How to help your child with a hearing loss enjoy playing sport

A hearing loss is no reason for your child to miss out. Participation in sport often requires minimal to no modification and with you as their cheer squad, they will soon be scoring goals and achieving personal bests.

Team sports provide benefits far beyond just the physical. Through sport, kids make friends, learn cooperation and build confidence. Studies even show a direct correlation between physical activity and academic performance. Plus, it’s really, really good fun.

Whether your child dreams of being the next Tim Cahill or Sally Pearson, or just wants to be active with friends, it’s easy to help them with their sporting goals.

Be positive

Kids often follow our lead when developing their outlook, so if you’re enthusiastic when they start a team sport, they’re more likely to be too. If they’re anxious, remind them that we all feel nervous when trying new things and that learning a new sport takes time, but it’s worth sticking with it.

Coach the coach

Speak to the coach so they understand your child’s requirements. Outline simple tips and perhaps email relevant information like this flyer about including children with a hearing loss in sport so they have an arsenal of techniques to work with.

Buddy up

Your child may benefit from one of their teammates acting as their buddy. They can help alert your child when the coach wants their attention or repeat instructions to ensure they are understood.

Keep hearing aids dry

Modern hearing aids and cochlear implant sound processors are certainly up to the rigors of most team sports. That said, you may need to take steps to avoid moisture damage. A dehumidifier box, which will dry out the hearing aid overnight, is an inexpensive and effective way to remove moisture.

Call in reinforcements

Some hearing aid or sound processor designs fall out more than others. If your child’s is susceptible, look at ways to keep them in place You can buy specialists headbands, loops or clips for hearing aids and sound processes here. Sweatbands may also be an option, with the bonus that they also help prevent moisture damage.

Cheer them on

Now they’re all set, encourage them to get in and have fun on the field. It’s always great as a parent to see them learn new skills and make friends. Who knows, you may even have a sporting superstar in the making!

If you need advice further discussions about your child’s hearing loss, get in touch with us today.