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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

Why Family Engagement Is Important For Kids With Hearing Loss


Most children born with hearing loss are born into families with parents and siblings with normal hearing. This difference can make it more difficult for the family to understand the challenges the child with hearing loss will face. As the child’s main support line, the family needs to be willing to put in the work necessary to help them feel engaged with the family. This engagement is critical during the child’s emotional, social, academic, and language development.

With a nurturing and engaging environment for the child with hearing loss, they’re more likely to persevere through hearing loss complications that might otherwise leave them feeling discouraged and isolated.

If you have a child with hearing loss, follow along with the Hearing & Balance Doctors’ guide to foster family engagement and create a nurturing environment for the hearing impaired child.

Accepting Your Child’s Hearing Loss

Before you can move forward with family engagement, you must be able to accept that your child has hearing loss. This can be difficult for many parents in the beginning, and it’s important to know that you’re not alone. You might find yourself asking:

  • Will my child be able to take care of themself independently?
  • Are there activities my child won’t be able to participate in?
  • How will my child make friends?
  • What challenges will they face academically?
  • Will they find a partner and have children?

You’re not alone in your worry, and it can be extremely helpful to find a community of parents who are going through a similar experience. Once you can accept that your child has a hearing impairment, you will encourage engagement within your household and create a sense of normalcy that your child wants.

Engaging with Your Child with Hearing Loss

Your child is going to face developmental challenges that a child with normal hearing wouldn’t typically face. This doesn’t mean your child will be any less successful at what they do, but they might need to work harder for it. Family engagement is a critical element that plays into the child’s development. While it can be frustrating at times because of the communication barrier, it is crucial for their development and socialization.

When your child feels accepted at home, they’re going to be more confident as they venture out into the real world. Take the time for your family to learn more about audiology as a whole and more about your child’s specific hearing impairment. Find various resources for them within the community, especially peer support with children around the same age, to encourage them to break down any communication barriers. Encourage them when they are frustrated and work with them to improve at whatever they are trying to achieve.

Finding the Right Treatment for Your Child’s Hearing Loss

If your child is suffering from hearing loss, it could negatively impact their early development without proper engagement from your family. Find ways to be involved in their lives, especially for activities related to their hearing loss. As a way to engage with your child and help them overcome communication barriers, you can help them find the right hearing aids to help amplify sounds — enabling them to communicate with you, your family, and their friends more effectively. Call Hearing & Balance Doctors to learn more about our children’s hearing aid options.

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