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Hearing Aids for Children

childrens hearingAs Parents we know that the earlier a hearing loss is identified and intervention provided, the better the prognosis for the child's speech and language development. “Early Intervention” refers to the steps a family can take to achieve their child’s full potential!

If you have just learned that your child has a hearing loss, this may be an emotional time filled with lots of questions and uncertainty. You may be wondering what the future holds and if hearing loss will have an affect on their education, behaviour, and social skills.

Causes of Hearing Loss in Children

There are many causes of childhood hearing loss. Primary factors are high-risk pregnancies, various infectious diseases, use of certain medications, alcohol or drug abuse during pregnancy. Although less common, hereditary irregularities and infant meningitis are also possible causes.

Each child's requirement is unique and will determined by professionals. They include Paediatricians, Audiologists, and a speech and language therapist. Other medical professionals may be consulted if the child has other underlying medical issues.

Educational and Social Development

Your child will experience all the joys of childhood as well as the best possible academic and social achievement with your support. The most important thing you can do to ensure your child’s educational success is to work closely with teachers and the local school. Your Audiologist is also an invaluable resource because they have experience with these situations.

Allow your child to learn and explore just like any child, and encourage them to discover things on their own. Help them develop a sense of independence and confidence in their own abilities. Encourage daily routines and to become involved in social and extracurricular activities with other children.

Hearing Aid Technology for Kids

Thanks to todays advanced technology, Siemens hearing instruments are loaded with many features which will benefit your child's ability to listen in even the noisiest of environments. The instruments can be programmed to process individual sounds differently and amplify them where necessary according to the child's hearing loss. Wearing two hearing instruments, known as binaural amplification, is recommended where there is a hearing loss in both ears. Binaural Amplification provides the brain with input signals from both ears. This is important for balanced hearing and improved spatial awareness.

Siemens Explorer is the only hearing instrument family that was designed exclusively for children. Incorporating cutting-edge technology based on the latest paediatric hearing research with time-tested features and design mean Siemens Explorer is ready to meet all the demands of childhood, from birth to adolescence.

Siemens Explorer 500 M and 500 P are the perfect fit for small ears, and are packed with sophisticated features designed to help kids learn about their world. They are exceptionally versatile, and can be easily adapted to the changing social and educational challenges that children face at different ages. Siemens Explorer is ready for the rough and tumble world of childhood. Equipped with a host of safety features, it’s not only full of best-in-class technology, it’s one of the safest hearing solutions available for children. Rounded push buttons are hard for babies to break or bite off. Baby safe battery doors are impossible for babies to tamper with, but easy for parents and caregivers to control. A special nano coating on the outside of the hearing aid is designed to repel dirt, moisture, and other debris before it can do damage to delicate instrument components. Siemens Explorer is compatible with all commercially available FM systems so children can excel both in and out of the classroom.

It is also important to mention that many of the Behind the Ear (BTE) and On The Ear (OTE) instruments in the Siemens product portfolio can be adapted and programmed to suit a child's hearing loss. Your Audiologist will be able to advice you which system will work best for you and your child.

childrens hearingPlease note, not all hearing professionals deal with children, please email or phone Acoustic Technologies Ltd for advice on your nearest Paediatric service.

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