There’s absolutely no comparison between today’s small, smart and powerful hearing aids and their older counterparts. But this convenience is not without a downside. While the likelihood of a serious injury from hearing aids is low, there are several things you can do to minimise the risk.
Lock battery doors
Hearing aid batteries are small. Because they can easily be swallowed or inserted into the body, they should be considered a hazard. One way to stop your child from accidentally removing the battery from the aid is to ensure you use the battery door lock.
Use child safety bags
Another way to keep batteries out of your child’s way is to place them in a safety bag such as this one by Juno ChildSafe. The bag has been designed with a locking system that helps prevent children from accessing the contents and a zippered compartment for easy retrieval of smaller items. You can order the Juno Childsafe bag in a variety of colours directly or through your local Australian Hearing centre.
Watch the hearing aid ear hook
Check that the hook is firmly attached to the hearing aid. If it is loose, screw it back onto the aid so that it sits tightly. If the hook is still loose after you’ve tried to tighten it, take the aid to your Australian Hearing centre so that the hook can be replaced.
Check the earmould
Ensure the earmould tubing is pushed tightly onto the hearing aid ear hook, and that the earmould material is firmly attached to the tubing at all times. If the earmould tubing has split or hardened, the mould may not stay firmly attached to the hearing aid. With the normal wear and tear associated with the regular use of hearing aids by young children, the earmould material may become loose on the tubing. Your Australian Hearing centre technician can replace the tubing on your mould, or re-glue the mould onto the tubing if required
Keep hearing aids in place
“Aviator” style caps are lightweight and designed specifically to help prevent little hands removing hearing devices. Some of them, such as the SonicBabe aviator cap that is manufactured in Australia, use materials that don't interfere with the hearing aid signal. The SonicBabe cap can be ordered directly or through your local Australian Hearing centre.
Your paediatric audiologist can provide you with medical grade double-sided tape and a hearing aid safety line. The tape helps keep the aids secure on the head and the safety line stops them from falling onto the floor or being put into the babies mouth.
Contact your local Australian Hearing clinic to find out more.