Do not compromise on your child’s hearing
Children learn to speak by mimicking what they overhear their caregiver(s) and other people say. Hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to develop speech, language, social skills and inhibit their learning potential.
- language and communication skills
- learning to read
- appreciating music
- marvelling at the sounds of our bustling world
- and warns against the approach of danger
What parents need to know:
The diagnosis of your child suffering from a hearing loss may come as a huge shock. Early intervention is essential and with the appropriate treatment (hearing aid(s) and extensive speech therapy), your child may continue to develop.
The degree of hearing loss varies from mild (a child doesn’t hear as well as he/she should) to profound (the child does not hear anything at all).
From an infant that was newly diagnosed to a tech savvy teenager, Phonak understands that children want technology that is durable and fun to wear. The combination of Phonak hearing innovative technology, dedicated hearing care professionals and the close support of family, will provide the essential help required for children, with a hearing loss, to reach their potential.
When should you have your child’s hearing tested?
- All children, including newborn babies (within hours after birth) should undergo a hearing test
- Hearing tests should be performed on an annual basis to ensure there is no decline in your child’s ability to hear
- Early intervention is of the utmost importance to ensure that your child will develop normal speech and language skills, and reach his/her full potential
Statistics show that if a child with a hearing loss is fitted with the appropriate hearing aids before 6 months of age, he or she should be in a better position to continue developing speech, language and his/her full learning potential.
Infant (0 – 1 years) & Toddlers (1 – 5 years)
Providing auditory stimulation as early as possible is important for a child’s development. Children who are diagnosed with a hearing loss, benefit from early intervention. A professionally fitted hearing aid should be worn as much as possible and parents are advised to encourage from an early age.
Infants and toddlers usually wear Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aids as they provide the best comfort, stability and safety for this age group.
Durability is critical as these hearing aids are subjected to a curious child who will gain more mobility and control as he or she grows. Choices for these younger children should consider your family dynamics. Making your child’s communication with your family as natural and easy as possible can be accomplished with a variety of Phonak paediatric solutions.
School-aged Children (6 – 12 years)
As children enter school, they become responsible for the information that is presented verbally in order to achieve success. For children that suffer from a hearing loss, professionally fitted hearing aids are the first step to accomplishing learning through communication.
School-aged children also start to assert independence and are exposed to more varied and challenging situations that require verbal communication. Your child’s hearing needs may mean that a combination of hearing aid features and accessories may be useful for both school and home. His or her listening devices should be easy to use and fun to wear. At Phonak, we have a portfolio of products that can do just this.
Teenagers (13 – 18 years)
Teenagers mature physically through the last stage of childhood with an increase in their social and communication needs. Your teen with a hearing loss may want to blend in with the crowd or they may assert themselves as unique through fashion or hair choices.
The Phonak portfolio of solutions for better hearing allow them to communicate well in even the most challenging communication situation with independence, finesse and style.