Hearing Aid Evaluation and Fitting
Before your child can be recommended for a hearing aid, he or she will undergo a series of testing to determine the etiology and severity of his or her hearing loss and the most appropriate treatment or therapy. A hearing aid may be recommended if your child’s hearing impairment cannot be treated surgically. A hearing aid can be beneficial for all degrees of hearing loss, whether mild, moderate, severe or profound.
Children’s uses verification equipment to make sure each child’s hearing aid processes sounds as close as possible to natural levels. It also ensures the hearing aid is compatible with other hearing assistance technology and educational tools used in the child’s classroom.
Infants as young as four weeks can be fitted with hearing aids and hearing assistive technology systems. As your child grows and matures, the hearing aid will also need to be adjusted accordingly.
Several types of hearing aids are available for your child. The most common are the behind-the-ear hearing aid usually recommended for infants and young children and the in-the-ear style usually recommended for older children.
The behind-the-ear hearing aid has the following benefits:
• Accommodates various ear mold types
• Ear mold detaches and can be easily modified as the child grows
• Easy to handle and clean
• Ability for parents and caregivers to perform listening checks and make adjustments
• Can accommodate a wide variety of hearing losses
• Can be made with direct audio input or a telecoil allowing it to be used with other listening devices
• Ear molds are made of a soft material that is comfortable for tiny ears
Once you have chosen a hearing aid, our audiologist will set the hearing aid based on the results of your child’s hearing tests. The hearing aids come with a minimum two-year warranty that covers all repairs and follow-up visits during that period. Initially, your child may need to be seen multiple times during the first few months for adjustments and education and counseling. After that, follow-up visits are recommended every six to 12 months.