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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

Hearing Aids Help Hearing Impaired Children Narrow The Learning Gap

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When most people think about hearing aids, they consider them the tools of older adults. Yet, some children struggle with hearing loss from infancy or can develop hearing impairment early in life. For these children, the use of hearing aids can not only improve their quality of life but can help them overcome learning delays that occur due to hearing loss.

Children With Untreated Hearing Loss Face Learning Delays

It has become common knowledge among hearing health care professionals that hearing loss in children contributes to learning delays. From learning different words to proper pronunciation, those children with untreated hearing loss often lagged behind their peers in developing language skills. This delay in learning can have a negative domino effect on a child’s ability to succeed in school.

In a groundbreaking study, researchers tracked both hearing impaired and healthy hearing children for three years to see how their language development and ability progresses. In this study, children with hearing loss used hearing aids.

Those children with well-fitted—both in physical fit and audio programming fit—provided a notable degree of protection against learning delays. However, the researchers also pointed out that over half the children had poorly-fitted hearing aids, which lead to less positive audible growth.

Clearly, hearing aids alone are not enough to ensure that hearing loss is treated. Instead, the quality of the professional providing hearing aid care is critical to achieving the best possible outcomes. It is because of this fact that Hearing & Balance Doctors focus on having experienced and educated doctors of audiology on staff, as well as the latest technology to ensure the best possible hearing outcomes.

How To Help Your Child Effectively Use Hearing Aids At School

Once equipped with well-fitted hearing aids, there are a few more steps parents can take to help their children who use hearing aids succeed in school. Some ways you can help are:

  • Discuss accommodations – Depending on your child’s hearing needs, there may be certain accommodations they will need, from the teacher using an FM transmitter to simply ensuring that your child is in the front of the classroom. Ideally, this should be handled before the school year so that the school has time to adjust to the necessary accommodations.
  • Consider an IEP – Some school administrations can’t—or won’t—make accommodations for your child without an Individual Education Plan mandating the changes. If this is the case for your school district, work with your health care professionals for the necessary documentation to request an IEP for your child.
  • Information card – An information sheet or card that covers the basics of your child’s hearing aids, with things like battery change information and simple program changes, can help your child’s teacher assist with your child’s hearing device.
  • Extra batteries – Hearing aid batteries may die while your child is at school. To avoid disruption in your child’s learning, pack some extra batteries in their backpack. Preferably, these batteries will be in a hard case to protect them and prevent the batteries from getting lost.
  • Hearing aid strap – To help prevent hearing aids from falling out of little ears during recess, you can secure your child’s hearing aids with a hearing aid strap. Most major hearing aid manufacturers produce hearing aid straps, and some crafters have produced fun custom straps that may appeal more to your child.

If you are concerned that your child may have hearing loss, you can always contact us to schedule a diagnostic hearing evaluation. With an in-depth evaluation, our doctors of audiology can determine if your child does have hearing loss, what extent their hearing impairment goes, and what treatment plans can help.

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