Discovering that your child has hearing loss can be challenging and it can take a long time to process. At the end of the day it’s important to remain positive and open-minded so you can work with your child to make the most of the situation. Here are our tips for parents on how to come to terms with hearing loss in their children.
Understand the reality of what your child is going through
Dealing with hearing loss in children can be overwhelming for parents, and it’s important to keep in mind that it will also be even more confusing to your child. That’s why it’s essential that you understand the reality of what your child is experiencing. The social and emotional impact of a child’s hearing loss on their life varies with each child, depending on the degree of their hearing loss. Some children may experience minor difficulties, while others may be affected in a myriad of ways.
Examples of how hearing loss can affect your child’s daily life are lowered self-confidence than their peers with normal hearing, impaired speech and language development, and higher irritability and fatigue from the added strain from the increased effort of listening by the end of the school day.
Helping your child build confidence
There are various ways to help your child adapt to their hearing loss and subsequently assist in building their confidence. To ensure your child can hear you as clearly as possible when you’re speaking, get into the habit of making sure you have your child’s full attention when speaking and that they can clearly see your face. This will help them pick up extra cues if any sounds are missed. Make sure there are no distracting noises when communicating, such as television or background music. Lastly, make sure your child’s school teachers are aware of your child’s situation, needs and their best communication strategies.
Choose the best hearing aid for your child
While implementing specific communication strategies for your child with hearing loss can make a world of difference, some children will need more than this; they may need hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices and/or speech therapy depending on the degree of their hearing loss. There are various types of hearing aids that are designed specifically for children, which often include special fittings and other accessories to ensure they won’t remove or misplace their hearing aids. You can also choose whether you want your child’s hearing aids to be behind-the-ear or within in the area and more discreet.
The Art of Hearing – supporting you and your loved ones
If you or your child are experiencing hearing loss, our Perth audiologists are here to provide you with the support and advice about the hearing solutions on your journey to better hearing. At The Art of Hearing, we aim not only to improve your ability to hear, but your overall quality of life. We also understand the impact that hearing loss can have on your individual daily routine, which is why we work with you to find a hearing solution that is best suited to your lifestyle. Contact our Perth hearing clinic today to organise a hearing assessment.