Children who are hard of hearing are
becoming an increasing priority for many hearing
healthcare companies. There are a variety of unique
product offerings specifically for children that are
available in many different styles, types and colors.
The type of hearing aid device will greatly depend on
the type and extent of the child's hearing loss,
although behind-the-ear (BTE) devices are often
recommended for children because they are durable and
robust. BTE aids are most practical for children because
they are less reliant on the size of the inner ear.
Custom ear molds for behind-the-ear (BTE) aids are soft
and easy to clean and, although they may need to be
replaced because children grow at rapid rates, they are
easier and less expensive to replace than in-the-ear (ITE)
or in-the-canal (ITC) aids. Also, many parents find it
beneficial that they can easily monitor and control
behind-the-ear (BTE) aids.
Children's Hearing Aid Features
Many companies now offer devices with greater
functionality for adults, children and even infants.
Here are just a few innovative features and programs
which have been specifically designed for children:
Fun color assortments or ones that match skin tones
Tamper-resistant battery cases
Tamper-proof volume control buttons
Starkey has created a program called Star Kids which
provides communication materials for children and their
families to provide them with fun and knowledgeable
resources about their device.
Some children's hearing aids can also be connected to
other listening devices, in the following ways:
T-switch or telecoil is
a small wire inserted into a hearing aid. The telecoil
is used to improve telephone communication and it can be
used with other assistive devices to enhance television
and stereo enjoyment.
An FM system can work great in a classroom as it allows
the child to hear the teacher's voice above disruptive
classroom noise. A teacher wears a small microphone and
transmitter that sends sound directly to the child's
hearing aid and receiver using a wireless FM
Children's hearing aids are more technologically
advanced than ever before. Manufacturers are offering
hearing aids for children with many practical and