If your child’s audiologist has recommended that they need to wear hearing aids, you may be overwhelmed by the options that are available. Parents dealing with a child’s health issue may not know what is the first step to take. That’s why a fully trained, accredited hearing professional is the best person to assist you.
Gone are the days when hearing aids were mere noise amplifiers. Nowadays, hearing aids are far more technologically advanced. Hearing aids are designed to create a natural sound effect, helping the wearer to hear without distortion or interference.
Studies have shown that around 8% of children aged six to 19 experience some sort of hearing impairment. For most of them it will only occur in one ear, but this still affects quality of life considerably. If your child is part of this statistic, read on to find how hearing aids can benefit them.
1. Development of Vital Social Skills
Not being able to hear and understand can lead to feelings of isolation and frustration. Those who are hard of hearing may even retreat and avoid social events. The less your child hears, the less they’ll be able to understand and communicate. They may avoid interacting with friends and family to escape from the challenges of not hearing. Hearing aids will help your child to hear words and sounds. This will help them to understand what is being said and to be able to communicate. By developing their speech, they’ll be improving vital social skills
2. Coping Skills for Educational Success
Children with hearing loss will find the classroom challenging. If they’re not able to keep up with what the teacher is saying, they could start falling behind with their schoolwork. It won’t take long for your child to start losing confidence in the classroom environment. It’s important to deal with your child’s hearing loss as soon as you can. The best way to do this is to equip them with hearing aids. You’ll notice marked improvements in your child’s schoolwork when they’re able to hear what is being taught.
3. A Boost In Confidence
A child who can socialize and do well in the classroom is going to have better levels of self-esteem. When a child battles in both social and classroom environments, they’ll often withdraw from life. Hearing loss is one of the reasons your child may be isolating themselves and battling with low self-esteem. Equipping your child with hearing aids will not only improve their hearing, but it will also give them more confidence to cope with both social and school environments.
Having a child with a hearing challenge can be daunting for both you as the parent as well as your child. However, this shouldn’t be a challenge you can’t overcome together. Thanks to innovation, modern healthcare solutions and increased knowledge on this topic, families can be empowered. Hearing professionals can assist all of you to still enjoy quality of life, despite it being slightly different than some other households. Whether it’s with a hearing aid or other solution, you can assist your child. If you have a success story, please encourage others with your input.
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