Child With Hearing Aids? Routine Is Key

Posted on: 17 March 2021

If your child has recently gotten new hearing aids or they are getting them shortly, you need to learn how you are going to care for them. Depending on the age of your child, you will either need to care for them exclusively, or you will need to teach your child how to care for them.

Whenever children get hearing aids, there are challenges. Some children do not like how they feel in their ears, and may not want to wear them as often as they should. Constantly reminding them to wear their aids may be essential for the first few days and weeks. It is extremely important that you establish and maintain a routine when it comes to your child's hearing aids. Here are a few things you may want to incorporate into your routine while you are still getting it established.

A Designated Place

One of the hardest parts of using hearing aids is making sure that they are always accounted for, especially when not in use. If your child needs to remove them during the day during certain activities (such as swimming) or at night to go to bed, they should always put them in the same place, or in a case. You may want to designate a certain pocket in your child's backpack for storing their aids while at school or a very specific spot of where they should put them each night before bed. 

Hearing Checks

Each day you should incorporate hearing checks into your morning routine. Put in your child's hearing aids, or have them put them in, and then make sure that they can hear. This will help you to make sure that they are all set before going to school or daycare. Instead of having to deal with a problem once you have already separated from each other, you can proactively make sure that they are prepared. 

Keep Notes

You should keep track of how your child's hearing aids are working out by taking notes at the end of each day or week. Document any issues that you have so that you can discuss them with your child's audiologist at their next appointment. 

In conclusion, children thrive on routine. Make sure that you are being consistent in order to help them ease into their new life with hearing aids. The more consistent you are, the easier it may be. Talk to your child's audiologist if you need more tools on how to create and stick with a hearing aid maintenance routine.