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Tips & Tricks for Children with Hearing Aids

Through our own experience and searching the Internet, we have compiled some tips that we have found very useful - topics range from the mundane to the serious.

 

 


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General

  • If you think your homeowner's insurance policy will cover the aids if they are lost or broken, you better consult with your insurance agent. We've read of many cases where homeowner's policies rarely cover them! You may wish to invest in a separate warranty / policy for them. We have links to some providers here.
  • Moisture can kill a hearing aid. Use the desiccant you most likely got from your audiologist regularly - even if you don't think it needs it.
  • If your child's aids have a remote control, be careful with the off button! Both of our kids are hard of hearing and if we turn off one set with the remote control (say to put them away for the night), the signal can go a long ways (even to another room) and turn off the other set! "Uh, oh, Daddy. I need new batteries!" <grin>
  • Are your child's aids continually coming un-tucked from behind the ear? This usually isn't a problem for older kids but the little one's have such small ears, there isn't much there to hold the aid. We recommend using toupee tape (double sided tape basically). The stuff we buy comes in strips about the size of a Band-Aid. We cut it into 10 pieces or so just the right size and peel and stick it to the aid, then to behind the child's ears.
  • For active kids that sweat or little ones that like to chew on their aids, we highly recommend a product called Super Seals. For lack of a better term, they are rubbers that fit over the aid and protect them from moisture. They are easy to put on, come in different colors and can save you from an expensive repair bill!
  • Kids, younger ones especially, will take their aids out - whether to look at them or play with them. Our biggest fear is that one would get dropped and we would lose it. We highly recommend a product called Critter Clips. A lightweight lanyard attaches to the instrument and clips firmly to the child’s clothing with a colorful character. Our audiologist sells them but if yours doesn't, try one of the stores we have listed here.

 


Use and Care

  • Simple soap and water works best for cleaning ear molds. Never use alcohol or other solvents!
  • If you've replaced the battery and the hearing aid still isn't working, check to make sure there isn't ear wax or some other material stuck in the mold. If it still isn't work, take the mold off and then the arm and try again. If the aid works without any of the attachments, something is most likely plugged up somewhere in the mold or arm.

 


Batteries

  • Always make sure you have batteries with you! There is nothing worse than being away from home or on vacation and not having them!
  • We have found Radio Shack to be a great source for hearing aid batteries. If you watch their fliers, they put them on sale often and you get a discount for buying in quantity. We stock up with a BUNCH when they are on sale.
  • When we replace the batteries, we take the little sticker off of the battery and put it on our calendar on whatever the current date is and write whether it was put in the left or right aid (and in our case, with two hard of hearing kids, we note which kid). This is great for tracking trends in battery usage and identifying potential problems with the aids.

 


Ear Molds

  • When our kids were younger, it was not uncommon for them to pull their aids out of their ears. As a side-effect, the tube would sometimes come out of the mold itself. No need to run to the audiologist! We simply used Super Glue to glue the tube back into the mold. You should test the fit of the tube into the mold to make sure you know exactly how to get it in, fast, as Super Glue dries fast. We have also heard that clear nail polish works (and won't dry so fast). If you do this, be sure the tubing goes all of the way in and that you do not get any glue in the tube!
  • There are different manufacturers and different materials used to make ear molds - if you're not happy with one, ask your audiologist to try another. We had problems with molds from one particular company never fitting quite right. Once we switched to another company, we were much happier. We also had some made from a material (unknown) that we weren't pleased with.
  • Did you just get a new set of molds to find that your child is experiencing an inordinate amount of feedback? Don't be shy - return them to your audiologist just like you would any other defective product! There is no reason to pay for something that doesn't work right.

 

 

 
 

Help Kids Hear is a site dedicated to helping parents of deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children. We are parents of hard of hearing kids and simply want to "give back" to the community. We welcome your comments, questions & suggestions. Please drop us a note at info@helpkidshear.org.