If you feel your baby may have hearing problems, you should visit the doctor straight away. Keep an eye out for any signs, the sooner it is diagnosed, and treatment can begin, the better. It is of the utmost importance to diagnose any problems quickly, and find the right solution for your child. Without this, the harm done could affect that child, not only during those all important developing years, but also throughout its adult life.
Slow development of language skills could indicate a hearing problem. If your child is not talking when others of the same age are, it might be a good idea to check their hearing is normal. Take them to the doctor for a check up, just to make sure. There might be a problem you haven’t realized beforehand.
A child can not develop speech correctly if they can not hear properly. Certain types of hearing loss can be hereditary. An example is sensorineural hearing loss caused by problems within the middle ear. If there is a family history of hearing loss, there is a greater possibility your child will also suffer problems. If your child has been unfortunate enough to suffer a head trauma, there is also a high risk of a hearing problem developing. A bacterial disease, such as meningitis can also cause problems.
Deciding which hearing aid, best suited for your child, can be quite daunting. It is vital that parents consult an Audiologist and listen to their advice. Any adjustments that may need to be made to later on, especially where a very young child is concerned, will have to be made by you. Also, as the child grows up, their hearing may change, so parents do have keep an eye on things, constantly.
A Behind the Ear Hearing Aid is the most common device used for children. It has an ear mould that fits inside the ear; this will definitely have to change as the child grows. It is however, one of the easiest aids for parents to monitor and is easily cleaned, sturdy and flexible.
Doctors tend to recommend Digital Hearing Aids because of their superior sound quality, in comparison to their analogue counterparts, their flexibility and the choice of add on features available. Parents often choose the Digital Hearing Aid for the same reasons. A useful add on feature for children is they can use assistive educational technology with the Digital Hearing Aid, whereby the unit can be connected to various devices. Telecoils are another useful add on as they can be attached to a variety of devices, including the telephone, enabling an audio input to be connected directly.
It always worrying when you discover your child has a hearing problem. Remember, if treated correctly they can lead fully and happy lives, as well as any other child or adult.
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