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Taking Care of Your Child’s Hearing Aid

Much of what your child learns is through hearing. That’s why it can be quite frightening when a parent discovers their child needs a hearing aid.

From birth to three years, babies are learning speech and language. This development is natural; it cannot be taught. If your child has hearing loss, pursuing a consistent hearing method is vital. Often, that method is hearing aids.

What is a Hearing Aid?

A hearing aid is a small device worn in the ear to amplify sound. There are hearing aids that intelligently filter out background noise and enhance speech.

Hearing Aids and Children’s Ages

The American Speech Language Hearing Association finds that children who have worn hearing aids since infancy have less trouble wearing them consistently. Children who get hearing aids at an older age tend to pull them out more and desire to wear them less.

Hearing Aid Upkeep

If your child wears or is going to wear a hearing aid, it’s important to take care of them. Once your child is old enough, teach them how to take care of their hearing aids themselves. The sooner, the better.

  • Check Batteries—Change the batteries often because old batteries can cause damage to the device. Keep spare batteries with you.
  • Clean Them—Use a dry towel or ear swab to remove wax from the hearing aid. Only use soap when cleaning the ear molds separately.
  • Avoid Wetting Them—Always make sure the hearing aid is in a dry place. Or consider waterproof aids.

Encouraging Your Child

Your child may be reluctant to wear their hearing aids, but there are methods parents can utilize.

  • Have your child pick out the color and/or design of the hearing aid.
  • Increase how long they wear them until they’re used to having them in all day.
  • If your child is young, teach them that only adults can take out their aids.

If you believe your child has hearing loss, it’s necessary to seek a pediatrician. You can request an appointment here with Pediatrix.

Posted in Blog, Hearing, Technology on April 20th, 2018

Are Kids Affected by Technology?

Technology is a fact of life in modern culture, and there’s no question that devices, including cell phones and video game systems, affect our children. As with most things, there are pros and cons..

Technology Pros

Education and imagination have been positively influenced. Games, devices, and software have been developed to improve most areas of modern life including academics, physical skills, communication, health, and social skills. Teen drug use is down, and researchers suggest one of the factors may be the availability of devices for entertainment. As time passes, more and more parents grew up with video games, computers, Internet access, and cell phones. This means younger parents are more knowledgeable about controlling children’s exposure to media.

Technology Cons

The bad news is there are negative effects to any technology no matter how well intended. In this case, too much of a good thing can lead to disrupted sleep patterns, obesity, diminished social skills, and mood issues. Cyberbullying concerns parents and educators, and road safety experts grapple with the issues of distracted driving and walking which can lead to serious injuries or death. Internet access exposes your child to information, but some of that information may not be what you have in mind, and predators could pretend to be anyone. That’s why it’s important to monitor your child or teen’s devices and online activities, no matter how dictatorial it may seem.

What You Can Do

As a parent, it’s critical to understand the benefits and risks of any technology used by your child. The first step is to educate yourself. Is the content of a game age-appropriate? Is the device or game online or offline? Is the device connected to a private network, open Wi-Fi, or mobile networks? Are parental controls activated and effective? Are you and your child up to date on Internet safety? After that, it all comes down to balance.

Making and enforcing rules is easier said than done. If you have health concerns related to technology, consult with your pediatrician for the latest findings. Request an appointment at Pediatrix today.

Posted in Blog, Technology on April 13th, 2018