Most deaf children have residual hearing that can be amplified with hearing aids to give some sensation of hearing. When a child wears hearing-aids, it is easier to get their attention and to communicate.
Parents concerned about their child’s hearing can consult a public health nurse, or visit a health centre. It’s important not to delay investigations.
If a hearing aid will not help a child with profound deafness, a cochlear implant may be an option. This however depends on other key factors.
Hearing aids work by making sounds louder. They are available in various shapes and sizes and may be “tuned” to suit your child’s hearing patterns.
Aids can be worn behind the ear, on the body, or in the ear. All models have a microphone to pick up sounds for amplification into the ear.
Your audiologist and / or visiting teacher of the deaf will advise on the most suitable hearing-aid models and accessories for your child’s hearing loss.
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