionals like those at Waters ENT Sinus & Allergy.