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Helping your child get used to their hearing aids

Published: 6/27/2023 1:54:15 AM

Every year, a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children start using hearing aids for the first time. 
But what happens after that? 
Your child will learn from your attitude toward hearing aids. Be positive and calm about the aids when you are talking to your child about them, and also when telling others about them. If you aren’t sure what to say, your audiologist can help. 

Talking with your child 

Children learn to understand and speak languages by listening and talking to you. Hearing aids make this a lot easier, but there will still be times when they can't hear well. Everyone has trouble hearing sometimes. Getting your child’s attention, repeating yourself in different ways and finding a quiet place will help. 

How to look after hearing aids 

Try not to get hearing aids wet, hot, dusty or dirty. Keep them up and away from pets, and dogs in particular as they tend to like hearing aids. When your child takes them out at bedtime, wipe them over and check that they are working. 

We’re here to help you get adjusted to life with hearing aids and manage your child’s hearing loss. If you have any further questions, please contact us. 

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