By admin | September 11, 2012
As the 2012-13 school year starts, several parents have asked how to keep hearing-devices on their children, during creche, preschool or school hours.
Hearing-aids and cochlear implant (CI) processors may fall off. This can be because:
- The child’s ears are still very small at this stage, for a device to ’sit’ on
- The child is running around amidst other children, or is playing sports
- A slightly stronger magnet in the CI processor’s coil may be needed
Other parents have found these solutions helpful:
- For very young babies with aids, try a baby bonnet in fine fabric
- Using a cable to clip an aid or CI processor to your child’s clothes
- A wrap-around snug-fit for a CI processor to keep it in place
- Looking at Huggie-bands or Ear Gear kit to secure hearing-aid/s
- A soft head- or hair-band, to sit over a CI processor and anchor it
Cochlear’s accessories list for babies and young children is online. Some parents use toupee tape to keep CI processors on their childrens’ heads, but mixed reports have resulted, as hair can get very tangled in the tape.
Sport and lifestyle accessories are also available from Cochlear. For sport involving helmets or possible head-impacts, Mycro Sportsgear in Cork, will customise its GAA hurling helmets with small metal grids over the ear-area to guard hearing-aids or cochlear implant processors, as needed.
What else works for you?